Kombucha to Kimchi: What Fermented Foods Are Best for Brain Health?

Kombucha to Kimchi: What Fermented Foods Are Best for Brain Health?

Fermented foods are incredibly beneficial for our gut health, but which fermented foods are best for our brain health? While the research is currently underway, the early findings suggest that “Fermented sugar-based products and fermented vegetable-based products are like winning the lottery when it comes to gut and brain health.” Researchers expressed surprise at the preliminary results: “I expected only a few fermented foods would show up, but out of 200 fermented foods, almost all of them showed the ability to exert some sort of potential to improve gut and brain health.” More research is needed to fully understand which groups of fermented foods have the greatest effects on the human brain, but results are showing an unexpected victor. This may be surprising because of the sugar component but “fermented sugar takes the raw sugar substrate, and it converts it into a plethora of metabolites that can have a beneficial effect on the host.” Once the study has concluded, there will be a final list of top ranked fermented foods for brain health. 


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Taylor Marks is a certified holistic health coach and professionally trained chef from The Institute of Culinary Education. Her passions include the latest research in health science, culinary arts, holistic wellness, and guiding others towards feeling their best.