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Sauerkraut strengthens the acidity of the stomach, prevents constipation, stimulates peristaltic movement of the intestines, detoxifies the intestines, helps cleanse the blood, supports natural resistance against infections and strengthens the body’s immune system. It also helps rid the body of worms, lowers the sugar in the blood and urine and controls a craving for sweets.

Sauerkraut as Digestive Aid

Eating sauerkraut is a great way to protect the balance of bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract. Sauerkraut is one of the few foods that contains the bacterium Lactobacilli plantarum. L. planatarum is a very dominant strain of healthful bacteria which helps your digestive system in the following ways:

• inhibit pathogenic organisms including E.coli, salmonella and unhealthy overgrowth of candida (yeast)
• create antioxidants (glutathione and superoxide dismustase) that scavenge free radicals which are a cancer precursor
•transforms hard-to-digest lactose from milk to the more easily digested lactic acid Neutralizes the anti-nutrients found in many foods including the phytic acid found in all grains and the trypsin-inhibitors in soy
• generates new nutrients including omega-3 fatty acids, digestive aids and the trace mineral GTF chromium

Sauerkraut as Cancer Fighter

The most recent evidence of sauerkraut’s status as a SuperFood is found in numerous studies on the cruciferous wonder’s caner-fighting properties. The results of a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry concluded that sauerkraut is a cancer inhibitor. The study discovered that the fermentation of cabbage produced a substance called isothiocynates, which prevents cancer growth, particularly in the breast, colon, lung and liver. Although raw cabbage is normally rich in a compound called glucosinolate, the researchers found that during the fermentation process enzymes are released that completely decompose the compound into several breakdown products. The The University of New Mexico published a study linking sauerkraut consumption by adolescent females to a reduced risk for breast cancer. Earlier studies indicate sauerkraut may reduce the risk for other forms of cancer including lung, colon, prostate, and liver.

Sauerkraut as Flu Fighter

With the fear of Avian Flu spreading across the globe, one enterprising Korean scientist, Kang Sa-Ouk of Seoul National University, took 13 birds infected with the Avian flu virus and a couple of other diseases, fed them Kim chi extract and found that 11 of the birds recovered. Experts reckon the vital bacteria are created during the fermenting process and this gives the dish its health-boosting qualities. Sa-Ouk said: “The feed helps the fight against bird fly and other fly viruses.”
Kim Chi is a Korean version of sauerkraut.

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