preB (Prebiotics) Ingredient Descriptions

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Found in temperate climates, which is favored in the macrobiotic diet, when fermented, tomatoes retain a high lycopene level which acts as a powerful antioxidant and offers protection against prostate cancer. Tomatoes also have significant cholesterol-reducing sterol, and cateract/cancer reducing caroteinoid/vitamin A content. This in addition to significant potassium level (cellular and nervous system).


Found in a markedly temperate habitat, turnip is preferred in macrobiotics. A favorable protein to carbohydrate ratio remains after fermentation, along with prebiotic fiber. Cholesterol-lowering plant sterols are also well represented, as well as very high carotenoid vitamin A (vision, immunity) and vitamin C (immunity). Significant levels of vitamin B6 (protein metabolism), folate (DNA, birth defects), copper (blood cells/vessels, bones, immunity), and iron (blood health) are also present.


A temperate region fruit, strongly preferred in macrobiotics, watermellon is distinguished by a very high vitamin A level after fermentation. This confers protection from cataract and some cancers while reducing fat cell formation and insulin resistance. The red pigment of the flesh is shown to be a powerful antioxidant. Moderate levels of sterols add to its cholesterol-lowering effects.

West Indian Lemon Grass

Noted for a high concentration of citral oil, which imparts a lemon flavor and aroma. Citral also has powerful antimicrobial properties which are concentrated after fermentation. A folk remedy for stomach and intestinal problems, lemon grass is also used as an antidepressant.

Yerba Mate

A traditional mildly stimulating drink from subtropical South America, yerba mate contains low levels of alkaloids similar to coffee and cocoa (caffeine, theophylene, theobromine), together with modest amounts of potassium, manganese, and magnesium. In traditional form, the drink promotes focus and alertness in a calming manner without jitteryness. A stimulating effect on the heart muscle has been noted.


An aromatic bitter spice grown in the tropics it is rarely found in the West. After fermentation, it imparts its bile flow influence. The major terpenoid, sesquiterpine, has an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect, complementing significant tannin (antiviral, antibacterial, anti-parasitic, anticancer) and flavonoid (antioxidants) polyphenol content.


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