10 Commonly Used Chinese Ingredients And Their Benefits

The traditional Chinese diet is known to have disease-fighting abilities, and are known to be one of the healthiest in the world and prolonging life. This is due to the surplus use of natural ingredients. The Chinese believe that food is medicine and medicine is food, maintaining a stand in everything used to fill the stomach should also provide nourishment. This post covers some of China’s popularly used ingredients that can be easily found in Chinese cuisine.

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1. Longan

Longans are rich in Vitamins B1, B2, B3 and is a good source of Vitamin C, which is why they are known to be a great immunity booster against colds a flu as well as improving the appearance of skin. It is no wonder why Asians are so well reputed for having beautiful skin. This nutritious fruit also contains protein and dietary fiber and phenolic acids. Phenolic acids are act as a good source of antioxidants. They also carry antiviral and antibacterial effects. The iron found in longans is found to be 20 times higher than that of grapes and 15 times higher than spinach. This promotes optimal blood circulation as well as maintaining cardiovascular health, reducing risks of cardiac arrest and stroke.

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2. Dong Quai

This is a Chinese herb traditionally used as a herbal remedy. It is nicknamed the “female ginseng” as it is commonly used for the wellbeing of women. It is known to aid fertility as well as its age defying properties. It increases circulation and improves complexion, and even aids detoxification to clear blemishes. Dong Quai is rich in iron and aids iron deficiency and anemia. This herb is known to increase the hemoglobin count in blood, hence being recognized also as a blood tonic. This herb contains Vitamin B12, folic acid, folinic acid, nicotinic acid and biotin, making it helpful to replenish blood cells and increase blood volume after a surgery.

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3. Ginseng

Used in a number of medical conditions, this herb is available in a number of variations – American, Korean and Chinese Ginseng. They each carry a few different properties, but maintain similarities like being able to strengthen the immune system, lower blood sugar levels, improve concentration and learning, making it a common herb for parents to involve in their family’s diet, especially their children’s. They are also reputed to improve mood and boost endurance, treat cancer, heart disease, fatigue, erectile dysfunction, hepatitis C, high blood pressure, menopausal symptoms.

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4. Ginger

Ginger is a popularly used vegetable in helping digestion and nausea, and is also a common ingredient in Ayurvedic treatment. It contains Vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6, Magnesium, Zinc, folate, riboflavin, niacin, phosphorus, protein and fiber, making it good for cold and flu relief, a Natural pain killer and reducing inflammation. Ginger also helps in cardiovascular health, and promotes good skin, strong hair, nails and teeth due to its silicon content. Its antifungal properties also fight infections and toxicity.

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5. Wolfberries

Contains sodium, potassium, calcium, iron, selenium, zinc, thiamin and Vitamin C. Prevents diabetes, controls cholesterol levels, cardiovascular protection, improves gastrointestinal functions, protects brain cells from damage, helps to slow down growth of cancer cells, aids in reducing stress and fatigue, protects liver against infections.

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6. Soy Sauce

Soy sauce contains sodium (salt), which is necessary for basic bodily functions, especially nerve transmission. If you are one to be afraid of overconsumption of sodium, fret not. Despite it having high sodium content, it helps to keep your sodium consumption in control. Although soy sauce has a rich, salty flavor, it contains far less soy sauce than salt. Soy sauce contains antioxidants. Antioxidants protect your body from damage from free radicals, which your body produces as it processes food. Soy sauce also helps to reduce inflammation and improve overall gastric acid production. In a nutshell, it helps with digestion.

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7. Sesame Oil



This oil is a healthy oil to consume as it is high in Omega-6 fats, Vitamin B-complex, iron, magnesium, selenium, phosphorus, calcium and zinc. It is reputed for hair care and skin care, maintaining heart health and improves bone quality. It is even known for preventing cancer, boosting circulation and metabolism, and helps to reduce inflammation.

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8. Red Dates

Also known as a blood tonic, this fruit contains Vitamin A, B2, B3, B11, potassium, iron, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, calcium, zinc. It helps to improve insomnia, and protects the liver. It also reduces cholesterol, and is known to help prevent cancer and increase the body’s immune system. Red dates are usually incorporated into soups to help digestion and absorption of food, as it strengthens the spleen and stomach.

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9. Dried Shitake Mushrooms

High in selenium, manganese, potassium, iron, protein, fiber and Vitamin D, B-complex, thiamin and folate, dried shitake mushrooms have anti-cancer properties. The drying process for the mushrooms retains its overall nutritional value. It helps to reduce cholesterol and also boosts the immune system and carries a surplus of antioxidants.

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10. Ginkgo Nuts

The Ginkgo tree is a tree that is native to China and plays an important role in traditional Chinese medicine, and is high in demand as herbal supplement in the market. Not only is the fruit edible, but the leaves and seeds are used for its medicinal value as well. This trusty fruit is excellent for lowering cholesterol levels and a great source of protection against cancer due to its high antioxidant content. What’s wonderful about Ginkgo is that it retains 60% of its antioxidant content even after its been cooked.

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