Today we introduce you to one of the most amazing of all foods – sauerkraut. A food that provides a unique flavour on your plate but brings a plethora of benefits to health. From improving immunity to reducing inflammation sauerkraut is one of the few foods that can be termed complete.
What is sauerkraut?
Sauerkraut, is an ancient food, originating from Europe and is made by fermenting cabbages using a unique technique and a blend of ingredients.
Why consume fermented foods?
Fermented foods are food items that are allowed to ferment under control conditions. In such foods, the desired microbes grow and eat the sugars of the said food, generating lactic acid and growing to boost the probiotic (good bacteria) count in the food. Such foods are devoid of any sugar (despite sometimes sugar being a starting ingredient) and pack more nutrients than their parent food. For example, sauerkraut, a fermented cabbage food has more nutritional value than cabbage.
Such foods provide gut (intestinal) microbes a friendly environment for growth and multiplication. Healthy gut functioning is usually found disrupted in cases of depression, auto immune, candida, colitis, atherosclerosis, cholesterol, disorders of the skin, to name a few. Hence fermented foods (probiotics) should compulsorily be part of the modern healthy diet as they’re helpful in managing the above conditions via natural ways with no side effects. Sauerkraut as a probiotic, stands at top of the list due to its potency, vitamin C content and wide range of use.
Why is our sauerkraut unique?
We make our sauerkraut by the traditional methods. We do not use brine, colors or preservatives in our sauerkraut. Our sauerkraut also has a fresh, minty undertone that comes from the caraway seeds which also play a unique role in a key step of the fermentation process. Our caraway seeds are sourced from the Himalayan region, are organic and best utilized in our unique fermentation process to make the sauerkraut.
What are the benefits of sauerkraut?
Highest vitamin C of all foods: Sauerkraut ranks #1 globally on vitamin C food list. Vitamin C is responsible for some of the most important functions in the body – protein synthesis, arterial repair, acts as an antioxidant, immunity against bacteria, viruses and pathogen, toning of the skin, synthesis of the hairs and the skin to name a few. Sauerkraut aids in all of the above functions.
Obesity and sugar cravings: A large part of obesity can be attributed to sugar and the damages it causes to the gut and inflammation to the body. Sauerkraut helps in management of sugar withdrawal symptoms in two ways – killing candida which drives the urge to eat sugar and by ensuring faster and improved absorption of nutrients (and thus, generating energy) which means the person is not drawn to eating sugars every now and then. Thus, for weight loss, reversing obesity, and curbing the urge to eat sugars, sauerkraut acts as a perfect supplement.
Constipation and IBS: Because sauerkraut comes with tens of thousands of friendly bacteria that help in food digestion, it helps in constipation and fixes the leaky gut, thereby helping with the irritable bowel syndrome. Unlike yogurt, sauerkraut comes with virtually zero sugar and manifold more friendly bacteria and stands out as a winner for correcting stomach issues.
Liver cleanser: Sauerkraut is made from cabbage, a cruciferous vegetable. Cruciferous vegetables are known for their liver cleansing functions. Liver is the most important organ of the body, with over 5000 functions ranging from protein absorption, detoxification, preventing aging and sleep. Consuming sauerkraut with meals helps directly in processes associated with liver by improving liver functionality.
Reduced inflammation: Inflammation is the root cause of disorders such as arthritis, colitis, cancer, high cholesterol, skin disorders. Consuming sauerkraut with a healthy diet helps in managing all of these.
Nutrient absorption: Vitamins A, D, E and K (fat soluble vitamins) are primarily absorbed from the gut. A weak gut will mean depletion of the above. Sauerkraut helps in better absorption of the above. In presence of adequate vitamin D3 levels, the human body absorbs calcium better. Consuming sauerkraut aids in better D3 absorption, hence better calcium absorption leading to stronger bones and arteries.
Depression: It is established that gut health has a major role to play in maintaining cognition, mood and happiness. A large part of this has to do with adequate vitamin D3 absorption that help in functioning of happiness hormones along with the signals from the digestive tract to the brain (this part of the body is called the entero (=intestine) nervous system). Consuming sauerkraut on a regular basis helps with the moods, depression and cognition.
Arterial health and cholesterol: The vitamin C from sauerkraut helps make the arteries more flexible, preventing them from damage coming from inflammation, high sugars and stress. If the arteries are more protected, the cholesterol (which is a band aid to heal damaged arteries) comes down.
Because of these benefits, sauerkraut remains one of the best superfoods in the fermented foods category. Its a must have supplement for the modern mankind.
How to eat sauerkraut?
Sauerkraut can be had two tablespoons at lunch and two at dinner regularly for maximum benefits. You can shop our amazing sauerkraut by clicking here.