Pickles are one of those foods that people either love or hate. There is very little in between. But did you know that fermented pickles have health benefits such as being rich in vitamin A and vitamin K. This post explains how pickles and their juice can help support your health in different forms.
The Science Behind Fermentation
Pickles have many benefits, and it comes to them through the process of fermentation, which uses brining. Pickles are brined in either water mixed with salt or with an acid such as vinegar. Not all pickles go through fermentation. But pickles that do naturally contain probiotics and other health benefits that support your health.
However, it is worth noting that pickles contain sodium generally speaking and, are not recommended for those who have high blood pressure, cardiovascular issues, or need to abide by a low sodium diet.
Pickles and Probiotics
The probiotics contained in pickles may help promote digestion and help curb stomach issues. Because pickles have a high amount of salt in them, they are also having many electrolytes in them. When people become dehydrated, they lose electrolytes, and pickle juice is one option for helping to restore the lost electrolytes. It’s recommended for use after exercise, especially for those who need more sodium due to a medical condition or not getting enough sodium in your diet. The juice shouldn’t have dyes or preservatives.
If you suffer from muscle cramps, pickle juice may be beneficial in helping to stop them quickly. Limited research has been done on the effects of pickle juice on muscle cramps. But the initial findings show that the cramps stopped because of something in the pickles themselves.
Other Ways Pickles Support Health
Certain foods can help with regulating blood sugar, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Pickle juice from vinegar-fermented pickles are one of them. They offer the same benefits as apple cider vinegar and vinegar-based salad dressings.
Lastly, pickles contain antioxidants that help fight disease, and they also contain vitamins and minerals. To receive the full benefits of a pickle’s antioxidant power, eat one instead of drinking the juice.
As with any food, pickles should be eaten only as a part of a healthy eating plan, in moderation.
Keeping your body healthy is a cornerstone of healthy aging, and so is asking for assistance when you need it. At Optimal Senior Care Solutions, planning and preparing nutritious meals is just one of many things that our caregivers help clients with. To learn more about the types of services we provide to clients in Orange County, reach out to us today.