Kumis, or Kumys is a fermented dairy product traditionally made from horse’s milk. The drink remains important to the people of the Central Asian steppes and has a very distinctive taste. Today we are going to mention a few interesting facts about this drink and make sure you try anytime you stop by at Kazakhstan. It is considered to be a “milk wine”. A fermented mare’s milk can actually contain alcohol in it. Because it contains more sugars than cow’s or goat’s milk, when fermented, kumis has a higher, though still mild, alcohol content compared to kefir. In some cases the alcohol level can reach 2.5% which is why it was widely considered to be the “wine of the steppes”. A great remedy for lactose intolerant. When fermented, Kumis can become a great source of nutrition for lactose intolerant due to the fact that lactose in mare’s milk turns into lactic acid, carbon dioxide and ethanol. However unfermented horse milk can give severe intestinal problems to lactose intolerant person since it is 40% more lactose than cow’s milk. Good for health. According to German scientists from the Fridrich Schiller University, regular Kumis consumption can improve sleep, bowel disease treatment and skincare. The research has found that 90% of patients with intestinal problems who consumed Kumis on regular basis for 6 months have reported that they have lost all the symptoms and had improved quality of sleep which was further confirmed by their doctors. It is proved to be a remedy for a number of other health issues such as anemia, bronchitis and even tuberculosis.