Sauerkraut Juice: Uses, Benefits, and Side Effects

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Sauerkraut juice sounds nasty, but it will give your body a serious nutritional boost. It’s full of vitamins and contains healthy lactobacilli. We’ll tell you why this should be your new drink of choice.

Sauerkraut is made by a picking process called lacto-fermentation. Cabbage naturally contains lactic acid bacteria, or lactobacilli, and needs only salt to start the fermentation process. During fermentation, the lactobacilli proliferate exponentially, and it is exactly this bacteria that is responsible for the health benefits of sauerkraut. Sauerkraut juice is the concentrated essence of all that probiotic goodness and is often used to relieve mild constipation.

Sauerkraut Juice is Rich in Vitamins

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Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay – Ulleo)

Sauerkraut is popular because it contains a high amount of vitamin C. This strengthens the immune system, works as an antioxidant, and boosts the metabolism. But that’s not the only vitamin that this fermented vegetable has to offer. Sauerkraut juice also contains:

  • Vitamin K (Potassium): This fat-soluble vitamin is important for maintaining healthy bones and blood coagulation. 
  • Beta-Carotene: A precursor to vitamin A, beta-carotene supports the immune system and is important for healthy skin, eyes, and bones. 
  • Vitamin B12: Sauerkraut is one of the very few plant-based sources of vitamin B12, which is necessary for a healthy nervous system. This makes the juice especially helpful in maintaining a balanced vegan diet. 

Because many of these vitamins are heat-sensitive, you’ll get the most health benefits by drinking sauerkraut juice cold.

When to Use the Natural Probiotic

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The fermentation process that gives sauerkraut its characteristic flavor also produces a huge amount of natural probiotics. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay – 4174332)

As cabbage ferments, lactobacilli multiply. This makes sauerkraut and sauerkraut juice incredibly rich in probiotics. This good bacteria is great for your gut health: a healthy intestinal microbiome may help prevent you from getting sick, promote digestion and nutrient absorption, and support immune function. 

Consuming natural probiotic foods like sauerkraut, homemade yogurt, or kombucha is especially important for anyone who has just finished taking a course of antibiotics. Antibiotics destroy not only disease-causing bacteria in your body but also the gut-dwelling bacteria that your body needs. Sauerkraut juice is the perfect way to help your body restore its intestinal flora. 

Want to learn how to make yogurt yourself? Then try our easy yogurt recipe.

Sauerkraut Juice for Constipation Relief

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Sauerkraut juice is a natural remedy for constipation. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay – Silviarita)

Lactic acid bacteria may not only promote intestinal health in the long term, but also stimulate digestion in the short term. That’s why sauerkraut juice is recommended as a gentle and natural laxative for acute and chronic constipation. For the best effects, drink the juice in the morning, directly after getting out of bed. During therapeutic fasting cures, one or two glasses of sauerkraut juice are recommended. 

Warning: Sauerkraut juice is a gentle laxative that can be consumed daily, but if you ingest too much, it can cause diarrhea. If you want to drink sauerkraut juice regularly, be sure not to drink more than one or two glasses a day. 

This article has been translated from German to English by Christie Sacco. You can read the original version here: Sauerkrautsaft: Wirkung, Anwendung und Nebenwirkungen

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