Probiotics in Kimchi
Now you know the benefits of kimchi in weight loss, let’s check out its other effects on the body. Kimchi, like all fermented foods, can be beneficial to one’s health due to its unique and functional properties. Fermented food contains probiotics, live microorganisms that help fight bad bacteria and maintain the “good” bacteria (normal microbial flora) in the body. Some microorganisms found in kimchi include Bacillus mycoides, B. pseudomycoides, and B. subtilis.
Every day, we unconsciously swallow disease-carrying bacteria, known as pathogens, and yet we do not always get sick from them. This is because the good bacteria found in the intestinal linings of our bodies help us take care of them. Probiotics found in kimchi create acidic fermentation byproducts, which lower your intestine’s pH, as well as secrete proteins that kill the bad bacteria. Probiotics can be found in foods such as yogurt and sauerkraut.
One of the benefits of kimchi is that it also acts as antioxidants that fight off free radicals and help prevent or slow down cell damage. Kimchi can also help in preventing diseases like cardiovascular diseases, cancer, gastrointestinal problems, allergic reactions, and diabetes.
Kimchi is good for the digestion
Other benefits of kimchi include improved digestion and better synthesis of vitamins and minerals. The probiotics found in kimchi helps you break down complex carbohydrates as well as help metabolize other nutrients that are beneficial to your body. They can help in synthesizing and producing vitamins that your body needs such as vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12 and K.