If you’re a fan of all things spicy and all things Korean, you’d know that Koreans love their kimchi.
Rice, kimchi and some seaweed are all they need for a quick meal. It’s similar to Singaporeans and our love for Maggi Mee – filling and tastes good even on its own.
Assuming there’s that 1% out there that have no inkling on what kimchi is, it is my greatest pleasure to share all there is to know about this Korean favourite.
First things first, kimchi is a spicy traditional side dish essentially vegetables which are salted and mixed with various seasonings such as red pepper paste, scallions and garlic, to name a few.
They are later fermented in traditional pots called onggi, which translates to “Korean earthenware”.
Kimchi comes in different varieties of vegetables, with cabbage and radish being the commonly eaten ones.
And recently, one more benefit of kimchi was revealed.
And it’s pretty hair-raising if you ask me.
According to The Daily Mail, scientists have made an astonishing discovery – kimchi can potentially aid hair growth, and even reverse baldness (gasp).
Research has revealed that a kimchi drink (the striking red liquid which comes with the fermented vegetable) sold in South Korea helps to “thicken existing hair and grow new ones within weeks”.
But does it really? Or is this just another marketing gimmick? Because it sounds too good to be true.
To put this to the test, research involving 23 men with varying degrees of hair loss was carried out at Dankook University. Participants were required to drink the kimchi liquid before breakfast and prior to sleeping.
The result? An average increase in hair strands per square metre of the scalp after one month from 85 to 90.
The researchers also mentioned, “Current drugs can have adverse effects so their use is usually temporary. We found kimchi could promote hair growth and reverse baldness. It is a safer treatment strategy for patients.”
As a past user of hair growth shampoos, I can vouch that the kimchi drink outcome is much better than other hair products I’ve tried.
If you’re tired of pricey hair products with no visible results like myself, try drinking kimchi liquid for a change. After drinking it, spice up your taste buds with 14 mouthwatering ways to incorporate the fermented veggie into your meals.
Other Health Benefits of Kimchi
If you’ve ever wondered why Koreans are generally fitter and look younger than Singaporeans, here’s why: they eat kimchi from young.
According to Seoul Restaurant, kimchi doesn’t only taste great, but it makes one feel great too. Here, take a look at the purported benefits:
- Good source of probiotics
- Reduce cholesterol levels
- Rich in Vitamin A
- Healthier skin and hair
- Keeps Stomach Cancer at bay
- Helps you look 10 years younger
- Great for weight loss
- Prevents peptic ulcer
- Boosts one’s immunity
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