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Thanks to COVID-19, we’re now more concerned about our health than ever. No matter the time, it’s always a good idea to try to maintain good health. Here are the essential substances that keep you healthy, and easy ways to get them!
In case you missed Part 1 covering A to M, click here.
N for Natto
Rumored to be the secret to Japanese people’s longevity, natto is a traditional Japanese food made from soy beans fermented with bacillus subtilis. It’s often considered an acquired taste due to its strong smell and sticky, slimy texture. Nonetheless, it’s a great source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Studies have shown that natto intake helps lower chances of getting cardiovascular diseases.
Try: Fine Japan – Natto Kinase Tablet + EPA & DHA
O for Omega-3
Omega-3 fatty acids are vital in boosting the body’s immune system against a number of conditions including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, inflammation and atopic disorders. It helps to improve cognitive functioning, eyesight and health in bones and joints. Fatty fishes such as mackerel, salmon, cod and sardine are rich in omega-3. You can also get it from chia seed, walnut and soy bean.
Try: Health King – Norwegian Salmon Oil Softgels
P for Probiotics
Probiotics are microorganisms that benefit your health, usually by improving gut flora to aid digestion and maintain gut health. Studies have also found that they help prevent the development of eczema, ulcers and infections of the vagina and urinary tract. Yogurt, kefir, Yakult, kimchi and miso are all good sources of probiotics.
Try: ChaCha – To All The Beauties 15-Day Program
Q for Q10
Found naturally in the human body, co-enzyme Q10 is an antioxidant that protects cells from damage and promotes metabolism. It’s beneficial to our skin, muscles, heart and blood. Our bodies’ CoQ10 production decreases with age. To boost your CoQ10 intake, eat organ meats, vegetables and legumes, or take solubilized CoQ10 supplements that maximize its absorption.
Try: Fine Japan – Premium Hyaluron & Collagen + Ubiquinol Q10 Drink
R for Resveratrol
Resveratrol is a natural phenol produced by certain plants when they’re under attack by pathogens. Thanks to its antioxidant properties, resveratrol lowers blood pressure and blood fat, prevents heart diseases, and increases insulin sensitivity to prevent complications from diabetes. It can be found in blueberry, raspberry, mulberry, peanut and grape skin (hence an excuse for drinking more red wine).
Try: Cheungkwanjang – Good Base Korean Red Ginseng With Blueberry
S for Spirulina
A superfood from the sea, spirulina is a blue-green alga found in both fresh and saltwater. Rich in beta-carotene, Vitamins B and E, minerals, antioxidants, chlorophyll and vegan protein, it is believed to help prevent hyperactivity, cancer, fatigue, excess blood fat and viral infections.
Try: Fine Japan – Spirulina x Lactic Acid Superfood
T for Tea
Minus the cream, milk, sugar and pearls in your boba, tea can actually be beneficial to the body. Tea, a.k.a. camellia sinensis, can be classified into four types: green, black, white and oolong. Tea contains polyphenols and catechins, two substances boasting antioxidant properties. It also helps with weight loss and prevention of 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 commonly consumed in Japan and serves to stimulate appetite, promote digestion and bowel movement, combat fatigue and prevent aging.
Try: Herbs – UMEYA Cha Plum
V for Vitamins
We should all be quite familiar with vitamins after reading Part 1. There are 13 vitamins in humans, 4 being fat-soluble (Vitamins A, D, E and K) and 9 being water-soluble (8 Vitamin Bs and Vitamin C). You can take multivitamins to maintain a good balance of all vitamins in your body!
Try: INTAKE – CHC Essential Multivitamin Mineral 21
W for Winter Worm (Cordycep)
Cordyceps is a parasitic fungus found on insects and other arthropods. It is called “winter worm, summer grass” in China because it hibernates in caterpillar larvae during winter and grows out from the insect’s body during summer. Cordyceps come in over 400 species and are mostly harvested during summer around the Himalayas. In general, the higher the altitude where it’s grown, the more valuable it is. Cordyceps is valued for its supposed ability to boost physical performance, reduce inflammation, fight cancer, prolong aging and manage diabetes.
Try: Herbs – Cordyceps Mycelia CS-4 Capsules
X for Xanthigen
A combination of brown algae and pomegranate seed oil, Xanthigen is proven to help reduce body fat and improve metabolism. It is found in a lot of slimming products.
Try: CALOBYE – Fat Burning Pure Xanthigen 30-Day Set
Y for Yeast
Besides being an essential for baking, yeast is a probiotic that can help you keep your digestive tract healthy, lose weight and boost immunity. The most common type of yeast is Brewer’s yeast.
Try: Fine Japan – Yeast x Enzyme Diet Jelly
Z for Zinc
Zinc can be found in red meat, poultry, fish and nuts. It’s a trace element responsible for 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