10 Japanese superfoods to boost your health – Japan Today

Posted: April 7, 2022 at 1:45 am

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With Japan having one of thehighest life expectanciesin the world, we need to start looking closer at theJapanese diet. Filled with protein-rich vegetables, fresh fish, calming teas and the glorious soybean, lets see what superpowers Japanese food has in store.

What is a superfood?

No, it isnt Captain Americas lunch. Superfoods arefruits, meats, grains and vegetablesfilled with the healthy stuff. That means plenty of antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and fatty acids to boost our bodies.

1. Matcha

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Matcha, orJapanese powdered green tea, tops most superfood lists due to its plethora of benefits. Matcha has a high natural caffeine content plus an array of other nutritional benefits, making it an ideal replacement for your morning coffee.

A cup of contains catechin antioxidants that ward off cell damage and prevent viruses. In addition, some studies have observed a direct correlation between drinking green tea and improved liver health. Matcha also contains theanine which helps you relax and improves your mental well-being.

Though, I dont think your matcha-flavored ice cream counts as a healthy supplement.

2. Tsukemono

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Tsukemono(pickled things) are found on many restaurant tables in Japan, tucked away near the soy sauce and spices. Bright pinkgari(pickled ginger) is a staple of sushi restaurants and is not just great for cleansing the palette but also for cleansing the gut.

With a nice helping of potassium, which keeps blood pressure steady, and generous amount of fiber, tsukemono has been used as a digestive aid for centuries. Try fermented pickles to enhance your immune system further.Umeboshi(pickled plum) has long been lauded as a cure for constipation, perhaps due to its citric acid content, which helps to move things along.

3. Daikon

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Whiledaikon(Japanese radish) is generally considered mostly water, their almost non-existent calories are great for those looking to lose a few pounds. Native to China and Japan, daikon is jam-packed with vitamin C, which has added advantages of strengthening the immune system.

Daikon also contains folate, which promotes red blood cell production and is recommended for those in early pregnancy. You can enjoy it raw or chop it into curries for an added improvement.

4. Miso

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