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Fermented Beets Health Benefits
Now, let’s get into the specifics of fermented beets. When prepared in this way, beets will offer a variety of other health benefits in addition to those listed above. The fermentation process makes all beets’ nutrients more bioavailable than they normally would be, and the enzymes and bacteria improve digestion and the overall health of the gut biome.
There are a number of different ways pickled beets can be prepared. They can be pickled like cucumbers, or added to other fermented dishes like sauerkraut. A type of fermented beet juice called beet kvass is a traditional health drink in Russia and Eastern Europe, and it has recently become more widely consumed in other regions of the world as fermented foods have become more popular.
Kvass is used as an overall health tonic (kind of like apple cider vinegar) and is also an ingredient in many soups, like borscht, vinaigrettes and more. In Eastern Europe and Russia, it was and still is used as a traditional folk remedy for many health problems like allergies, kidney stones, fatigue, indigestion, and even to reduce the greying of hair.
It is important to note that fermented beets also have detoxifying properties. Drinking too much kvass, for instance, can cause constipation and bloating. If you want to begin drinking kvass regularly, Dr. Joseph Mercola recommends starting out small with just one ounce each day, then working up to 1 cup (8 ounces) per day.
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