Looking for Vegan Probiotics? Here are 9 plant-based options.
Why take probiotics?
Probiotics are essentially “good” bacteria for your gut. In the right amounts they can help normalize your gut by promoting healthy digestion. And recent studies say the that probiotics can help with your immune system and mental health.
You might have been recommended to eat yogurt while being on antibiotics if you have had diarrhea or an upset stomach. When on antibiotics, a lot of your “good” bacteria can be wiped out.
But what do you take if your Vegan?
Here are our favorite cruelty-free probiotics.
9 Foods Sources To Get Vegan Probiotics
Kombucha is a fermented tea that has been around for thousands of years.
It is made by adding specific strains of bacteria, yeast and sugar to tea, and then allowing it to ferment for a week or more (1).
Kombucha has a lot of antioxidants, probiotics, and may even lower your risk of heart disease, cancer and help manage diabetes. It’s good stuff!
Our favorite brand is GT’s Trilogy. =)
Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage. It was originally made in Europe. It has many health benefits like boosting your immune system, contributing to good bone health and may even help you loose weight. On top of all that, it is also good for your gut.
Miso is produced by fermenting soybean, barley, brown rice, or other grains with a type of fungus known as koji (aspergillus oryzae). It originally comes from Japan.
Miso is high in protein and vitamin B12. It also was other minerals that are good for you, like copper, manganese, and zinc.
Try Miso soup. It is a great appetizer!
Tempeh is a fermented soybean that originated in Indonesia. It has a firmer texture than tofu and has probiotic benefits from the fermentation process.
Tempeh becoming more and more popular due to it’s health benefits, and being sold in more grocery stores.
And, tempeh is known to reduce cholesterol, increase bone density, reduce menopausal symptoms and promote muscle recovery.
In addition to these amazing benefits, tempeh has high amounts of protein and vitamins B2, B3, B5, and B6.
Kimchi is a spicy fermented vegetables. It is Korean and spicy. Usually it contains cabbage, ginger, red peppers, onions, scallions, garlic and salt.
Other than having a probiotic benefits, kimchi is also know to have health benefits of being anticancer, antiobesity, anticonstipation, colorectal health promotion, probiotic properties, cholesterol reduction, fibrolytic effect, antioxidative and antiaging properties, brain health promotion, immune promotion, and skin health promotion. (2)
We love getting vegan sushi and a kimchi roll is one of our favs!
6. Sour Pickles
Pickles are cucumbers that have been, you guessed it, pickled! They are put in salty water and fermented. This is the traditional way of making pickles, not using vinegar. Pickles are also low in calories and have a good amount of Vitamin K.
*Pickles made using vinegar do not have probiotics.
Olives that have been fermented in brine have probiotics. They have also been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant effects.
*Olives brined in water do not have probiotics
8. Vegan Yogurt
Vegan yogurt made from cultured Soy Milk.
Soy yogurt has all the benefits of soy, and no cholesterol like other milk based yogurts!
*Not all soy yogurt is vegan. Some contain casein or whey. Look for the brands that are clearly marked vegan.
9. Sourdough Bread
Sourdough is one of oldest grain fermentations. It has higher levels of folate and antioxidants than other breads.
Sourdough has less gluten and more probiotics making it easy to digest.
Not a fan of any of the foods listed above?
You can also take supplements like Renewlife that are specially formulated with probiotics and have no animal products.
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