What the Heck is Rejuvelac?
Rejuvelac is a fermented beverage that is inexpensive, easy to make, refreshing to drink and FULL of wonderful nutrients for your body. A healthy probiotic, it also has vitamins B, K and E, proteins, and enzymes. It is beneficial to your digestive system, promoting a healthy intestinal environment. I’ve heard that you can use Rejuvelac as a starter for raw nut cheese. I’ll have to try it!
I came across the Rejuvelac recipe below when I was looking for more probiotic beverages that I could make. So far I’ve made this healthy drink from wheat berries + quinoa. Probiotics have become a new love; not to mention since eating + drinking homemade probiotics have helped reduce acid reflux.
Benefits of Rejuvelac . . .
Vegetarian Source of B12
In the book “Sproutman’s Kitchen Garden Cookbook,” chef Steve Meyerowitz notes that rejuvelac is an excellent source of many nutrients, including the hard-to-obtain vitamin B12. This vitamin is essential to maintain healthy nerve cells and can help prevent anemia. It also helps your cells metabolize the macronutrients of foods, including fats, carbohydrates and protein. Rejuvelac is also a vegetarian source of the vitamin, which is beneficial to non-meat eaters.
Fights Bad Intestinal Bacteria
Another important function of rejuvelac is that it is purported to combat bad bacteria in the intestines. Meyerowitz states that the good bacteria found in rejuvelac acts similar to an “antibiotic action” against disease by overwhelming bad bacteria. This generally helps to keep the immune system healthy, and can fight off unknown invaders that may lead to a cold or the flu. It also may help protect against food poisoning.
May Reduce Inflammation
Another possible benefit of rejuvelac is that it may decrease inflammation, according to raw foods chef Ani Phyo in her book, “Ani’s Raw Food Asia: Easy East-West Fusion Recipes the Raw Food Way.” Though it has not been scientifically proven that rejuvelac is anti-inflammatory, an article in the “Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology” in 2008 entitled Health, Probiotics, and Inflammation notes that beneficial bacteria may prevent intestinal inflammation. This may be due to its role in breaking down food and providing anti-inflammatory vitamin B12.
Start with one cup soft wheat berries (pictured). You can also use rye, quinoa, buckwheat, or other grains. Wheat, rye and quinoa seem to make the best Rejuvelac. Place the wheat berries in a sprouting jar with a screen top and fill with water.
Soak the grain for 24 hours. Drain off water, leave berries in jar and rinse two to three times a day until little sprout tails appear. Below are pictures of various degrees of sprouting. These wheat berries may have sprouted a bit much.
Taste…it should taste clean and fresh with a hint of lemon. Strain the rejuvelac off of the wheat berries and store in covered glass container in the refrigerator. It will keep for at least a week, just make sure it still smells and tastes fresh. You can reuse the wheat berries to make a second batch. It will only take a day.
I’m confident I’ll find a way to use this probiotic beverage in a hair, face +/or skin product.
Real Food for Healthy Skin.
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