By Lisa Sakano. Nutritionist based in Nagoya, Japan
Lisa has put together this table of vitamin benefits and the food sources that contain good amounts of the nutrients. Japanese Healthy Eating recommends that people focus on a healthy diet of healthy foods to get adequate doses of vitamins and minerals. This is mainly because the body absorbs vitamins and minerals from foods much more than from supplements.
papaya, bell peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, strawberries, oranges, cantaloupe, kiwifruit, cauliflower, kale
Vitamin P (bioflavonoids)
powerful anti-oxidant, prevention of cancer, Alzheimer's & Parkinson's disease, enhances vitamin C function
easy bruising/bleeding, weak immune system
green tea, soy, oranges, lemons, tangerines, and grapefruit, apples, tea, berries, garlic, broccoli, red onions, apples, cinnamon, cocoa, barley, bilberry, cranberry
new tissue、detoxification、strong liver
cabbage, green vegetables
Japanese Healthy Eating & Vitamin Benefits
Just by reviewing the facts about vitamins and their food sources, it`s clear why Japanese style healthy eating has contributed Japan`s healthy aging population. In Okinawa there is a 90 year old man who still dives for oysters! Senior citizens are regularly seen riding around cities and the countryside on their bicycles. Many of the foods listed above are incorporated into traditional Japanese food. Challenge yourself to add as much of these healthy foods into your diet as possible - in a balanced way of course.