The Many Ways Kimchi Can Benefit Your Health

If you are a fan of eating fermented foods, such as pickles, kombucha, saeurkraut, etc., you can rest assured knowing that you have an element to your diet that is providing you with a wealth of health benefits and perks. If you don’t already know much about the many health benefits that fermented foods can provide, that’s an area where you should immediately start to educate yourself. While the power of all fermented foods cannot be denied, and should be celebrated, there’s one fermented food in particular that really stands out as a healthy food, and that’s kimchi. Fans of Korean and other Asian-inspired cuisines and dishes will already recognize what kimchi is, but for those who may be unfamiliar with this unique food (which is a flavorful and spicy blend of fermented cabbage, onions, garlic, ginger, and spices), it may benefit you to learn a little bit more about how exactly it can give a very significant boost to many different aspects of your health.

To start, it’s helpful to understand there are two areas of the body in particular that kimchi can help greatly, and that’s the stomach and the brain. This is at least partly because these two organs tend to have a stronger link than many people initially realize. Recent scientific studies have shown that gut health is directly tied to mental health; in particular, anxiety and depression can often manifest as a result of poor gut health. This is where kimchi comes in to bring about benefits, since its fermented nature has been shown to vastly improve gut health by providing the stomach with plenty of healthy bacteria. When the gut has enough healthy bacteria, it is able to function properly, and it can also eliminate bad bacteria that can cause a whole host of health issues as well. 

However, kimchi can also work to noticeably strengthen brain health and cognitive functions. This is mainly because a particular strain of positive bacteria found in kimchi, known as Lactobacillus plantarum, is able to work as an antioxidant in the bloodstream and prevent free radicals from harming the cells of the brain. This effect is so powerful that it has been shown to have the capability of preventing such serious diseases and illnesses as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

With the benefits that kimchi provides, can you afford to ignore it any longer?

Home Made Kimchi in Refrigerator by Steven Depolo is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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