Yes, we are almost through January, but we still have one or two rainy months ahead of us. Therefore, the perfect time for soups. The beauty of soups is they are quick to prepare, are incredibly versatile, warm and, with the right ingredients, have an anti-inflammatory effect, protecting our cells and thus promoting longevity.
Each soup has its own characteristics and each culture its own recipes. Today we have chosen the Asian version. Here can be accommodated in a delicious way so many nutrients that promote our longevity.
But what is in our soup and what makes it so special?
To help you understand why these ingredients are so special, here’s a little ingredient glossary.
Shiitake mushrooms have a slightly earthy aroma and a distinctive flavor that is often described as meat-like. But not only that they taste particularly good, they are also rich in particularly valuable ingredients such as Copper, a mineral that supports blood vessels, bones and the immune system. At the same time, they are also a rich source of selenium.
Shiitake mushrooms contain polysaccharides such as lentinan (a substance found only in the shitake mushroom) and other beta-glucans (special plant fiber). These compounds protect against cell damage, support the immune system and increase the production of white blood cells to fight microbes. Polysaccharides also have anti-inflammatory properties , keeping the body in balance.
Carrots and other orange vegetables like sweet potatoes or pumpkin are high in fiber, beta-carotene and vitamin C. They are not only a perfect source of nutrition for your intestines, but also help protect against cell damage. So not only are they a perfect source of nutrition for your gut, but they also help protect against cell damage.
They also contain beta-carotene, the precursor of vitamin A, which is essential for the formation and development of new cells and is therefore one of the most important building blocks for longevity.
Miso is a Japanese seasoning paste based on soybeans and has a firm place there and rightly so. Fermentation produces nutrients, as in sauerkraut or kimchi, which have an intense health-promoting effect. In the case of miso paste, it is the isoflavones.
Isoflavones can improve bone density and support the absorption of vitamin D, which is also the basis for healthy and strong bones. At the same time, isoflavones prevent cardiovascular diseases, as they dilate blood vessels and lower negative LDL cholesterol
Herbs and spices are unfortunately still underestimated in our country. They often serve more for decoration than they are really used consciously.
Coriander has also only gained status with us with the arrival of Asian cuisine. However, it is an herb that should be used much more frequently, as it is one of those whose modes of action support longevity on multiple levels.
Cilantro strengthens our immune system as it protects against infections by acting like a natural antibiotic, making it also a strong anti-inflammatory. An important factor are also stored heavy metals in our body, which not only promote autoimmune diseases, but also burden our body in general. Coriander has a draining effect here. Mercury, in particular, is one of the heavy metals that likes to lodge in our bodies. Coriander helps our body to get rid of it
We often underestimate how many different active ingredients there are in natural foods. Often they are broken down to just a few. Ginger is the best example. Gingerols (substances that also give it the pungency) is often the focus when it comes to the effect of the yellow bright root. Ginger contains at least 400 different ingredients that work together. In addition to applications such as nausea, ginger is known for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects, which is why we appreciate it especially for colds.
It boosts our immune system, has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. Thus, it gives our soup not only a spicy note, but also a healing one.
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Onions and garlic in any form contain, among other things, sulfur-containing compounds that thin our blood, but also lower LDL cholesterol and thus protect against cardiovascular disease. Mind you, this is the most common cause of death after the mid-50s.
Soba noodles are the optimal gluten-free alternative in Asian cuisine. Sabo noodles are made from buckwheat. The alternative thus also becomes a booster for our body at the same time. Buckwheat is rich in essential amino acids, but also healthy fiber, thus promoting our intestinal health.
Minerals such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorus are not neglected either. Therefore, buckwheat, and therefore soba noodles, has an anti-inflammatory effect.
So you see, with the right ingredients, a soup becomes more than just a soup.
It becomes an absolute longevity booster.
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