Goya ‘Bitter Melon’ – The Green Heart of Okinawa

Gymnema Sylvestre ‘Miracle Fruit’: Eats Sugar for You

Gymnema Sylvestre ‘Miracle Fruit’: Eats Sugar for You

Dogbane Family Gymnema Sylvestre Gymnema Sylvestre originates from India but is cultivated all the way in Okinawa and all subtropical and tropical areas in between. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for countless years but is used for one particular reason today. Two widely spread ailments affecting millions of people
Do What We Have Been Doing For Centuries: Simple Exercise

Do What We Have Been Doing For Centuries: Simple Exercise

People decades ago did not go to a gym or run marathons. They did not lift weights or body-build. They just moved their body every. day. You do not need to exercise as hard or as much as you may think. Sitting in one spot for many hours of the day
The Longevity Grass of Okinawa: Chomeiso

The Longevity Grass of Okinawa: Chomeiso

Parsley Family Peucedanum japonicum Japanese plant native to Okinawa  Chomeiso (cho-may-so) is a well-known, traditional herb on the island of Okinawa but virtually unheard of outside of Okinawa, Japan. It is also known as ‘Sakuna‘ in Japanese, but there is no English name assigned to the plant due to its
The Popular Japanese Diet Ingredient: Kurozu ‘Black Vinegar’

The Popular Japanese Diet Ingredient: Kurozu ‘Black Vinegar’

Kurozu – Black Vinegar Made from Fermented Rice The ‘Kurozu Diet’ is one of the most popular diets in Japan A diet based on consuming black vinegar called kurozu (koo-row-zoo) may sound strange and unknown in Western countries but is an effective, commonly used method of losing a few pounds
The World’s Unknown Carrot: Black Carrot

The World’s Unknown Carrot: Black Carrot

Parsley and Carrot Family Daucus carota L. Have you ever seen a black carrot? That is a picture of black carrots grown in the fields in Okinawa, Japan. Black carrots originate from Afghanistan, Turkey, and surrounding countries. It is difficult to find this particular vegetable in many countries. The black carrot is
Hibiscus: More than Just a Pretty Flower

Hibiscus: More than Just a Pretty Flower

Mallow Family Hibiscus sabdariffa L. Charming red flowers used in beautiful, tropical landscaping is an image quick to come to mind when the word hibiscus is spoken. Globally known for its elegance but not so well-known for its intense health attributes. Hibiscus has been used in traditional medicine across dozens
Fermented Foods: It’s Better For You Than It Sounds

Fermented Foods: It’s Better For You Than It Sounds

Fermented Foods This country knows the remarkable effects fermented goods has on the body. Fermented supplements, drinks, food, and teas are offered in stores all over the country. Extensive research is carried out and articles are published all over the world proving the health treatments of fermentation on the human
The Path towards a Long Life: Okinawan Diet

The Path towards a Long Life: Okinawan Diet

Okinawa is an area of great health and longevity so… Why would you want to eat like them?     -They have lower rates of coronary heart disease, colon cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer compared to mainland Japan and America -Their life expectancy is higher than other countries averaging
Path to a Long Life: Okinawan Style

Path to a Long Life: Okinawan Style

Okinawa Prefecture, Japan “The Longevity Island“ 沖縄県日本 ~ 長寿の島 While Japan is known for health and longevity, there is one prefecture that is healthiest of them all: Okinawa. Okinawa is located below mainland Japan and above Taiwan. It consists of a chain of small islands stretching 1,000 km long (620