Thousands of years in the making...
Pearl millet “sprays” are harvested from the local fields surrounding Mount Kenya.
Mbeere women work together to produce fresh batches of Kimere every day.
Loose millets are sifted and cleaned.
Once the millets have been fully sifted and cleaned, the dry-milling process begins.
Millet grains are manually dry-milled between two grinding stones.
After adding water to the dry ground millet, the grain is manually wet-milled until it reaches the right consistency..
Water is added to the wet millet flour and then placed in a pot over an open flame to pasteurize the porridge.
The millet porridge is cooled and then transferred into a fermentation gourd.
After 18-24 hours of fermentation, the Kimere is ready for consumption, filled with beneficial Lactobacilli strains.
Everyone in the Mbeere community consumes a small amount of Kimere each day to maintain health and longevity.
Pearl Millet Probiotics
The extraordinary traditional porridge from which SlimBiotics originates is called Kimere, a spontaneously fermented pearl millet dough commonly consumed among the Mbeere community of Kenya. Kimere is fermented for 18-24 hours and then consumed in its active cultured state. Typical households and villages in the region have a time-honored fermentation vessel, a specific type of hollowed-out gourd,which they use daily and perpetually, to contain and ferment Kimere.
The probiotic strains produced in the active cereal state were discovered by medical researchers investigating the role of the intestinal microbiota on various human health concerns, including impaired glucose metabolism and insulin resistance. Scientists visited eleven Mbeere villages and took samples from numerous fermentation gourds. Forty-seven (47) distinct strains were identified, all from the L. fermentum species, with the exception of a single L. plantarum species isolated from each vessel.
From this collection, our researchers identified numerous potentially bioactive strains, and after further pre-clinical research, three (3) strains were selected to become the SlimBiotics formulation.
The SlimBiotics Strains
- L. fermentum K7-Lb1
- L. fermentum K8-Lb1
- L. fermentum K11-Lb3