Saku Miso
Saku Miso
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Health Benefits

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Fermentation and Gut Health


Fermentation helps break down complex proteins, carbohydrates and fats and makes them easier to assimilate. Not only does fermentation help with digestion, it also promotes the growth of probiotics, or beneficial bacteria. These bacteria have been shown to improve digestive health and, in turn, boost the immune system.  


“Skin is a mirror of your gut health”. This is a proverb that Japanese people live by. Miso contains various probiotics, including lactobacillus, which are highly resistant to gastric acid and flourish in our gut. The probiotics in Saku Miso products will promote intestinal health and strengthen the immune system.  



It is important to choose unpasteurized miso that still contains live cultures and to not overheat when cooking. Adding miso to a recipe toward the end, over lower heat, is recommended. Mixing miso into a dressing, or using as a dip will provide the greatest benefits from friendly bacteria.

 

Antioxidants


Antioxidants are a great defense against the damage caused by free radicals, a product of stress, diet and our environment. Athletes and active people are at a higher risk as exercise produces free radicals. Free radicals can change the coding of our DNA and are tied to chronic diseases from cancer to Alzheimer's. Soy miso is a good source of the mineral antioxidants copper, manganese, and zinc. Miso also contains numerous plant-based nutrients. These phytonutrients can function as anti-inflammatory substances and antioxidants, and the amount of some specific antioxidants appears to increase with longer periods of fermentation.


Polyunsaturated Fats and Cardiovascular Benefits


Polyunsaturated fats have been shown to help lower "bad" cholesterol and thus reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Although miso is considered to be a high-sodium food, studies have shown that consumption of miso does not increase blood pressure. One large study even found miso lowered the risk of a major type of stroke. Find further discussion of miso, and its cardiovascular benefits at whfoods.com.


A Complete Protein


Miso is one of the few vegan foods providing all 9 essential amino acids. We need to eat these "essential" amino acids because our bodies cannot produce them. Soy products are one of the richest plant-based sources of protein.


Phosphorous


Miso is also a very good source of phosphorous, the second most abundant mineral in the human body. Phosphorous is vital to the formation of bones and teeth, and it is needed in cell growth, repair and maintenance. 



Health Benefits from other Ingredients


Flax seeds, sunflower seeds, black sesame seeds, and raw sesame seeds have a lot of nutritional benefits. 

Sunflower seeds are mineral-rich in calcium, magnesium, and zinc. 100 grams of sunflower seeds contain 12 mg of Vitamin E, an anti-oxidant.

Flax seeds have protein, fiber, and are high in Omega-3. They are high in Omega-3 protein fiber. They are a top-level polyphenol, which is a good anti-oxidant. As our bodies age, we need to consume more Omega-3s. It is also great for your skin. It is good for your brain. It lowers the risk for Alzheimer's disease. 

Black sesame seeds are high in polyphenol. They have high-levels of Vitamin E and anti-oxidants. Black sesame seeds help the liver and have the HDL (good) cholesterol. The protein, calcium, iron, and folic acid are indispensable for the production of erythrocytes, and red blood cells cannot be produced if they are deficient. The black sesame seeds contain all of these ingredients, and help to prevent and improve anemia. White, raw sesame seeds are rich in calcium and iron, like the black sesame seeds, but the white, raw sesame seeds contain some oil.

 

Coconut oil provides your body and brain with quick energy. It increases fat-burning, can kill harmful micro-organisms, protects your skin and hair, and is good for your mental health. It boosts brain function in Alzheimer's patients, and can help you lose fat, especially the harmful abdominal fat.

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