Eating sauerkraut is a great way to protect the balance of bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract. Sauerkraut is one of the few foods that contain the bacterium Lactobacilli plantarum, a very dominant strain of healthful bacteria which helps to inhibit pathogenic organisms including E.coli, salmonella and unhealthy overgrowth of candida. With ph levels that hover around 3.6-3.7, sauerkraut is also super alkalinizing.
One of the not so secret benefits of sauerkraut is the boost it gives to immune systems. Packed with vitamins and minerals, sauerkraut has been used as a lay immune booster for centuries.
In her book, Fast Track Detox Diet, Anne Louise Gittlemen recommends a little sauerkraut every morning to stimulate digestion. Nutritionists now know that an important key to weight loss is a healthy digestive track and a happy liver. German women have known for years that sauerkraut is a super diet food.
A study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that the process of fermenting cabbage produces isothiocyanates, which have been shown to prevent cancer growth–especially in the breast, colon, lung, and liver.
Dr. Oz recommended!
The nationally recognized heart surgeon and health evangelist recently promoted the probiotic benefits of kraut on his television show and recommended eating it regularly to stay, ahemmm, regular. He also regularly touts its cancer fighting properties.