5 Impressive Health Benefits of Sauerkraut
Sauerkraut is a pickle that people either love or hate. The word means ‘sour cabbage’ is German and this is exactly what sauerkraut is. It is a side dish or pickles made from fermented cabbages and spices. When paired with the right dish, this pickle is delicious and really packs a punch. Sauerkraut, and many other fermented foods, were very valuable in the age before refrigeration as they allowed food to remain edible and fresh on long voyages. They also provided nutrition when food was scarce in the winter months. We take a look at some of the impressive health benefits that sauerkraut has to offer.
Sauerkraut Boosts the Immune System
Around 75% of our immune system relies on our gut integrity. Sauerkraut’s probiotics contribute to our immune systems by controlling inflammation and inhibiting immune reactions, both of which are the cause of so many ailments today. Did you know that one 100g serving of sauerkraut contains 24% of your recommended dietary allowance for vitamin C, which happens to be one of the most vital elements for our immune system’s continued health?
Sauerkraut Boosts Energy Levels
Cabbage is a fantastic source of iron and this iron contributes to energy production through increasing the body’s metabolism and increased oxygenation of organs and cells. An increase in iron levels also prevents iron deficiency anemia and takes care of its side effects, such as headaches, fatigue and painful cramps for ladies.
Sauerkraut Boosts Mental Health
Did you know that your brain and digestive system are connected? This means that what you eat can affect your brain and vice versa. Eating foods that are rich in probiotics can promote healthy gut flora which can have positive effects on your brain. Researchers have attributed this to the communication via the vagus nerve, which is affected by the good bacteria present in our gut. Probiotics have also shown to sharpen our memory.
Sauerkraut Strengthens Bones
Sour cabbage is rich in both vitamin K and vitamin C. Vitamin K produces proteins that facilitate bone mineralization and in the absorption of calcium, which is the foundation of strong bones and teeth. Vitamin C plays a vital role in building bones seeing as bone building starts with strands of collagen. Vitamin C helps create bones that can withstand impact.
Sauerkraut Helps Fight Stress
The probiotics found is sauerkraut have been found to relieve depression, anxiety, and reduce the likelihood of obsessive-compulsive responses. Through a healthy gut flora, the absorption of mood-regulating minerals such as magnesium and zinc are increased to help fight stress and to help induce a happy temperament.
At Anat we prepare our own tasty sauerkraut that we supply to our stores. With so many amazing health benefits and a unique and delicious taste, try our sauerkraut today!