For awhile, it was olive oil. Scientists, puzzled by the long lifespans of the Mediterraneans, singled out it out as a key ingredient in the elixir of life.
Now, with recent studies conducted by Imperial College London showing that the South Koreans are set to live longer than anyone else by 2030
So what is kimchi? While different recipes have slight variations in terms of the variety of vegetables and amount of seasoning, most people use cabbage, mixed with salt, vinegar, garlic, chili peppers, and other spices.
These ingredients are fermented in a closed jar for anywhere between two days and a week. However, if you refrigerate it properly with a tightly closed lid, it can last for months!
The immune system is driven by the bacteria in your gut. The balance of this bacteria contributes to good health and longevity.
Fermentation involved in making kimchi produces a bounty of healthy bacteria whch not only aid in digestion but also boost the immune system.
In addition, Kimchi is a high fiber low calorie food that contains vitamin B1, vitamin B2, and vitamin C. It is also rich in essential amino acids and minerals such as iron, calcium.