Kimchi is a spicy fermented cabbage that’s full of lots of great probiotics. And having the right flora in your gut is important for health and vitality… and Kimchi is one way to provide your body with probiotic bacteria.
Kimchi can be found in just about every Asian store and in almost every Asian restaurant. It’s spicy and pungent and have lots of health benefits. Kimchi usually sells for about $4 to $8 a quart.
Kimchi has lots of Vitamins A, B’s, and C and thus has lots of antioxidants that help to stave off disease and prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and even cancer. It also contains calcium for metabolic pathways and strong bones, iron for anemia, selenium for asthma and cardiomyopathy.
Kimchi contains cabbage, carrots, green onions, garlic, red chile powder, and daikon radish in it. All of which are good for the body… and contain Allicin which lowers cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, and boosts the immune system. Kimchi is great for those suffering from allergies because it stops allergy development. Plus stops the development of bad bacteria in the gut like salmonella, enterobacter bacteria, vibrio, listeria, and staphylococcus. And studies show that the longer Kimchi is fermented the more antioxidants are developed.
Kimchi has anti-cancer fighting abilities too, and Kimchi lowers blood pressure and prevents atherosclerosis, and at the same time boosts the immune system thus helping with autoimmune disease.
A studies of Kimchi showed that it lowers cholesterol and helps with carbohydrate metabolism thus helping people with weight loss and obesity. Kimchi is very low in calories – 150 grams of Kimchi only has 40 calories. And Kimchi is low in fat, low in cholesterol, has some protein, and some carbs too.
Plus Kimchi also improves blood flow and promotes muscle growth, and because it contains over 350 different lactobacillus bacteria… it also help regulate blood sugar levels, and Kimchi has 4 times the probiotic bacteria found in yogurt. And because Kimchi boosts the immune system it can help with preventing colds and flues.
Kimchi contains glucosinolates which is the chemical found in cruciferous vegetables that helps prevent cancer. And Kimchi has a lot of red chile pepper that contains capsaicin which boost your metabolism helps you to lose weight, and helps with inflammation too.
Kimchi also contains leuconostoc mensenteroides which produces dextrin that’s important for preventing the growth of Heliocbacter pylori which causes gastric ulcers.
Health Magazine rated Kimchi as one of the 5 healthiest foods, but like all fermented and pickled foods use Kimchi sparingly because it’s hot, salty, and thus excessive amounts of Kimchi might pose a health risk, but eating it occasionally like me… it’s good food!
Put Kimchi on eggs, in soups, in stews, add it on the side to any dish… it’s great.
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