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JUSTIN CHOO: "Tibicos? When I was first introduced to this 'strange' spongy transparent gelatin-like substance, I was quite confused over the many names that I came across after searching the Internet.

"The more I searched, the more confused I became. Finally, I decided to stick to my favorite website, Wikipedia, which has two separate articles on this substance. One is tibicos and the other is kefir. From there I tried to form some sort of a logical conclusion.

"Asians tend to refer this substance as tibicos, more specifically as tibicos mushroom. Please bear in mind that it is definitely not the typical mushroom. Tibicos is believed to have originated from Tibet.

"Most people from the west call it kefir, and attribute its source from the Caucasian mountains, between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.

"Both tibicos and kefir are considered a probiotic drink containing a complex structure of good bacteria and yeast in a matrix of proteins, lipids and sugars."
(more on Justin's page)

Justin: "Below is a list of the benefits and cures of tibicos mushroom:

"(Certainly not exhaustive!)

  • Cures migraine and headache
  • Cures insomnia and dizziness
  • Prevents heart-related problems
  • Controls cholesterol level
  • Destroys gallstones
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Prevent metastasis
  • Strengthens bronchial tubes and the lungs
  • Cures asthma, reduces phlegm and stops cough
  • Regulates body weight
  • Cures herpes
  • Cures eye cataracts
  • Heals inflammation
  • Strengthens the digestive system
  • Strengthens bladder control
  • Strengthens bowel control
  • Eliminates toxins in the digestive system
  • Cures arthritis and joint pain
  • Maintains healthy condition of all the vital organs
  • Cures diarrhea
  • Lowers sugar level

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines probiotics as
“living microorganisms that provide a health benefit to the host
when ingested in adequate amounts.”  More simply, probiotics
are beneficial bacteria.  In fact, they are an important part of a
healthy digestive tract.  Probiotics have a wide range of health
benefits including: managing weight, lowering “bad” cholesterol,
decreasing allergies, managing Type 2 diabetes, combating
anxiety and depression, and more!

Emily Uhre

This is the poster we created
and have hanging on our wall
after we did some research.

- St. Michael's, 2010

What are Tibicos grains? (water kefir)

They are not grains at all, kefir is a symbiotic
colony of beneficial bacteria and yeasts that are
held together in a polymorphic matrix.


*Note: St. Michael's does not necessarily agree with everything posted on the pages linked to. Please use your own good judgement when reading other people's claims.

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