The beneficial effects of Barley miso

The beneficial effects of Barley miso

1. Cancer preventative effects

It has been reported that in those who eat miso soup in three or more cups a day, the incidence of breast cancer is decreased by approximately 40%. Miso is also associated with lower rates of stomach and colon-rectal cancer. It has also been claimed to improve liver function, improving the removal from the body of carcinogenic and toxic substances.

2. Beneficial hypotensive effects

Miso is believed to lower excessive blood pressure, as well as providing potassium and magnesium, and reducing sodium levels.

3. Anti-aging and anti-oxidant effects

The protein from soya beans in miso contributes to building healthy and supple blood-vessels. Oxidised cells and free radicals in the body are believed to be one of the major causes of aging. The vitamins and minerals in barley and soya beans, which include Saponin, Lecithin, Linoleic acids, Vitamin E, and Melanoidin (a type of Polyphenol) from barley miso may prevent oxidisation in the body. Melanoidin is not initially present in soya beans, rather, it is a special product of the miso maturation process.

4. Skin-lightening effects

Miso inhibits the synthesis of melanin through the  Linoleic acid in soya bean paste. Eggplant, spinach, carrots, and the other vegetables used in fresh miso soup may have additional skin lightening effects.


5. Reduction of cholesterol in the blood

Cholesterol reduction is caused by the effects of Linoleic acid, plant sterols, vitamin E, Lecithin, dietary fibre, protein, and Saponin. Also, β conglycinin which is one of the major structural proteins of soya bean has been determined to lower fat and cholesterol in the blood.


6. Beneficial regulation of the intestinal tract

The fibre and microorganisms contained in soya bean paste can help to clean the intestinal tract. Miso contains a balance of water soluble and insoluble fibre to prevent and relieve constipation. Imagine, if the food you ate stayed in your bowels at the average human body temperature (37° celsius) for days. The effect may be similar to leaving rubbish on the streets on a hot summer's day.

7. Promotes good digestion

Soya contains a high quality of protein that is initially hard to absorb. The fermentation process helps your body more easily absorb this protein. It also aids in the digestion of other foods eaten in the same meal. Accordingly, miso may be highly recommended for those who are children, elderly, or in poor health.

8. Improves metabolism of the brain

Miso contains substances that are beneficial for the metabolic activity of the brain, including protein, vitamin B, and Lecithin for neurotransmission.

9. Suppresses Helicobacter pylori

Recent studies of miso find that it inhibits the growth of Helicobacter pylori in various areas of the stomach, due to the presence of Melanoidin (a type of Polyphenol).

10. Beneficial effects for victims of radiation exposure

After the Chernobyl nuclear accident in April 1986, a report was spread throughout Western Europe that `Miso is effective in the treatment of radiation sickness`. The book `Nagasaki, 1945` was published in England after that by the late Mr. Tatsuichiro Akitsuki who was a doctor at St. Francis Hospital in Nagasaki and a victim of the atomic blast, in which it was stated that those who did not suffer from radiation sickness had been served `Miso soup with seaweed` for every meal. It is said that large amount of brown rice, miso, and seaweed were stored in the hospital. 

11. Miso may be acceptable to those with soya-allergies

During the miso fermentation and maturation process, the common allergens present in soya may be broken-up and degraded. Research has shown that it's possible for children with soy allergy and rice allergy suffering from atopic dermatitis to eat rice and miso soup as part of the Japanese traditional diet.

As described above, miso is currently the focus of ongoing studies in several fields, due to its unique and beneficial properties.

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