If you’ve got a craving for pickles, you’re usually really craving them. Still, not everyone enjoys this salty, sour snack, but there might be good reason to give pickles a try if you’re on the fence about them.

Naturally fermented foods like pickles have some surprising health benefits if you incorporate them into your regular diet.

Here are seven pickled foods that could work wonders for your well-being.

1. Pickles

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Researchers have concluded that consuming fermented foods like dill pickles can help improve your mood by boosting serotonin levels while increasing the level of probiotics that appear in the gut. These studies have shown that other pickled foods are capable of achieving the same effect, and they include…

2. Natto (fermented soybean paste)

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This fermented soybean paste has proven to be especially rich in vitamin K2. Researchers say that this rare vitamin has been shown to reduce the menopausal bone loss that many women encounter. It is also extremely high in PQQ, which soothes human tissues and repairs damaged skin, giving it an overall healthy appearance.

3. Kimchee (fermented cabbage)

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This fermented combination of chili peppers, garlic, scallions, and several other spices is most commonly consumed throughout Korea. It is most rich in Vitamins A and C. When the cabbage is fermented it also becomes extremely high in lactobacilli bacteria, which is an efficient gut-boosting bacteria.

4. Saurkraut

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Sauerkraut is, perhaps, best known for being extremely high in dietary fiber. However, to a lesser known degree, it is also high in Vitamins A, C, K, and a number of essential B Vitamins. It is also a fantastic source for calcium, manganese, iron, sodium, copper, and is a good source of protein.

5. Fermented vegetables

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Fermented vegetables are extremely high in probiotics. Research has suggested that probiotics are able to help slow and in rare cases even completely reverse some common diseases in people. Additionally, they help improve people’s overall bowel health, can even aid in digestion, and improve the immune system.

6. Miso (fermented chickpea or soybean paste)


Miso, a fermented chickpea or soybean paste, has five major health benefits to people. These benefits include: Providing several source of probiotics, helping improve overall digestion, lowering a person’s blood pressure, anticancer effects, and are extremely rich in the following nutrients: Copper, Manganese and Vitamin K.

7. Tempeh

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Not only is tempeh extremely high in essential probiotics, but it also works to reduce high levels of cholesterol in people. It also reduces menopausal symptoms in women, has Diabetes-Fighting Manganese, and has been known to increase someone’s bone density when consumed on a regular basis.

Nutritionist Barbara Mendez explains how the probiotics in these fermented foods can help raise serotonin levels in the brain, improving mood to fight depression and anxiety.

If vinegar is your thing, this is great news! The rest of us might want to develop a taste for pickles, for the sake of our own health.

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