Doctor: 2 ounces of homemade sauerkraut has more probiotics than 100 probiotic capsules

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SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) - If you take probiotics, news about the benefits of homemade sauerkraut may surprise you.

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, an alternative medicine physician, just two ounces of the sauerkraut has more probiotics than an entire bottle of 100 probiotic capsules.

Dr. Mercola had a sample of his own homemade sauerkraut tested in a lab for probiotics and the results were astonishing.

“We had it analyzed," Dr. Mercola said. "We found in a 4-6 ounce serving of the fermented vegetables there were literally ten trillion bacteria.”

One important thing to note is the sauerkraut was homemade.

The stuff you buy in stores often is treated with preservatives meaning it no longer has the same health effects as the stuff you can make at home.

Sauerkraut is a form of fermented cabbage.

Fermentation brings live probiotics and enzymes, which have numerous health benefits which aid in digestion and help the body absorb nutrients.


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