Did you know that fermented foods offer many health benefits from your head to your gut?

Fermented foods contain nutrients, enzymes and probiotics that offer many health benefits. Here are 7 surprising things you might not know about the value of adding more fermented foods to your life.

1) Fermenting grains may improve their antioxidant potential, according to in vitro studies.

2) Polish researchers reported that fermenting cabbage to create sauerkraut enhances nutrients: vitamin C, B vitamins and glucosinolate.

3) Beware of imposters. Some processed yogurts, soy sauces, relishes and sauerkrauts are not healthy fermented foods as they contain added sugar and salt.

4) Eating a diet that contains a variety of fermented foods is linked with a healthy gut microflora, according to the Journal of Physiological Anthropology (2014).

5) Probiotics found in some fermented foods can beneficially affect the brain, gut, skin, vaginal tract, immune and cardiovascular systems, according to Frontiers Microbiology (2015).

6) Fermented dairy products have a beneficial effect on skin health and function, according to a 2015 review.

7) In 2015, the British Journal of Nutrition reported that fermented dairy products are integral to diets that are protective against cardiovascular disease.

Go beyond fermented foods!

Food isn’t the only way to reap the benefits of fermentation. Supplements like K2 and probiotics are great options and even some superfoods such as liquid whey, wheatgrass, barley grass, and certain proteins are available in fermented form. Visit us in-store to learn more!