Kimchi is a Korean dish consisting of vegetables like radishes or cabbage which are stored, seasoned and salted in sealed containers, so as to ensure lactic acid fermentation for the same. This is the national dish of North as well as South Korea. This is a spicy dish that is said to have many health benefits for people, such as in the management of diabetes, a disease that is one of the leading causes of death around the world, and over 30 million adults in the United States alone suffer from it, according to the American Diabetes Association.
How Does Kimchi Help Diabetics?
It can burn the bad cholesterol or LDL in the body, which get too elevated due to diabetes. Too high amounts of LDL in the body can give rise to various diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes. Diet can be very useful for bad cholesterol management, and Kimchi can be especially useful. Studies show that the intake of enough Kimchi every day helps reduce total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL).
Kimchi has excellent probiotic benefits as well. It can increase the amount of beneficial, healthy bacteria in the gut, thus preventing insulin resistance and affecting glucose metabolism in a positive way. This makes it good for diabetics. The high amounts of lactic acid bacteria, a probiotic, make Kimchi ideal for diabetics.
Kimchi also acts as a Prebiotic, aiding in the flourishing of beneficial gut bacteria, which is important for keeping diabetics healthy over the long term. Garlic, onions and cabbage are among the best prebiotics, and are there in traditional kimchi recipes as common ingredients.
Kimchi can aid diabetics in losing weight more easily. The Nutrition Research medical journal has published a study, which reveals that kimchi can aid in losing excess weight and also improve the body fat percentage of diabetes patients.
What are Some Other Benefits of Kimchi for Diabetes Prevention and Cure?
Other than acting as probiotic, Prebiotic, weight loss aid and bad cholesterol reducer, Kimchi has excellent antiaging, antioxidative, fibrolytic, anticonstipation, antiobesity and anticancer properties. It can promote the health of skin, immune system and brain, which can get affected due to diabetes. Based upon scientific research, the health benefits of kimchi are numerous for diabetics.
Kimchi can be found in most supermarkets in Asia. You may find it in your local grocery store, in the refrigerated ethnic section. You can have it as seasoning on brown rice, as side dish or as a spicy appetizer with nuts.
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