5 Health Benefits “Ume” Not Have Known About Umeboshi
Commonly mistaken as a ‘Japanese plum’, the Ume fruit is more of a cross between an apricot and a plum. The Japanese have a way of preserving the fruit to make Umeboshi which is a dried pickled delicacy. It has an intense flavour and contains a myriad of vitamins and minerals. Below are some notable health facts about this wonderful fruit:
1) I HEART UME
Ume has been proven to advocate heart health. The skin contains substances collectively called ‘baniku-ekisu’ which help prevent hardening of the arteries a.k.a. atherosclerosis (a common form of heart disease).
2) MEET THE YOUNG AUNTY OXIDANT
Like many fresh fruits and vegetables, Umeboshi contains an abundance of natural antioxidants known as phytochemicals. These are vital for protection against free radical damage, common diseases, and slows down the aging process of your skin!
3) LIVER LITTLE LONGER
It’s very important to have a healthy and efficient liver in order for the body to process food, undergo effective detoxification and also metabolize fat. Incorporating Umeboshi into one’s diet has been found to preserve liver function and decrease liver damage.
4) EATER’S DIGEST
Ume & Umeboshi are rich in potassium, manganese, and fibre. They help alleviate common digestive issues such as dyspepsia and bloating. The dietary fiber found in the fruit also adds bulk and roughage which ease the motion of stool and prevents constipation.
5) GAS-TRICK YOUR INSIDES
No one likes stomach ulcers, therefore we can confidently guess that ‘Ume’ not like it too. Stomach ulcers cause great discomfort for those suffering from it as the lining of your gut becomes swollen and inflamed. However, research has demonstrated that eating Umeboshi may help inhibit gastric ulcers by discouraging growth of H.Pylori bacteria, the main cause of intestinal inflammation.
6) UME SAY IM A BREATHER
Umeboshi has also been proven to be advantageous to gum-health and (by extension) good breath. This is due to its powerful antimicrobial activities that stifle many common oral bacteria, especially the cheeky microbes that are responsible for causing gum disease or gingivitis.