5 Best Familiar Foods for Anti-Aging! Their Nutritional Value is Precious
Skincare is great, but why not add in some traditional Japanese foods into your daily lifestyle to make your body beautiful both inside and out? Here is some information about the anti-aging properties of traditional Japanese foods and seasonings like natto, miso soup, umeboshi, soba, and green tea.
Natto: the anti-aging superfood from Japan!
Natto is full of Vitamin K, said to be effective against osteoporosis, as well as nutritional fiber and Vitamin B2, said to be great for skin.
Everyone also knows that it's one of Japan's most nutritional foods.
It's not just good for your health, it's also known that natto is great for anti-aging.
While hyaluronic acid and collagen are famous for being anti-aging properties, it's said that the polyglutamic acid in natto has a water retention function that overwhelmingly surpasses that of hyaluronic acid or collagen.
Research has shown that the polyamine created by the natto bacteria helps control the changes of the cell structure brought about by aging, so it's expected to have a huge influence on anti-aging.
Also, the lecithin in natto not only detoxes one's gut of the toxins that normally reside there, it also helps improve skin health and is said to help make skin look more youthful.
Natto is also rich in soybean isoflavone, a component that helps maintain hormonal balance.
It works similarly to estrogen, and is a reliable beauty ingredient that helps support beauty and youthfulness.
In order to get the biggest anti-aging benefits from natto, you should eat the natto made with large whole, not ground, beans.
This is because the ground beans lose most of the polyamine when they're cut.
It's also recommended to let the natto sit for a bit after you buy it so it can continue fermenting rather than eating fresh natto.
Since natto will continue fermenting in its packaging, you can eat it close to the expiration date without ruining your stomach in order to obtain as much benefits from the fermentation as possible.
Also, it's said that the polyamine in natto won't increase if mixed with salt.
Therefore, please try to eat it without the included sauce or soy sauce.
For people who think that it won't have flavor, please try it with olive oil. It will give it a perfect thickness and a lovely aroma, so you'll be able to enjoy it more than you probably realize.
If you're not a fan of olive oil, try eggs or kimchi. The protein in eggs and the fermentation components of kimchi are said to help the multiplication of natto bacteria, so it will help even more with anti-aging.
Miso: The perfect antioxidant to help with anti-aging
Miso, an ingredient that has been a beloved part of Japanese meals since ancient times and is completely necessary for dishes like miso soup, is one of the basic seasonings in traditional Japanese cooking.
However, since many people are now eating Western foods like bread, there has been an increase in people who don't have miso even once a day.
Miso is not just a treasure box of precious protein, it's also extremely nutritious and is full of important components for health and beauty.
Miso is chock-full of nutrition that many modern people are missing, including protein, soybean isoflavone, vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, E, K, sodium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, copper, iron, and zinc.
Miso is made from soybeans, and during the fermentation process, roughly 20 to 40% of the protein breaks down into amino acids. The fermentation also adds minerals, so miso's actually more nutritious than regular soybeans.
Among all of those nutrients, the one that's especially helpful for anti-aging is Vitamin E.
It's said that unsaturated fatty acids and reactive oxygen around the cells linking together creates oxidation and causes aging, but Vitamin E works to prevent oxidation.
Also, soybean isoflavone works for anti-aging as well.
It works to promote estrogen, so it's useful not just for beautiful hair and skin but also for maintaining a womanly shape. Since it's a powerful antioxidant, it helps to slow down the speed of bodily functions declining over the years and also helps relieve symptoms particular to menopause.
Though they're all called "miso," there are many variations.
The recommended type of miso is the one made with just soybeans, malt, and salt. For miso soup, there are plenty on the market that comes with the broth included, but those use a lot of chemical seasonings so they aren't recommended.
Also, please avoid those that have alcohol as part of their ingredients. It's added to stop the fermentation process, but miso naturally produces alcohol during fermentation.
It can be said that having to add alcohol implicitly means that it isn't high quality.
Also, it's best to find miso that was fermented for over six months. While it isn't often shown, miso that was naturally and slowly fermented over a longer period of time has more living enzymes in it and is said to be healthier.
Umeboshi: Just one of these for anti-aging and beautiful skin!
Umeboshi (dried and pickled ume, a fruit similar to apricots) is a deeply familiar food for Japanese people. It has a unique flavor and is said to help fatigue recovery, but many people who are very interested in beauty eat it daily in order to promote their own natural beauty.
The citric acid in umeboshi is one of the components that is said to be very good for anti-aging.
Citric acid, which umeboshi is rich in, is said to thin the blood and make it circulate easier, so it's very useful for various skin troubles like spots and wrinkles.
