The Hidden Wonders of Soy Sauce

One of the chief condiments found at our Seattle Korean restaurant is, of course, soy sauce.  It’s one of the most important seasonings in Korean cuisine, as well as popular the world over for its potent flavor.  Due to its high sodium content, and its general similarities to table salt, many make the mistake of thinking that this famous sauce is an indulgence that the health-conscious individual would be wise to stay away from.  However, the humble soy sauce actually offers some very valuable nutrients:

  • Niacin: Also known as vitamin B-3, this nutrient is essential for the maintenance of a healthy heart.  It works to lower fats in the bloodstream while simultaneously raising the levels of healthy cholesterol.  As an added bonus, it is also an important part of a healthy skin, nervous system, and digestive system.

  • Manganese: This mineral is used in the creation of connective tissue, blood clots, and a powerful antioxidant agent that battles free radicals that can damage your DNA.

  • Tryptophan:  Soy sauce is particularly rich in this essential amino acid.  Your body uses tryptophan to create serotonin, which promotes restful sleep.  Some research also suggests that it can improve your mood.