Sauerkraut originated in China over 2000 years ago. Back then fermentation was a famous method to preserve food. Sauerkraut is basically fermented cabbage.
It became famous as a side dish and condiment in many culture over time. It is especially famous in Germany, from where its name originated. Due to the fermentation, it undergoes, sauerkraut offers health benefits beyond fresh cabbage. Here are some of the impressive health benefits of sauerkraut:
Our gut contains about 100 trillion gut flora or bacteria which is ten times more than the total number of cells found in the body. Sauerkraut contains probiotics which are beneficial bacteria that act as the first line of defence against the toxins and harmful bacteria in the body that cause disease and infections. Probiotics help balance the gut bacteria which prevents antibiotic induced diarrhea.
Research shows that probiotics help fight off many digestive problems like diarrhoea, constipation gas, bloating, etc. it also contains enzymes that help your body absorb nutrients more easily. Sauerkraut contains more bacterial strands then many probiotic supplements or foods.
Assist weight loss:
Sauerkraut assist weightless by keeping weight off and helps in maintaining it. It’s partly because it is low in calories, carbs and high in fiber. It is also believed that the probiotics in the sauerkraut help trim waistline. How it supports weightless is not fully understood but scientists believe that sauerkraut reduce the amount of fat your body absorbs from the food.
Various studies report that participants given sauerkraut lost more weight than those given placebo. However, these effects are not universal and so more studies are needed to determine the effects of sauerkraut on weight loss.
Manages stress and brain health:
While it is true that how you feel and your mood can effect what you eat, what you eat also effects how you feel and your brain function. Large number studies have found a connection between your brain and gut health. Scientists have found that the type of bacteria in your gut can greatly influence your mood, brain health and how you perceive the world.
Fermented probiotic rich food like sauerkraut can help in the production of gut bacteria that helps in the management of stress and improve brain health according to recent research. Probiotics have been reported to improve the signs of stress, anxiety, improve memory and even reduce the symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder OCD.
Sauerkraut also improve the brain health by increasing the absorption of stress managing minerals like magnesium and zinc.
Improves Heart health:
Sauerkraut may improve heart health; it is because it contains fiber and probiotics both of which improves blood cholesterol levels. It is also been reported to lower blood pressure levels which also improves heart health.
Sauerkraut also contains vitamin K2, which helps by preventing calcium deposits from accumulating in the blood arteries in one 7 to 10 years long study regular consumption of vitamin k2 rich foods, lead to 57% lower risk of dying from heart disease.
In another study, women reduced their risk of heart disease by 9% for every 10mcg of vitamin k2 they consumed sauerkraut is extremely healthy. It has numerous health benefits mentioned above. You can also prepare it at home by fermentation of green cabbage, with carrots, garlic etc., there are various recipes available on the internet. To maximize the health benefits, try eating sauerkraut every little every day.
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