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Posted by on Jul 20, 2011 in Commentary, Korean Food | 2 comments

Is kimchi good for your brain as well as your intestines?

Is kimchi good for your brain as well as your intestines?

According to professor Mark Lyte of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, probiotics promote not only health of the small and large intestines but also the well-being of the mind.

Lyte said research so far indicates that certain probiotics — notably, Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria — produce neurochemicals that encourage mental well-being.

Scientists have known for a long time that there’s a profound connection between the gastrointestinal tract and the brain. The connection is so profound that some experts refer to the gut as a “second brain.”

Since lactobacilli are commonly found in kimchi, is it fair to call kimchi “brain food” yet?

 More on this study: Food for thought? Probiotics could promote well being, suggests researcher


  1. Hi Tamar, <br /><br />I read about the many benefits of kimchi. Aside from the medical study, the beautiful Hallyu stars are living proof. I wish I could acquire the craving for kimchi everyday 🙂 <br /><br />I recently bought a tub of the Korean red pepper paste, does it have similar benefits as kimchi? <br /><br />…. jaime

  2. Gochujang, when it is made with traditional methods, is a fermented product. Gochujang starts out with fermented soybean paste as a base. Glutinous rice flour and Korean chili powder are added to the fermented soybean paste to become gochujang. <br />Fermented soybean pastes such as gochujang and doenjang use different bacteria in the fermentation process than kimchi so I can&#39;t say that they

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