Miso is great for your healthier and younger looking skin

Miso (I mean the REAL one only – not the mass-produced dead miso that contains MSG and other nasties) has now been widely known as healthy super nutritious Japanese superfood. But today, I would like to talk about another benefits of Miso…

Miso contributes to your beautiful skin! 

Yes, many people don’t know that Miso is also great for your healthier and younger looking skin!

Miso is actually great for:


According to the joint research of Dr. Maeda KenHisashi, professor of the “Marukome Co.” from Tokyo University of Technology, Miso seems to have a component that increases ceramide which can result in a finer complexion from daily consumption of miso soup. Ceramide is important for keeping the skin hydrated.


Miso contains 18 types of amino acids including lysine and proline, which are important for collagen production. Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in skin, making up 75-80% of the organ, says New York City-based dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD. Along with elastic tissues, collagen is also found in the dermis, or middle layer of skin that gives it its fullness and plumpness.

Carrot miso dressing – a fabulous way to have uncooked miso!

(Recipe for this is available in my Japanese Superfoods cookbook)


Miso contains antioxidants such as vitamin E, iso-flavones or saponins. Vitamin E and melanoidins is the dark pigment responsible for the color of long-aged miso. Antioxidants neutralize damaging free radicals in the body so they are very important in fighting the signs of aging, as well as boosting overall health.

Eggplant with two types of miso sauce.

(Recipe for this is available in my book Cooking with Soy)


Research has confirmed the importance of the relationship between gut and skin health that includes the beneficial effect of probiotics on skin.

Miso is a powerful probiotic food, thanks to its double fermentation process. It can also withstand heat, which means you will not lose its live probiotic effect while cooking (heat-killed probiotics are also beneficial for a healthy gut). Miso helps to restore the beneficial bacteria in your intestines for healthy stomach microflora, aiding digestion and assimilation of nutrients.

Sweet tangy miso sauce on konnyaku – another fabulous way to eat raw miso .

(Recipe for this is available in my Japanese Superfoods cookbook)

Miso also contains oligosaccharide, which is a prebiotic — the food for good bacteria. When probiotics and prebiotics work together in a synergistic way, it is much more efficient in promoting the probiotics benefits. These make miso a perfect food for a healthy gut.

Hope you find these information helpful. Let these fabulous miso factors encourage you to have miso more often for your health and beauty!

Miso can not only be used in miso soup but also in many other different ways as you can see from the photos of the miso dishes above.



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