Umes have been (almost exclusively) used by Asian cultures for centuries. Although it is very tasty pickled and juiced (and showy flowers), it is primarily consumed for the health benefits.
Umes are an effective alkalinizing food. Very useful in combating a highly acidic diet full of red meat and refined sugars and starches.
They contain high levels of citric acid, anti-oxidants, iron, thiamin, and riboflavin.
Support a healthy immune system, nervous system, metabolism and digestion.
Protect cells from damage and inhibit cancer formation.
Improve blood flow, promote formation of smooth muscle cells in the heart, and protect heart cells from reactive oxygen species (ROS)
Protect against getting influenza
Reduce inflammation and infection
Useful in fighting: fatigue, alcohol poisoning (hangover), nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, runny nose, gall stones and liver toxicity.
Historically, Ume were part of the Samurai warriors staple diet. They were used to keep up stamina, fight fatigue and help heal from wounds.
Tom Fetch 12-29-2014
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