Sassy Sauerkraut is a wonderful appetizer or snack! It has a nice little punch and crunch to it. I opened my first batch after about two and a half months and the initial bites reminded me of a hard cider drink. The apples definitely dominated my taste buds, but I loved the spices I added to this recipe. One of the spices in this concoction was Caraway Seeds which have phenomenal health benefits.
- Caraway seeds are rich in fiber and aide in digestion. They are also known to help flush out toxins because its fiber binds to bile salts and toxins to be excreted in a fast manner through the digestive system, instead of those toxins being reabsorbed in the in colon.
- Caraway seeds have several flavonoids that are powerful antioxidants which include lutein, carotene, crypto-xanthin and zea-xanthin. They help remove harmful free-radicals from your body and prevent unnecessary aging and cell degeneration.
- Caraway seeds are a great source minerals!! They are chalk full of iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, selenium, zinc and magnesium. Copper is required for the production of red blood cells. Iron is essential for red blood cell formation. Zinc is a co-factor in many enzymes that regulate your cell growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help regulate your heart rate and blood pressure. Last but not least, manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the anti-oxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase!
- Caraway seeds also give us Vitamin A, B, C, and E! Vitamin A is essential for bone growth and healthy vision. Vitamin B’s notoriously give us proper energy and a healthy nervous system. Vitamin C is necessary for cardiovascular health and a healthy immune system. Vitamin E is amazing for our brain health and assists in the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases.
Caraway seeds are not to be mistaken with fennel, cumin, or anise seeds. In a quick glance caraway, fennel, cumin, and anise seeds do look very similar. However, just as caraway seeds offer many specific medicinal properties; so do other spices and seeds in their own respects.