Japanese Drinkable IV “Amazake”
Anyone sick knows the importance of fluids when you’re not feeling well. Drinking lots of liquids helps your body flush toxins and get the nutrients it needs to heal. Now, a new drinkable IV called amazake may help even more. Japanese people have enjoyed amazake for more than a thousand years, and amazake is a traditional Japanese fermented beverage that has been gaining attention recently for its beauty and health benefits. It is not only high in nutrients such as vitamin B, essential amino acids, and naturally occurring glucose but also boosts immunity, improves gut health, and has anti-aging effects. Amazake is made from fermented rice and is rich in antioxidants and probiotics. Some researches show that amazake has anti-inflammatory properties and can help boost your immune system. It’s been used as a traditional remedy for colds, flu, and other illnesses for centuries.
Relationship between sake brewing and the amazake production process.
What is amazake?
What’s in amazake?
What research says
What are the health benefits of amazake? There have been a lot of scientific studies done on koji and amazake. One recent study, published in the Journal of Fungi, found that amazake can improve bowel movements in healthy adults. The study found that participants who consumed amazake had more regular bowel movements and were less likely to experience constipation than those who did not consume amazake. The researchers believe that the Aspergillus oryzae cells in amazake may play a role in these benefits.
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