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The Amazing Story of Kefir

Kefir and Kefiran

We were first introduced to Kefir 5 years ago. Why we never heard of that fermented dairy drink before still amazes us. We’ve always adored fermented, raw, traditional food. We do travel extensively yet never heard of Kefir. We were familiar with “buttermilk” in the UK and “Lait Ribot” in France, which have similar textures and tastes as Kefir. Today we can find Kefir drinks in American grocery stores. This “yogurt-like drink" is available in many flavors, many textures, unsweetened and sweetened..

We are not sure how it compares to the “traditional kefir” that is still made in the Caucasus mountain of Russia - We heard that no kefiran polysaccharide was found in a leading kefir drink- but it offers an healthy choice from the “sweet / candy” dessert products in the yogurt aisle.

High in the rugged mountains of the northern Caucasus, where Europe and Asia meet, men and women have been drinking Kefir for so many centuries; nobody really knows who discovered it and how it came to be. Although the name is derived from a Turkish word (keif, which roughly translates as well-being”), the drink originates in a region well to the north of Turkey, between the Black and Caspian seas.

According to one legend, the father of Kefir was a shepherd who wanted something to quench his thirst as he wandered the high, sunny meadows. Filling a leather bag with fresh milk, he hung it from his belt, and set out after his flock. Some days later, the shepherd realized his refreshing drink wasn’t milk any more. It had turned thick and acquired a sour, tangy flavor and a fizzy kick. And in the bottom of the bag, when the liquid was gone, he discovered a soft, gooey white mass of “kefir grains” that he could either eat or, better yet, add to another bag of milk and turn that into Kefir too.


For hundreds of years, the secret of kefir remained locked in those rugged mountains. But gradually, word leaked out about those hardy shepherds, who were said to live to 100 and beyond, and the secret wonder food that kept them healthy to such advanced ages.

Today, Kefir is a popular drink in Eastern Europe and the countries of the former USSR and is only now being discovered by health-conscious Americans who value the millions of probiotic (lactobacillus) bacteria it contains. Not everybody can drink it, though. The sour flavor, viscous texture and high calorie count can be hard to get used to and some of our friends just can’t take it. And the fact that it’s made from milk can be a real problem for thousands who are lactose-intolerant or just have decided not to include dairy in their diet. Whether the Kefir is made from cow’s milk, goat’s milk or rice milk, as it is fermenting it forms a complex carbohydrate called kefiran. It is kefiran – along with the probiotic bacteria – that researchers suspect is responsible for many of kefir’s beneficial activities.

If you can’t drink dairy Kefir or if you are looking for a low calorie, vegan alternative, you may consider adding KEFIRAN, a new supplement, to your diet. Two KEFIRAN capsules supply the same amount of kefiran polysaccharide as a quart of traditional Kefir plus 50 billion probiotic (good) bacteria for digestive health.
KEFIRAN capsules are dairy, lactose and gluten free, have virtually no calories, no taste, and are 100% vegan.


More info at www.kefiranhealth.com



Bloating and Occasional Diarrhea

Flora3 is a probiotic, prebiotic and bacillus coagulans in one. Flora3 is different from other probiotics. It does not need refrigeration. And it doesn't require billions and billions of bacteria to be effective.

Flora3 is a probiotic, prebiotic and bacillus coagulans in one. Flora3 is different from other probiotics. It does not need refrigeration. And it doesn't require billions and billions of bacteria to be effective. Flora3 features a unique probiotic, friendly yeast called Saccharomyces boulardii, or S. Boulardii for short. S. Boulardii promotes, strengthens and maintains good bacteria in the digestive tract. But as a non-pathogenic (good) yeast, S. Boulardii works differently than bacteria. It's not fragile, thriving when other probiotics fail.*

Why S. Boulardii is Special?
Boulardii was first isolated from tropical fruits in 1923 by French researcher Henri Boulard. Since then S. Boulardii has been extensively tested for intestinal health in children and adults, demonstrating a high level of safety and unusual intestinal benefit. As a non-pathogenic yeast, it is different than pathogenic yeast associated with certain infections.* Most probiotics simply populate your intestine with good bacteria. As a good yeast, S. Boulardii appears to offer unique properties for health intestinal suppport.

First, in vivo research suggests that S. Boulardii secretes a protease enzyme that breaks down or even digests toxins. Additional research indicates that certain pathogenic bacteria may end-up binding to the surface of S. Boulardii yeast. Once bound, the pathogens are eliminated with the next bowel movement. Finally, S. Boulardii may reduce the hyper secretion of water and electrolytes caused by certain toxins that may result in dehydration and other imbalances.*

Second: Bacillus Coagulans
Flora3 also contains bacillus coagulans (B. coagulans). B. coagulans are also not typical bacteria probiotics. They contain no lactobacillus. But, in the body, they produce spores of lactic acid bacteria that populate the intestine. Preliminary research suggests that B. coagulans may benefit urinary tract health and immune response. B. coagulans are an emerging science in need of more human studies. But initial evidence suggests that they may complement the remarkable flora action of S. boulardii.*

Finally: Special Prebiotic blend.
Flora3 features a special Prebiotics blend. Prebiotic are designed to stimulate the growth of Bifidobacterium in the large intestine by creating ideal conditions for micro flora to colonize. The special prebiotic blend in Flora3 contains FOS, ionic minerals and fulvic acid. FOS is classified as inulin-like prebiotic. The ionic minerals and fulvic acid in the prebiotic blend also may create a suitable environment for bacteria growth.*

New Thinking in Flora Support. Flora3 is different than ordinary probiotics. It combines prebiotics and bacillus coagulans with a sage, effective probiotic yeast. It doesn't need to be refrigerated. And requires as little as two capsules daily. Try Flora3 fro bloating and diarrhea support.*

For daily benefits, take 2 capsules daily. For Maximum benefits, take 2 capsules twice daily. The capsule contents may also be sprinkled into a cool drink, yogurt or applesauce. You may take with or without food.

