Peptide review: Humanin – mitochondrial peptide for weight loss, improved blood glucose, and reduced inflammation

Humanin, a 24 amino acids peptide, was almost simultaneously discovered independently by three scientific teams between 2001 and 2003. One of these teams was a Japanese lab led by Prof. Ikuo Nishimoto who was looking for a molecule that can potentially prevent or delay onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Their 2001 study shows humanin’s neuroprotective effectContinue reading “Peptide review: Humanin – mitochondrial peptide for weight loss, improved blood glucose, and reduced inflammation”

Medicinal mushroom recipe: Shiitake iri Yasai no Grill (Grilled vegetables with shiitake mushroom on raspberry balsamic sauce)

A quintessential ingredient in the Japanese cuisine, shiitake is found in a wide variety of dishes – soups, stir-fries, rice dishes, and others. Both fresh and dried shitakes are available, and the latter is used to make broths. Lovers of health eating will find many reasons to enjoy these delicious mushrooms often; eritadenine, a compoundContinue reading “Medicinal mushroom recipe: Shiitake iri Yasai no Grill (Grilled vegetables with shiitake mushroom on raspberry balsamic sauce)”

Molecular hydrogen. Can it improve deep sleep?

After Nature Medicine published the now well-known study by a group of Japanese scientists [1] describing hydrogen’s selective antioxidation capacity, hydrogen was widely featured in Japanese media who reported potential health benefits of molecular hydrogen for humans. At the same time, many companies including Itoen, a major beverage company in Japan, started marketing their hydrogenContinue reading “Molecular hydrogen. Can it improve deep sleep?”

Medicinal mushroom recipe: Gomokugohan (Cooked rice with vegetables, mushroom, and chicken)

Cooked rice with different toppings, gomokugohan in Japanese, (means “rice with five toppings”) is a delicious way to incorporate different medicinal mushrooms in your diet. Like other mushrooms shimejis are high in fibre and contain both water-soluble and water-insoluble fibres. The former forms gel-like substance in the gut and helps to regulate bowl movements. ThereContinue reading “Medicinal mushroom recipe: Gomokugohan (Cooked rice with vegetables, mushroom, and chicken)”

Medicinal mushroom recipe: Maitake iri Kinoko Sauce (Creamy mushroom sauce with maitake)

Maitake is a staple in Japanese cooking. Its mild taste fits many dishes but as many other mushrooms they are particularly delicious with creamy dairy products such as cheese and heavy cream. If you don’t eat dairy, check out this diary-free recipe with maitake. Maitake is very rich in β-glucan, water-soluble dietary fibre that canContinue reading “Medicinal mushroom recipe: Maitake iri Kinoko Sauce (Creamy mushroom sauce with maitake)”

Probiotic metabolites – how to improve gut health fast!

Buying a yoghurt in Japan is fun! Instead of choosing between blueberry and coconut flavours or a regular-fat and low-fat yoghurts you look for the best probiotic to optimize your gut health. You accomplish this by deciphering combinations of letters and numbers like “LB21”, “BB536”, and “SP”, which are specific probiotic strains in the yoghurts.Continue reading “Probiotic metabolites – how to improve gut health fast!”

Healthy Japanese Recipe: Kabocha to Ingen no Syoyu Bataa Itame (Kabocha and green beans sautéed in soy sauce & butter)

There are many kinds of pumpkins, and the kind you will find in Japan is called kabocha. Kabocha is sweet and has a firm texture, making it a favourite ingredient for baking and desserts. Its naturally sweet taste also renders itself to nice sweet-savory dishes, like this one! Kabocha is rich in many vitamins andContinue reading “Healthy Japanese Recipe: Kabocha to Ingen no Syoyu Bataa Itame (Kabocha and green beans sautéed in soy sauce & butter)”

Your ultimate guide to green teas – Macha, Sencha, Gyokuro and much more! ~Secret benefits of green teas you didn’t know~

Have you heard of sencha, kabusecha, or gyokuro? They all come with unique flavours and distinct health benefits. Let’s dive.    [Gyokuro] Sometimes called “king of green teas” in Japan, Gyokuro is considered superior in its flavour, the price often reflecting it. For those of us who are after green tea’s health benefits, the extraContinue reading “Your ultimate guide to green teas – Macha, Sencha, Gyokuro and much more! ~Secret benefits of green teas you didn’t know~”