Miso means the "source of flavour". Mi is "flavour" or "seasoning" and So "source". It's a type of paste made from fermented soybeans with sea salt and other cereals that can be added when desired. Thanks to its enzymes and leaven, it helps balance the intestinal flora (prebiotic bacteria) which is why it is used to treat diarrhea and constipation. It is ideal in cases of indigestion (gastric acid, gas, belching, etc.) because miso contains live enzymes. It is also recommended for cardiovascular diseases as it contains linoleic acid and soy lecithin that dissolve the cholesterol in the blood and stop the hardening of the arteries. Thanks to its isoflavones that favour a hormonal balance in women, miso is really useful in menopause to fight the most typical symptoms of such like hot flashes and loss of calcium (Osteoporosis). In fact, Asian women who consume Soya in different ways, hardly experience the typical Menopause symptoms. It has antioxidant power that favours the elimination of free radicals. It is particularly good for people who have been exposed to radiation (its benefits were observed in patients who were exposed to radiation in the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki). Smokers should take it too. Miso is a good alkalizing agent which provides us with many minerals and helps the organism get rid of acidity produced by acidic food such as white sugar, refined food and animal fats. If this alkalizing power is combined with its glycosides and minerals that are easily absorbed, obviously many people feel more energetic after eating it. Its antioxidant and purifying effect is also good for skin.