Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage. It's frequently used in German dishes and as a topping for hot dogs. While known more as a vegetable than alternative remedy, sauerkraut does have several medicinal qualities.
Sauerkraut is a vegetable rich in vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium and iron. It contains no fat and is a good source of fiber. It also contains Vitamin K, potassium, folate, manganese, Vitamin B6 and copper.
Sauerkraut can help boost the immune system. The phytochemicals in sauerkraut can ward off many ailments (including constipation) by increasing a body's immunity. It may even be beneficial in weight loss and maintenance.
Sauerkraut is rich in the bacterium Lactobacilli plantarum. This helps protect and balance a healthy level of bacteria in the body's gastrointestinal tract. It will help with digestion and eliminating waste from the body.
A 1-cup serving of sauerkraut contain 4 grams of fiber. Fiber helps relieve constipation and move waste quickly and efficiently through the body.
Sauerkraut and its juices are beneficial in the breakdown of proteins. It's known to support healthy intestines, assist digestion, and cultivate intestinal flora.
One sauerkraut remedy for constipation is to drink an 8-ounce glass of warm sauerkraut juice directly followed by an 8-ounce glass of unsweetened grapefruit juice. This folk remedy has become so popular that sauerkraut juice is now found on many grocery stores shelves.