Love pickles? Your health may thank you for it

Love pickles? Your health may thank you for it

According to the research, probiotics found in pickles are good for the skin and makes the skin a clearer one, it enhances and improves the immune system of your body.

What is that first thing that comes to your mind the moment you hear pickles? A sandwich, perhaps. Pickle is the delightful companion that makes your favorite sandwich taste delicious, makes your favorite burger delectable and makes your life yummy!

Pickles taste delicious (Pixabay)
Pickles taste delicious (Pixabay)

And, here is the good news for you, studies have revealed that pickles, kimchi, and sauerkraut are fermented food that is loaded with gut health-promoting probiotics.

They go through fermentation that leaves probiotic products (Pixabay)
They go through fermentation that leaves probiotic products (Pixabay)

It is true that these foods contain an excess amount of sodium, which is not good for health but, there are plenty of health benefits that can make you feel guilt-free while eating that favorite burger of yours.

Pickles complete burgers and sandwiches (Pixabay)
Pickles complete burgers and sandwiches (Pixabay)

There are more health benefits of pickles than you could have thought. To understand how this works- pickles go through a process where they are preserved and, then it goes through a fermentation process, where they are drowned in brine or vinegar.

There are different types of pickles (Pixabay)
There are different types of pickles (Pixabay)

To keep the food from spoiling, the process of fermentation produces probiotic bacteria as a by-product, that is very beneficial for your health.

Cucumber tastes best when it is fermented to make pickles (Pixabay)
Cucumber tastes best when it is fermented to make pickles (Pixabay)

According to the research, probiotics are good for the skin and makes it clearer, it enhances and improves the immune system of your body, helps in reducing depression and, are good for increasing gastrointestinal health.

People are not aware of its health benefits (Pixabay)
People are not aware of its health benefits (Pixabay)

The process of fermentation has been carried by generations after generations, as it ups the good bacteria by getting rid of the bad ones. That’s why there are so many foods that need fermentation.

There are many health benefits of pickles that we should not miss to know (Pixabay)
There are many health benefits of pickles that we should not miss to know (Pixabay)

Here are the benefits of pickles, that will make your day a happy one and you can have that pickle of yours without cringing!

1. Pickle Juice soothes muscle cramps

It helps in curing the muscle sore in men too (Pixabay)
It helps in curing the muscle sore in men too (Pixabay)

People who have sore muscles and are dehydrated- drinking the pickle juice soothes muscle cramps and is very effective, says a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise. Healthline reports that 1/3 of a cup of pickle juice is enough to ease the soreness in the muscles- it could be due to the vinegar, as it has pain-relieving qualities.

2. They are made of actual vegetables

They are made of actual fresh vegetables that add-on to its good health quality (Pixabay)
They are made of actual fresh vegetables that add-on to its good health quality (Pixabay)

Yes, pickles are made of actual vegetables whose nutrients do get affected a bit during the process of fermentation, however, this does not change the fact that, these are legit vegetables. According to LIVESTRONG.com, “One dill pickle spear contributes 1/4 cup to your recommended daily vegetable intake.”

3. May help fight spleen cancer

Japanese pickles are made in salt and water that have good health benefits (Pixabay)
Japanese pickles are made in salt and water that have good health benefits (Pixabay)

Spleen is a part of your lymphatic system and is an organ located at the upper -left side of your belly. According to a Healthline study, that was carried in 2014, it was found that the probiotics present in the Japanese pickles were effective in fighting spleen cancer in mice, which could be a good news in future for humans.

4. They have antioxidants

Pickles have antioxidants (Pixabay)
Pickles have antioxidants (Pixabay)

According to the Healthline, pickles contain natural antioxidants, that are found in fresh fruits and vegetables. When pickles go through fermentation, their nutritional profile and antioxidants get preserved.

Pickles are made of different vegetables too (Pixabay)
Pickles are made of different vegetables too (Pixabay)

Healthline also tells that the pickle juice, which is the brine, enhances a higher amount of immune antioxidants such as C and E.

5. Helps in keeping the blood sugar down

It helps in keeping the sugar level under control (Pixabay)
It helps in keeping the sugar level under control (Pixabay)

Pickles help in keeping the blood sugar down because it has gone through fermentation, says the study. Therefore, adding pickles in your daily meal may help you in keeping your blood sugar down, which can be effective for diabetic people.

6. Probiotics do wonders

Pickles have many other health benefits (Pixabay)
Pickles have many other health benefits (Pixabay)

According to Healthline, probiotics are microorganisms that are very beneficial for your health. It benefits your skin, cardiovascular health, and fermented food like pickles join the beneficial group. However, pickles made in vinegar are most likely to not have probiotic effects. It is always better if you have pickles that are fermented in a brine of salt and water.

Cucumber tastes the best when soaked in vinegar to make pickles (Pixabay)
Cucumber tastes the best when soaked in vinegar to make pickles (Pixabay)

However, one of the most important things to remember in life is – Excess of anything is bad. Therefore, do not overdo the intake of pickles, after knowing its benefits because pickles do have the highest amount of sodium which may not be good for your health at all.

Note: This article is not meant to give dietary advice and you should consult a diet professional if you wish to change your nutrition.

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