Konjac: The Super Fiber
fiber has multiple benefits. Konjac is much more viscous
than usual fibers, retaining
up to 17 times its weight in water. Expanding in the stomach and the small and large intestine
, it absorbs fat, accelerates elimination, reduces cholesterol
sugar absorption and facilitates weight loss, in part by increasing feelings of satiety.
Arame: A Wonder of the Sea
Arame is a marine brown algae
or sea vegetable that can be added to soups or made into a sea vegetable salad. It is rich in minerals calcium
, iron, zinc
, vitamins A and K and iodine
. It also boosts immunity
Shitake Mushrooms: Healing from the Earth
The earthy shitake or Chinese black mushrooms boost immunity through special polysaccharide
molecules and can help prevent cancer. They are also full of minerals, especially iron, and they appear to decrease binding of immune cells to your arterial
wall, preventing atherosclerosis
. Aside from exposure to the sun and eating herring
, mushrooms are one of the few ways you can get vitamin D.
Daikon: The Other White Meat
It contains digestive enzymes
that help you break down food, and they contain myrosinase
that boosts detoxification
of environmental chemicals. Daikon is high in vitamin C and folate. Like its relatives broccoli
, cabbage and kale
, daikon is a cruciferous
vegetable that offers cancer-protecting potential. It can be grated and eaten raw in salads, or in stir-frys or soups.
Umeboshi Plums: A New Kind of Pickle
These red little Japanese plums add a perky
taste to stir-frys and soups. Japanese pickled plums have remarkable medicinal qualities. Their acidity has a paradoxical alkalinizing
effect on the body, helping with fatigue
, enhancing digestion and boosting the elimination of toxins.