If you’re taking probiotic supplements, you already know these friendly bacteria are essential in establishing and maintaining optimal health.
What you may not know is that sauerkraut delivers even more benefit above and beyond the helpful probiotic bacteria.
Why Sauerkraut Kicks Probiotics to the Curb.
It offers more beneficial bacteria. A single serving of sauerkraut can provide as much as 10 times the probiotics as one bottle of probiotic supplements. It also provides a wider variety of bacteria than you would find in a probiotic supplement.
Sauerkraut does more to optimize the gut than probiotics. The acidic properties of sauerkraut create an environment in the gut that allows the beneficial flora to bloom and also helps to restore the pH levels of the gut, which soothes it and helps it to repair itself.
Sauerkraut will save you more money. A jar of raw, unpasteurized sauerkraut costs significantly less than probiotic supplements. See this article for a cost comparison.
Probiotics don’t offer the vitamin and enzymatic benefits that sauerkraut offers. Sauerkraut aids in optimal digestion due to its high enzymatic properties and high fibre content. It is also an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. It contains iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese and vitamins C, D, K, A, B6 and B12. Due to the fermentation process, they are more bioavailable. It’s like eating a multivitamin in every bite.
Sauerkraut kicks more butt than probiotics. Sauerkraut has anti fungal and anti microbial properties that protect the body from invaders. In lab tests sauerkraut juice was proven a more effective antifungal than a commercially available pharmaceutical antibiotic. It was also proven in the 2012 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, scientists found that the probiotics like those found in sauerkraut raised levels of the immune system antibody IgG3 by as much as 66 percent!
If getting maximum nutrition and saving money are of interest to you then sauerkraut is definitely the big winner.
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