Natural Food Remedy For Rheumatoid Arthritis – Enzyme Rich Food

Natural Food Remedy For Rheumatoid Arthritis – Enzyme Rich Food

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.

Enzyme Rich Foods – Miso

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.

Benefits From Eating Miso

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:
Red Miso
Kuzu root

Kuzu root is a root that has been used in Asian medicine and food for a long time.

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.

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  1. As each day passes on this holistic life path I’m in, I have come to appreciate more the healing that we have in and around us, sometimes we might need a hint or push from those who have been there or are knowledgeable. This article is so believable because you wrote out of your own experience with macrobiotic diet. and that’s what I love. I am now incorporating fermented foods into my diet and the changes are significant. i am yet to try Miso though. So thanks for sharing, I will try this out this weekend. 

    1. I am so happy to hear that. Every thing I am talking about is something I have experienced myself. That is great, Let me know how you go.

  2. Hey,

    Thanks for the valuable information. My best friends grandma has rheumatoid arthritis and we have grown very close over the years. It seems to affect her wrists the most and we literally try to implement as much into the diet as we can to make her symptoms better. I’ve found that there are a ton of things that actually pose to help her joints, but many do not make a very lasting impression. Do you firmly stand behind miso? Is it something that we should consider investing in on a regular basis? Or is it another ingredient that just has minor effects in the end? Thanks again!!


    1. Hi, I am sorry to hear. I stand behind miso, but I also know that just implementing things such as miso will not help on its own. To actually make a lasting impression you need to implement a lot more into the diet but you also need to exclude certain foods as well such as nightshades, sugar, gluten, meat, alcohol, tobacco etc. 

  3. I haven’t tried Miso and I suffer quite badly with Arthritis and some rheumatism and this article is so well written and has given me hope for some relief

    I do use Ginger and Tumeric and will now add Miso to the mix as I could do with a real boost inside

    Thank you

    1. Hi Vicki, 

      I am glad to hear that you will give it a try. Please have a look through foods to avoid with rheumatoid arthritis. I will also add more into the category of foods that are very beneficial when suffering from Arthritis.

  4. I have to say I love everything Miso. But I did not know there was Miso tea. I will have to try that. 

    My family is people of sushi lovers, that’s the only time I get Miso soup. 

    I am an individual who suffers from chemotherapy aches and pains. Would Miso help with that, if so maybe I will purchase some of this right away? 

    So far I have not found too many natural products which help, so I eagerly await your answer. 

    1. Miso is very good, I am not a big fan of the taste but I noticed a great difference in my body which is why continue to have it. 

      I would recommend to perhaps look into a macrobiotic diet as there are several people who stands by that this diet has actually helped them through cancer due to its healing foods. 

      It does not hurt to try to add more fermented foods to your diet as well as anti-inflammatory foods as they do help your immune system quite a bit.

      I hope I offered some help.

  5. Thanks for sharing this lovely article, I no nothing about food remedy for rheumatoid arthritis but your lovely post has exposed some hidden things i wish i have known long time ago. This is an auto immune disease which i have been looking for solitions longer time before now. Thanks for sharing

    1. Thank you for reading and I am glad that it has been helpful to you.

  6. This is absolutely wonderful and breakthrough. This is actually the first time I’m seeing or hearing there is natural food remedy for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Even the Miso paste reducing is just news to me because I have never Heard the Miso name before. Can the Enzymes be found in another food aside from Miso?

    1. Hi,

      Yes there are other enzyme rich foods such as kiwi and papaya, other fermented foods also come into this category.

  7. Thank you for sharing the benefits of miso tea. I didn’t know that miso can reduce inflammation. I always take ginger shot in the morning for that. I do eat sushi often and I also make miso soup with it 🙂 I usually put some laver ( japanese dehydrated seaweed, it expands when in contact with liquid) and I put some tofu in it, sooo good.  However, I have never seen or heard about Kuzu toot before, will try to look out for it at the Asian market near me. Will try to find the root and make the miso tea 🙂 thank you for sharing the recipe.

    1. Thank you so much for reading. 
      It can sometimes be hard to find but you will absolutely be able to purchase it online.

  8. This is such a great article Alexandra, I  just recently started researching natural alternatives to the medicines I take for inflammation and digestion problems. I have read several articles on Miso but never took the time to really do any in-depth research. Thank so much for the serving suggestions, I will be picking up the ingredients next time I  go grocery shopping. 


    1. Thank you for reading and thank you for your comment.

  9. Hi Alexandra, Thank you for posting all this useful information about Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have some very close relatives who suffer from this condition and this has been very informative. Reading your post has given me some ideas of how I can help them ease their suffering a little bit. My relatives seem to take the traditional way of dealing with it, doctor prescribed pills, but I will forward them your link and hope that this will help supplement the ways for them to deal with their illness. I do not know what medicines they have been taking and I would never second guess their doctors but I think that people forget about the power that certain foods have on our bodies and how we can help heal ourselves by changing our diets. This concept seems foreign to a lot of our older generation but as more people like you write about it, it helps to inform everybody about the possibilities of using this option as a more mainstream method of healing. Thank you for this elemental service to society and best wishes on sales for your site.

    1. Thank you so much for reading, I do hope that they might try to add some of the foods into their diet and perhaps eliminate some other foods that might trigger their R.A. 
      Food can work magic.

  10. I have always heard about Miso but I don’t know its function; Thanks for sharing these lovely secrets. I have also been looking for products that fights inflamation and i am glad miso possesses one of these benefits. I am just getting to know miso exists and all its benefits.

    Thanks for sharing this indept analysis

    1. Thank you for reading.

  11. I know about miso and I liked miso soup. I have been to Japan several times and I saw it is one of their main ingredients. I did not know that it has a lot of benefits to the body. So maybe this is one of the reasons why life expectancy of Japanese people is higher than other race. I never tried drinking it as a tea, but I might try your suggestions. 

    1. Hi, Yes perhaps that is the reason. The sure do know a lot about how to heal your body with food and they seem to know what to eat and what to stay away from when it comes to treating certain illnesses etc.

  12. Thanks for taking your time to put this together. It’s my first time of hearing about Miso tea. It’s no doubt beneficial to human health in boosting the immune system. I have learnt something new today. The recipe listed can not be difficult to get. I will suggest this article to a friend whose mum has rheumatoid arthritis to take Miso tea. Thanks alot 

    1. Thank you so much for reading, I hope she will benefit from it.

  13. Hi!
    What is Miso? Can I find it in Sweden?

    1. Hi, Miso is a Japanese fermented paste, yes it is available in Sweden. You can find Miso either online to order, in grocery stores or Asian supermarkets usually have them as well.

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