To give you a deeper insight into why fermented foods are so beneficial to our health – and our skin – we sat down with one of our microbiologists, Mike Bridges, to discuss the power of fermentation…
What are the health benefits of fermented foods?
While the health benefits of fermented foods continue to receive more and more scientific attention, they’ve actually been part of our diet for thousands of years. Examples include yoghurt, kombucha, kimchi, kefir, sauerkraut, pickles and miso. The health benefits of these foods are due to the combination of nutrients and ingredients being fermented (often in a more bioavailable form as the enzymes and beneficial bacteria are already hard at work, improving our ability to digest and absorb these nutrients), the natural compounds formed during the fermentation process and a mixture of active and inactive probiotic cells.
Aside from their nutritional properties however, fermented foods also play a key role in balancing our immune systems. Fermented foods contain live probiotics as well as the cell walls of the probiotics that have died during the fermentation process – and both of these interact with our immune systems in a way that promotes healthy immune function. This is particularly useful when our immune systems attack our healthy cells, leading to inflammation.
What makes GLOW Inner Beauty Powder different to other probiotic supplements?
What stands GLOW apart is that it is a fermented food produced in a mixed fermentation, containing a broad spectrum of probiotics including Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium longum, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Saccharomyces boulardii. As these probiotics each flourish at a different stage of the fermentation process, the final product contains a mix of live cells, compounds produced during fermentation and cell wall material (the part that elicits an immune response).
The ingredients fermented include organic mung beans, organic brown rice, organic lentils, organic chickpeas, organic linseed, organic maqui berry, organic garnet plum, organic buckwheat, organic millet, Dunaliella salina algae, organic quinoa, organic chia seed, organic pepitas, organic sunflower seeds, ginger, green tea, lemon and turmeric – and the enzymes produced during fermentation assist in releasing the nutrients from these ingredients.
What’s the link between fermented foods and skin health?
Put simply, during fermentation, oxygen is removed and so fermented foods become a rich source of antioxidants. Early in the fermentation process, the probiotic cells consume all the oxygen, resulting in an environment where antioxidant compounds are naturally produced. Our GLOW Inner Beauty Powder is harvested and dried through a process that minimises contact with air, allowing these compounds to be preserved. As oxidation is one of the major contributors to ageing, the consumption of antioxidants is able to help combat this.
Fermented foods such as GLOW Inner Beauty Powder are ideal for maintaining healthy skin as they provide nutrition through the careful selection and combination of organic foods, probiotics and cell wall material. It’s this unique blend that helps modulate the immune system, minimise inflammation and release antioxidant compounds to reduce ageing.
What’s remarkable is that even though fermented foods have been consumed for thousands of years, their amazing health benefits are only now starting to be fully understood.