We’re just four weeks into 2012 and I’ve already made a health discovery that’s really got me excited.
I’ve started eating a bowl of fresh miso soup every day after learning about the amazing properties of miso.
Miso soup was something I didn’t realise I liked, because I’d only ever tried it made from those little sachets of dried powder.
Then I learned about the amazing health properties – and superior taste – of fresh miso paste.
First, miso is a fermented food and fermented foods are known for strengthening the immune system and also the digestion.
Miso is generally made of fermented soya (hatcho miso), brown rice (genmai miso) or barley (mugi miso).
Regardless of which you go for, it’s loaded with good bacteria. For strong digestion, it is essential to have these in abundance, and without strong digestion you can’t have great health.
Those super-expensive jars of probiotic supplements you can buy? You’d have to take a handful of those capsules to get the beneficial bacteria in a bowl of miso soup – not to mention that it is always better to get what you need from real food.
As well as supporting great digestion, miso also cleanses and detoxifies – helping to eliminate pollutants from the bloodstream – and boosts immunity.
Miso has anti-cancer properties. It contains the phytochemical genistein which has been researched for its ability to cut off the blood flow to cancerous tumours.
Miso is known to protect against heavy metals and radiation due to the presence of dipicolonic acid, an alkaloid that chelates heavy metals and discharges them from the body.
And in Japan there is a saying: “Miso strengthens the weak and softens the hard.” According to author Meg Wolff, who wrote the book Becoming Whole after she healed cancer with a macrobiotic diet, this means that “it restores vitality to tired and sick organs, while softening and dissolving stagnation, cysts and tumors.”
The best way to get miso into your daily diet is by making a fresh batch of miso soup every morning. I feel great on a large serving with breakfast, and another cup or two later in the day.