During the morning the dew drops soften the plums. The next day the sun hardens them again, and the next night they soften again. This process is repeated for a few days. As a result, the plum becomes smaller and wrinkled. This is when the plums are packed in barrels, along with raw salt, and weighted on top. Through the action of salt and pressure, the plums shrink, and their juice forms at the bottom of the barrel. As the plum has been well dried, the juice does not cover the plums. Umeboshi contains twice as much protein, minerals, and fat as other fruits. Calcium, iron and phosphorus are especially abundant.
Ume is also much richer in organic acids than any other fruit (especially citric and phosphoric acids). These acids do not break down in the fermentation process.
The alkaline effect of umeboshi
We can regularly maintain a weak alkaline state with the pH (approximately 7.35) in our blood by consuming umeboshi. Without exaggeration this plum has been named "the queen of alkaline food". By consuming 10 grams of umeboshi we can neutralize the acidity created by consuming 100 grams of sugar.
This is due to three factors:
* The abundance of citric acid makes the absorption of other foods in the small intestine much easier, of alkaline minerals, such as iron, magnesium, etc. Citric acid combines with minerals in other foods, creating a mineral salt that is easy to absorb.
* Umeboshi itself contains high amounts of alkaline minerals such as iron, calcium, manganese, potassium, etc. As these minerals are digested with the presence of citric acid, their absorption is ensured.
* Citric acid breaks down lactic acid in our blood and tissues.
Other components of umeboshi
The various acids found in umeboshi help to:
* stimulate liver function. Umeboshi also helps to cleanse artificial chemicals from our bodies.
* accelerate the peristaltic movement of the intestines; has an antiseptic effect, and promotes the digestion of proteins.
* The acid found in the skin of umeboshi also has a laxative effect.
General physiological effects of umeboshi
Prevention of fatigue: Fatigue is often a result of the accumulation of acids, which are not broken down fast enough for our metabolism. Our blood becomes acidic when we consume very yin or very yang foods (such as sugar, refined flour, and animal products), also due to lack of oxygen (due to lack of movement or exercise). To better understand yin and yang see the following file: yin and yang
When the blood becomes more acidic it makes us more susceptible to infectious diseases, liver diseases, and diseases related to aging. As we mentioned before, umeboshi helps to quickly break down excess acids in the body.
Preventing aging: Aging is simply an oxidation process. Umeboshi and tamari have an anti-oxidation effect on the blood.
Stimulating detoxification: Umeboshi continuously supplies energy to active cells such as kidney and liver cells. In this way, these organs can perform their detoxification function at a much more efficient level.
The combination of these three physiological features of umeboshi serve to rejuvenate the body and increase vitality.
How to use umeboshi?
You can have an umeboshi as it comes, or mix it with hot water or kukicha or bancha tea, or you can also mix it with brown rice and make rice balls.
Umeboshi can be used to:
* excess acidity in the stomach
* intestinal problems
* after consuming a harmful food such as sugar.
Lack of appetite
Lack of appetite can have many causes: stomach problems, liver, worry, heat, etc. The umeboshi will stimulate the normal secretion of our gastric juices. (These are general remedies for adults, for children it is better to ask).
If you suffer from constipation, take an umeboshi plum with bancha or kukicha tea every morning. Take it immediately upon waking up or with breakfast.
Bad breath can have many causes: dental problems, gums, stomach problems, intestinal fermentation, lung problems, etc. Any condition accompanied by an intense degeneration process will result in a bad smell. Umeboshi has an anti-putrifying effect.
Hangovers are the result of alcohol intoxication and can manifest as nausea, vomiting, headaches, vertigo, etc. Soak the umeboshi for 5 minutes in hot water or in kukicha or bancha tea, drink the liquid and eat the plum.
Pregnant women often crave acidic products such as lemon or grapefruit. This craving may even be the first sign of pregnancy. During pregnancy the blood tends to be more acidic. Following her cravings, the pregnant woman intuitively tries to alkalize her blood. However, if you eat products that produce acidity such as white bread, sugar, meat, etc., your blood will remain acidic, and you will begin to experience nausea and vomiting. Vomiting in the morning is often viewed as a mandatory or normal symptom of pregnancy. It is not, and it is even harmful. It means that the pregnant woman's blood is continually acidic, and this will affect several of her organs and structures, such as the liver, bones and teeth, and will eventually make her tired. A good way to prevent morning sickness is to have an umeboshi plum at every meal, and balance the daily diet.
When umeboshi plums are produced, purple leaves are also added to the barrels, these are known as shiso leaves. These leaves are rich in chlorophyll, vitamin A, B2, C, calcium, iron and phosphorus. They also contain an acid that helps dissolve cholesterol.
It can also calm the nervous system, activate the digestive system, and be used in cases of common colds, coughs, etc.
(Source: Michio Kushi)