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Thanks to COVID-19, we are now more concerned about our health than ever. Regardless of the time, it is always a good idea to try to maintain health. Here are the essential substances that keep you healthy and easy ways to get them!
If you missed Part 1 from A to M, click here.
N for natto
Natto is said to be the secret of Japanese longevity and is a traditional Japanese food made from soybeans fermented with Bacillus subtilis. Because of its strong smell and sticky, slimy texture, it is often considered an acquired taste. Still, it's a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Studies have shown that taking Natto reduces the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease.
Try: Fine Japan – Natto Kinase Tablet + EPA & DHA
O for omega-3
Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial for strengthening the body's immune system against a number of diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, inflammation and atopic diseases. It helps improve cognitive functions, eyesight and bone and joint health. Oily fish such as mackerel, salmon, cod and sardine are rich in omega-3. You can also get it from chia seeds, walnut, and soybeans.
Try: Health King – Norwegian Salmon Oil Capsules
P for probiotics
Probiotics are microorganisms that benefit your health, usually by improving the intestinal flora to aid digestion and maintain intestinal health. Studies have also shown that they help prevent the development of eczema, ulcers, and infections of the vagina and urinary tract. Yogurt, kefir, yakult, kimchi and miso are good sources of probiotics.
Try ChaCha – To All The Beauties 15 day program
Q for Q10
Coenzyme Q10, which occurs naturally in the human body, is an antioxidant that protects the cells from damage and promotes the metabolism. It has a positive effect on the skin, muscles, heart and blood. Our body's CoQ10 production decreases with age. To increase your CoQ10 intake, eat organ meats, vegetables and legumes, or take solubilized CoQ10 supplements that maximize absorption.
Try: Fine Japan – Premium Hyaluron & Collagen + Ubiquinol Q10 drink
R for resveratrol
Resveratrol is a natural phenol that is produced by certain plants when they are infected by pathogens. Thanks to its antioxidant properties, resveratrol lowers blood pressure and blood lipids, prevents heart disease and increases insulin sensitivity to prevent complications from diabetes. It can be found in blueberry, raspberry, mulberry, peanut, and grape skins (hence an excuse for drinking more red wine).
Try: Cheungkwanjang – Good Base Korean Red Ginseng With Blueberry
S for spirulina
Spirulina is a superfood from the sea and a blue-green algae that occurs in both fresh and salt water. It is rich in beta-carotene, vitamins B and E, minerals, antioxidants, chlorophyll and vegan protein and is said to prevent hyperactivity, cancer, fatigue, excess blood fat and viral infections.
Try: Fine Japan – Spirulina x Lactic Acid Superfood
T for tea
Aside from the cream, milk, sugar, and pearls in your Boba, tea can actually be beneficial for your body. Tea, a.k.a. camellia sinensis, can be divided into four types: green, black, white and oolong. Tea contains polyphenols and catechins, two substances with antioxidant properties. It also helps in losing weight and preventing heart disease.
Try: Fine Japan – Fat Burning Fermented Oolong Tea
U for Ume (Japanese apricot)
Not to be confused with the common plum, ume (Prunus mume) is actually an apricot. Dried ume is widely consumed in Japan and is used to stimulate appetite, promote digestion and bowel movements, combat fatigue, and prevent aging.
Try: Herbs – UMEYA Cha Plum
V for vitamins
After reading Part 1, we should all be familiar with vitamins. There are 13 vitamins in humans, 4 of which are fat-soluble (vitamins A, D, E and K) and 9 water-soluble (8 vitamins B and C). You can take multivitamins to maintain a balanced balance of all the vitamins in your body!
Try: INTAKE – CHC Essential Multivitamin Mineral 21
W for winter worm (Cordycep)
Cordyceps is a parasitic fungus that occurs in insects and other arthropods. In China it is called "winter worm, summer grass" because it can overwinter in caterpillar larvae in winter and grows out of the insect's body in summer. Cordyceps occur in over 400 species and are mainly harvested in the Himalayas in summer. In general, the higher the height at which it has grown, the more valuable it is. Cordyceps is valued for its purported ability to improve physical performance, reduce inflammation, fight cancer, prolong aging, and treat diabetes.
Try: Herbs – Cordyceps Mycelia CS-4 capsules
X for xanthigen
Xanthigen is a combination of brown algae and pomegranate seed oil and has been proven to help reduce body fat and improve metabolism. It is found in many slimming products.
Try: CALOBYE – Fat Burning Pure Xanthigen 30 Day Set
Y for yeast
Yeast is not only an essential part of baking, but also a probiotic that can help you keep your digestive tract healthy, lose weight, and strengthen immunity. The most common type of yeast is brewer's yeast.
Try: Fine Japan – Yeast x Enzyme Diet Jelly
Z for zinc
Zinc is found in red meat, poultry, fish and nuts. It is a trace element that is responsible for the immune and thyroid functions as well as wound healing. Topical application and oral zinc supplements also help against acne.
Try: Fine Japan – Ion Drink Zinc Plus
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