Click here to order Flora3


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q:What are Probiotics, prebiotics and bacillus coagulans?
A: Probiotics are bacteria or yeasts that, when taken, produce health benefits, usually related to digestive balance.Prebiotics are nutrients that promote an ideal environment for probiotics to thrive in you digestive tract. Bacillus coagulans are an emerging area of flora support. They create bacillus spores in the intestine that can broaden probiotic support in the body. Flora3 contains all three and is targeted for bloating and occasional diarrhea.*

Q:What Makes Flora3 Different?
A: Most probiotic supplements, like acidophilus, contain billions of good but fragile bacteria. Flora3 features Saccharomyces boulardii, non-pathogenic -and effective-probiotic yeast. S. Boulardii is stable at room temperature and works at times when other bacterial probiotics fail. Flora3 also contains prebiotics and bacillus coagulans, for complete flora support in the body.

Q:How do I take Flora3?
A: For daily benefits, take 2 capsules daily. For maximum benefits, take 2 capsules twice daily. The capsule contents may also be sprinkled into a cool drink, yogurt or applesauce. You may take Flora3 with or without food.

Q:Are there any side effects when taking Flora3?
A: Research studies on the three components suggest few to no side effects, although the prebiotics and bacillus coagulans have limited or no human trials. If you have an allergy to yeast, consult with your doctor.
Q:Are there any animal products, gluten or lactose in Flora3?
A: No. Even the Capsule is vegetarian suitable.
Q:Does Flora3 need to be refrigerated?
A: No, store it at room temperature in a dry place.
Q:What research has been done of Flora3?
A: The Saccharomyces boulardii probiotic has been extensively tested in adults and children. The prebiotics and bacillus coagulans represent emerging science, with much less definitive research. Much of it involves in vitro and in vivo research.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

It seems that most every health expert recommends taking fish oil.Omega 3 fish oils have become very popular, so popular in fact thatconcerns are being raised about the survival of certain fish species.

SUSTAINABLE Marine Oil Pearls:

EcoOmega contains sustainable food grade Calamari oil. Calamari isnaturally high in DHA and has a higher concentration of DHA thanbest-selling Omega-3 Fish Oil. Nearly 60% of the Omega 3 in Eco Omega is DHA. Eco Omega Marine Oil is a very pure, clean and effective source of DHA and EPA.

Certified Sustainable by Friend of the Sea

In1987, the WCED commission of the United Nations defined sustainabledevelopment as "development that meets the needs of the present withoutcompromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."In 2006, a non-profit organization called "Friend of the Sea" began to audit and certify companies that fish or farm fish for sustainablilty. Certified companies must adhere to strict sustainable activities.

In 2010, the calamari oil in Eco Omega was certified as sustainable by Friend of the Sea. Calamari (squid) is very different from other Omega 3marine sources (tuna, cod, anchovy, or krill). Reproductive age andlifespan are keys for population sustainablility. Squid reachreproduction age quickly and die after spawning, typically in less than 450 days. In contrast, the lifespan or reproductive age of yellow fintuna, cod, anchovy and krill can be measured in years, and even decades.Long lifespan and slow reproduction, combined with aggressive fishing,can jeopardize the populations of certain species over time. Calamari isnaturally more sustainable.

To further ensure sustainablilty, the Eco Omega oil is pressed from the trimmings of calamari alreadycaught for food. Calamari is not caught stricktly for its oil. And EcoOmega calamari fishing methods are environmentally sensitive. There islittle "by-catch" of other marine animals.

Why You Need Omega 3 Every Day?

Omega3 cannot be made by the body. You must get it from food or supplements.Omega 3 is highly concentrated the brain, heart, eyes and nervoussystem. Two key types of Omega 3 fatty acids are EPA and, especially,DHA. A serving of Eco Omega contains 250 mg of DHA and 125 mg of EPA.Traditional fish oils have much more EPA than DHA. In 2008, the PointInstitute of Nutritional Health rated DHA more important than EPA fortwice as many health conditions. These included general well-being,cadiovascular and eye health and brain acuity.*

A Pearl Sized Softgel.

Forgetoversized Omega 3 capsules. Eco Omega comes in a tiny softgel pearl.You can chew or easily swallow the pearls whole - up to 5 at a time.

Virtually Free of Lead and Mercury.

Calamarilive fast and die youg - their entire life cycle takes just one year,much shorter than fish such as cod or salmon which can live up to 20years. The lifespan of calamari lessens their exposure to lead, mercuryand other ocean pollutants found in other fish. Eco Omega is virtuallyfree of lead and mercury (no more than .0001 mg of either per serving)or other contaminants. A hint of natural fruit flavor in Eco Omega willfreshen your mouth when the pearls are chewed.

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