Today I am going to discuss enzyme rich foods and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Are there any benefits from eating enzyme rich foods and can it actually help you keep your inflammation under control. I want to talk about Miso, What is miso? What are the benefits from eating miso and also what is miso tea and how do you make it.
Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning that you get when you ferment soybeans together with salt and a fungus that is called koji. Red miso, which is the miso I will be using, is fermented with grains and usually fermented for a longer period of time. This gives it its dark red color and also its umami taste.
Miso is a paste that is very high en enzymes that are known to reduce inflammation and assist your bodies digestion. It is known to be very beneficial for people with health problems such as IBS and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Some even suggest that it has components that might help fight cancer.
Miso is, as you might have figured out, a fermented paste. Fermented foods in general contains good enzymes, however make sure that they have been naturally fermented and not rushed. It will say on the back of the product if it is naturally or fermented with acid and sugar.
Like I mentioned above, miso carries a variety of different enzymes that are good for our bodies. It is known to fight of inflammation, help with IBS symptoms and also Chron´s disease. The enzymes found in Miso might also help with muscle soreness and recovery after training.
The best thing about it is how it helps your immune system as it contains a lot of vitamins and it also contains something that is on medications have been taught is very important, folic acid. (This can also be found in leafy greens).
Folic Acid is a vitamin B complex which can help improve your mobility and the strength of your hands. One of the first things I was told when I had the consultation about a macrobiotic diet and rheumatoid arthritis and also when I have been researching Chinese medicine is that people with rheumatoid arthritis should increase their Vitamin – B intake.
What Is Miso Tea
One of the things I was having every day was miso tea. It is probably not the tastiest tea I have ever tried but it helped me live a life where R.A. was no longer a part of it so I am its biggest cheerleader.
For Miso tea you need:
Kuzu root is known for being highly immune boosting, being very antioxidant rich and help with inflammation, to only name a few. Ginger is also a root that is known for being very anti-inflammatory.
Miso tea is basically all these ingredients mixed together with some hot water.
I was hoping that I would be able to find kuzu a bit cheaper for you on eBay, but unfortunately the price on eBay is outright ridiculous. You might be able to find kuzu root in your local Asian grocery store or in shop that offers health food.
I have always purchased my Kuzu root online and it is usually around $10 for 100 grams.
Miso you should be able to find in pretty much any grocery store, if not you should be able to order from the same place you order kuzu. As I have noticed that if they have one they will more often than not have the other.
Fairly sure I do not need to tell you where to find ginger but just in case, it can be found at your local farmers markets or any other grocery store.
How To Make Your Miso Tea
I do not think there is a right or a wrong say to make Miso tea but
this is the say I have been taught to make it.
So the first thing you need to known about Kuzu root is that it works as a starch, it will make any liquid thicker, which it is a good ingredient to use in gravies, instead of flour.
I heat up water in a kettle, I than put a piece of kuzu root in my cup and add a bit of water while stirring. Just as you would with flour or other starches. If it is not mixed through properly it will be lumpy.
I than add the miso, about a tablespoon, keep stirring.
You want to have the ginger grated, about an inch of ginger goes in the mix. Add more hot water and mix it through. You will notice pretty quick how the kuzu works. Usually it will come with instructions on the back.
I was recommended to have this each morning and on an empty stomach. The Miso taste can be a bit strong and it will probably take a little to get used to it, I always add a little of lemon as I feel it tastes better.
If you are able to juice, I would tell you to try to juice ginger, this is what I have been doing as well, and than add a bit of the juice into the tea.
Miso is something that most people do not realize exists or if they do they have no idea about the great attributes it has.
For a person dealing with rheumatoid arthritis it can be very beneficial to have miso, you can even find recipes of miso soup. The reason it is good has a lot to do with the fermentation. I would recommend anyone with Rheumatoid Arthritis or any other auto-immune disease to have fermented vegetables at least once a day, I was told to have it with each meal, as a part of the macrobiotic diet. Please give it a try as this might be a life changer for you.
Thank you for reading, If you have any questions or comments please drop them below and I will get back to you.