Flavonoids are said to control the free radicals that accelerate the speed of aging, and citric acid helps the body take in calcium so it's also useful for bone strength.
It isn't rare that skin troubles are caused by disturbances in the gut.
If you're constipated, bad bacteria flourishes in the gut and makes your skin liable to become dry and makes it easier for pimples, dark spots, and wrinkles to appear, so it ends up making your skin look old.
Since umeboshi is used as a medicine for internal disorders, not only will it help with constipation but it will also improve the condition of your gut, raise your metabolism, and make it easier for nutrition to spread throughout your body, so it will help your skin retain youthfulness.
It is also known to help promote saliva secretion, and the parotin in saliva helps remove free radicals that are one of the causes of aging.
Umeboshi also has a small amount of picric acid, a component that's said to help improve liver function.
It's said that if your liver function decreases, then your skin's aging will accelerate and wrinkles and dark spots will increase, so it's good for both improving your liver function and also for beauty purposes.
However, if you eat too much umeboshi, it may become the cause of diarrhea or too much salt intake.
For example, if you're eating large, thick umeboshi, one a day is fine. If you make up your mind to take in just enough, you will be able to prevent aging without too much trouble.
Soba: Full of nutrition that is good for anti-aging and beauty!
Soba is a food gaining attention for being both delicious and healthy, and it's actually really good for anti-aging as well.
For example, if you cut an apple and let it sit, the white flesh will turn brown due to oxidization caused by free radicals.
The outer layer of people's skin has a similar cellular membrane that oxidizes due to free radicals.
This oxidization is the cause of visible aging such as wrinkles, dark spots, and sagging. Actually, soba is rich in rutin, a component that is an outstanding antioxidant.
It doesn't just control the oxidization process, but it also helps thin blood and works to expel unnecessary waste products like the extra melanin that is produced because of tanning or dark spots.
One of rutin's special characteristics is how well it goes with Vitamin C, another strong antioxidant.
If you take in rutin and Vitamin C at the same time, the Vitamin C will be absorbed faster and it will produce even better anti-aging benefits.
Another one of rutin's characteristics is that it melts easily in water. Because of that, when you eat soba, you should definitely drink the soba water since it's full of rutin.
One of the reasons soba is so good for anti-aging is that it has a low glycemic index number.
The glycemic index number indicates how much eating a specific food will elevate your blood sugar levels.
The lower the GI number, the less it will make your blood sugar rise and that will help control your body's insulin secretion. Carbs like white rice and bread usually have high GI numbers, and eating them tends to make your body produce a lot of insulin.
While it's known that taking in a large amount of insulin fast makes it easy to gain weight, actually an excess of sugar will attach itself to protein, causing your body to warm up and create advanced glycation end-products.
Advanced glycation end-products work to change the collagen that maintains the health of one's skin, so skin loses elasticity and is said to lead to dark spots, wrinkles, and sagging.
Since soba has a low GI number, there is no worry about a rise in insulin production after eating.
That's one of the reasons soba has such high anti-aging effects.
Green tea: An anti-aging drink that's easy to take in
Green tea is such a staple for Japanese people that the benefits aren't very well known, but actually it's a superfood with immense anti-aging benefits.
While there are many detoxifying and beautifying drinks such as smoothies and cold-pressed juice, they take some time to make and are also full of sugar, so they have their own issues.
However, green tea is easy to make and has high anti-aging benefits.
Stress is said to accelerate the aging process.
When you're under a lot of stress or have a lot of pent-up stress, it's known that your body creates lots of free radicals.
Free radicals stimulate the aging of cells inside the body and are the cause of dark spots, wrinkles, and sagging. Since green tea is a stress reliever, it's also believed to have antioxidant effects.
You also can't overlook the fact that green tea is full of Vitamin C.
Vitamin C works to control melanin production, one of the causes of dark spots.
It also helps retain the skin's moisture and promotes collagen creation, which is essential for skin elasticity, so it's great for anti-aging.
Vitamin C helps control the free radicals that are the cause of aging. Vitamin C is weak against heat so it's actually fairy unstable, but since green tea is made with non-fermented tea leaves, the Vitamin C does not disappear with heat.
Green tea isn't just rich in Vitamin C, it's also full of polyphenol, another major antioxidant.
In a drink of about 100ml, there is about 100mg of it, ranking just behind wine and coffee.
It's not easy to get plenty of Vitamin C just from fruits and vegetables.
Modern-day people don't get enough Vitamin C, so even just drinking green tea that can be easily bought in a convenient store will help give you anti-aging benefits. It's one of the easiest superfoods!
However, if you drink too much green tea, it may cause symptoms like diarrhea, so please be aware of your intake.
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