Over 2000 years ago, the Chinese were thought to be the first people to ferment cabbage and create what we now call sauerkraut. They most likely did this to cure the cabbage so it would last longer. Later, they would discover that this newly discovered way to prepare cabbage would come with some wonderful benefits for our bodies. After the Chinese discovered it, the Germans made it famous and gave it the name that we adopted into English. Today people all over the world use sauerkraut as a condiment or compliment to their favor foods.
However, did you know that fermenting the cabbage brings out more nutrition than simply eating raw or steamed cabbage? This video will show you 7 health benefits of sauerkraut.
1. Helps in Weight Loss
Eating sauerkraut on a regular basis could help you get rid of those unwanted pounds. It could also help you keep them off. Like many vegetables, cabbage and its fermented version—sauerkraut doesn’t contain very many calories. It’s also high in fiber so it keeps you full for a long time and aids in digestion.
2. Bolsters the Immune System
Sauerkraut contains probiotics that help maintain a healthy digestive tract. It fights against leaky gut which can wreak havoc or our immune systems. Having a diet that’s rich in probiotics like those that come from sauerkraut, keep us from becoming so susceptible to common infections. 3. Lowers Stress
More and more researchers are discovering the correlation between a healthy digestive tract and cognitive function. They say that when our stomachs aren’t well, we can’t think clearly. Sauerkraut helps create good bacteria and maintain a healthy environment for digestion. Doing so cuts down on stress and allows us to process information like we should.
4. Reduces the Risk of Certain Cancers
High in antioxidants, sauerkraut could reduce the risk of some cancers. It’s believed that these very same antioxidants can prevent cell mutations and curb excessive cell growth. Both of these typically lead to the growth of tumors.
5. Improves Digestion
If you’ve had to take antibiotics for long periods of time, they have stripped your digestive tract of good bacteria and allowed harmful bacteria to take over. The probiotics in sauerkraut can help fix this imbalance. Sauerkraut also contains enzymes that can better breakdown nutrients. When these nutrients are broken down into smaller molecules, they’re digested easier.
6. Leads to Stronger Bones
In order to have strong bones, we need a lot of Vitamin K2. Sauerkraut is a good source of Vitamin K2 that will lead to stronger, healthier bones.
7. Improves Cardiovascular Health
Sauerkraut could lead to a stronger heart. By reducing cholesterol, with its high fiber count, it will allow for better circulation and less stress on one our bodies’ most important organs.
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