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Is Eating Miso A Real Protection Against Radiation?

Miso has been traditionally known for its probiotic actions which promote development of gut flora, and there´s evidence of miso helping in various cancer treatments. Miso is also very rich in a variety of vitamins, minerals and protein. Recent studies have associated miso with protection against radiation. Is miso really protective against radiation, or is it a myth arising from the unfortunately famous Fukushima nuclear disaster? Read this article to know the truth.

If you’re not familiar with miso, it is a fermented food, typically made from soybeans although there are also rice and chickpea miso as well. It is a staple in the Japanese diet and is rich in vitamins, minerals, protein, good carbs and probiotics (provided it isn’t heated as it often is when used in miso soup). It has a long history as a medicinal food thanks to its many health benefits.

Regular consumption of miso is linked to many health benefits. One study published in the Hiroshima Journal of Medical Science found that the long-term consumption of miso on animals with lung cancer could exert cancer-preventive and protective effects.

Additional research at Hiroshima University found that the best radiation-protective results were from miso fermented from 180 days, as opposed to miso fermented for only 4 days or 120 days. The longer fermentation time seemed to confer significant radiation protection against the formation of colon, lung, breast and liver tumors. The scientists concluded that the blood must contain a certain concentration of active compounds in miso prior to radiation exposure. In other words, to obtain miso’s radiation protective properties, it is essential to eat it before being exposed to radiation and in sufficient doses that the active ingredients will work. The sufficient amount differs from person to person and is affected by digestion and absorption of miso’s nutrients.

How can you best take advantage of miso’s protective properties? While most people are familiar with miso soup it is preferential to enjoy unheated miso and therefore take advantage of the many different strains of probiotics the food offers.

To learn more see the original article by Care2 here.

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