"Umeboshi Plum is a traditional, naturally processed, pickled plum used throughout Japan, China and Korea for its incredible health-promoting properties. The word "umeboshi" literally means "dried ume." "Ume" has been translated as "plum," but is actually a species of apricot."
"In the past 40 years, scientific evidence for the health benefits of Umeboshi has been uncovered. In the 1950s Japanese scientists extracted a powerful antibiotic substance from Umeboshi, and in 1968, a component in Umeboshi was found to have germicidal effects on the tuberculosis bacteria. And let's not forget to mention that this natural antibiotic, antiseptic and digestive aid is also known to be beneficial for water contamination, liver function, prevention of ageing (anti-oxidizing effects), general detoxification, carbon monoxide poisoning, skin diseases such as eczema, lack of appetite, bad breath and dysentery, typhoid, and paratyphoid."
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[YEA] 03/30/2009: Roxan from Epsom, NH USA: "PH : I use 1 Umeboshi plum and 1 cup of Bancha Tea morning and night. after the radiation implants that caused my intestine to bleed and kept me in the bathroom all day long i found this to totally stop the bleeding and keep my ph level right."
04/07/2011: Ellamo from Trinidad, California: "i would like to start using umboeshi plum paste, because my body seems to be craving it and it seems to have tons of health benefits. I am concerned because ive read that it is alkalzing in the body which I know is a good thing but I already have a hard time digesting because I dont have enough hcl ie acid.... Will the plum paste alkalize my digestive tract?? thanks to anyone who might know!"Replies
06/09/2011: Christina from San Francisco, Ca replies: "It will alkalize! The vinegar is also great, with olive oil, dill and cabbage. Or you can get a reduction of the skin of the plum, which can be diluted in hot water and easier to ingest than a salty plum!"
[YEA] 02/15/2009: Rick from Montreal, Quebec, Canada: "Umeboshi 1000 years of healing: There are texts relating the medicinal uses of these pickled plums that date to over 1000 yrs. ago. It neutralizes fatique and detoxes the body.
If you can find dried plum ( ume) extract, that is even better. These plums have been used for years for healing and to enhance health. Many japanese take a pickled plum with some tea to start their day. When available, Japanese samurai treasured it and consumed it daily also using it to purify water.
I use less than one eighth of a tsp. of the paste ( which I can find in health food stores and, wow, I have even seen it in some food markets) to enhance my morning tea.
It has an agressive flavor. It can jolt your eyes open so please be careful and dilute it before tasting it. It tastes acidic, tart, but it alkalizes the body."
[YEA] 02/17/2009: Christy from France replies: "On my continuous quest for the right alkaline acid balance I chanced upon Umenoshi, although I didn't know how to pronounce it I bought it. I must admit it stayed in the cupboard for a while before becoming one of those products I uses everyday. I just wasn't sure. The label said Umeboshi seasoning and I was looking for Umeboshi vinegar. It wasn't till a few months ago that I went into another organic food shop and found the Umeboshi Vinegar. In small leters underneath it was writen Umeboshi seasoning. I bought it tasted it and now I have two bottles of the same thing.
I use it almost everyday in my vegetable smoothie. I just tip out an unmeasured amount. Enough to taste. I couldn't imagine drinking my vegetable blends without it! I love the taste and the fact that it is alkalizing me.
Totally recommend it!"
02/19/2009: Kelly from Huntington Beach, CA replies: "I grew up in Hawaii, and we just call them "ume" (oo-may). Be warned if you're going to try umes...they have a pit (small seed) inside, and they are VERRRRY salty/sour. I happen to love them. However, they are loaded with salt and will give you a mild case of diarrhea if you eat more than a few a day. Same effect as prunes. Nothing dangerous, just a little on the loose side, ya know??"
03/02/2009: Rick from Montreal, Quebec, Canada replies: "More on Umeboshi.. This food is anti-aging and known as the << King of Alkaline Foods >>: it helps dispel toxins and excess acids from our blood and tissues. According to ancient texts, it was the number one <
> of the samurai, and today, tests are proving its numerous health benefits.
It has protected me from << tourista >>. When I feel a little tired I turn to the food that the samurai used to cure battle fatigue. I take a half tsp of the paste with a tsp of buckwheat honey. ( The honey is my idea.. I think it's a great mix though.. the bw honey is high in minerals and umeboshi assists mineral absorption. Tastes great !). It assists the liver. I get a good feedback from my body when I consume it: I feel energized !
It has an impressive nutritional profile and contains picric acid, catechin acid and citric acid.
The macrobiotic experts say that it is very balancing and strengthening.
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