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The 10 Must-Try Supplements and Health Foods at Japan’s Most Famous Pharmacy

The 10 Must-Try Supplements and Health Foods at Japan’s Most Famous Pharmacy

Update: 15 August 2018

Matsumoto Kiyoshi is a popular pharmacy in Japan selling everything from medicine and supplements to Japanese snacks and beauty products. It is particularly known for its great selection of medicine, supplements, and other health-related products, so we asked the store’s manager for Japan’s 10 most popular drugs and medicines!

Kracie Yokuinin Tablets

Kracie Yokuinin Tablets
504 Pills – 3,996 Yen (Tax Included)

“Yokuinin” is the Japanese word for coix seed – coix is also known as Job’s tears. Throughout Asia, the plant is known for having beautifying effects and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. This product concentrates the seeds of Job’s tears into pills, enriching it with Vitamin E. The little pills are said to help against acne and pimples while keeping the skin moist and rich, and even seem to have a positive effect on skin issues such as warts. Next to beautifying your skin, Yokuinin Tablets also promise to boost your metabolism and a diuretic effect.

The Guard KOWA α Plus

The Guard KOWA α Plus
550 Pills – 4,180 Yen (Tax Included)

The Guard Kowa α Plus are pills containing bacillus natto powder, lactomin, and Lactobacillus bifidus. This combination increases the number of “good” bacteria in your digestive tract while fighting the “bad” bacteria, trying to create an optimal environment for a healthy digestion. This product is recommended for people suffering from constipation, but also for those with minor gastrointestinal disorders. Calcium carbonate and magnesium hydroxide help to get the many beneficial ingredients to where they are most needed.

Kracie Arederu Polygala Root Granule

Kracie Arederu Polygala Root Granule
24 Caps – 1,728 Yen (Tax Included)

Japan, like many other industrialized nations, is confronted with a society that gets older and older. As such, a lot of supplements targeted towards elderly people have hit the market recently and Kracie’s Arederu Polygala Root Granule is one of them. As the name suggests, its main ingredient is polygala root, a herb that has been used in Chinese medicine for many centuries.

According to ancient texts, the root is believed to “make you wiser, clear your head, and improve your memory.” Its original use in Japan was to combat insomnia but has found a new purpose recently as a supplement that helps against amnesia. This is because the root apparently stimulates the nervous system, leading to improved reflexes and activated memory synapses.

Takeda Midori no Shukan

Takeda Midori no Shukan
4,946 Yen (Tax Included)

Have you ever heard of euglena? It is a microalga that, as a single-celled organism, is both plant and animal because it possesses the ability to photosynthesize while also moving and feeding like an animal would. It belongs to the group of alkaline foods, uniting nutrients from both plants and animals, and neutralizes alkalis as well as acids when entering the human body. Food-chain wise, euglena are on the lowest level and do not produce any toxins or other things that put a strain on the human body.

Takeda’s “Midori no Shukan” is a supplement that combines euglena and green vegetables. With 59 different kinds of nutrients and 3 kinds of vegetable juice, this supplement is extremely popular among people who feel like they’re not eating enough vegetables in their daily routine.

Takeda Alinamin EX PLUSα

Takeda Alinamin EX PLUSα
180 Pills – 7,106 (Tax Included)

Alinamin EX PLUSα is a product rich in a vitamin B1 derivative, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12, and thus is said to do wonders against stiff shoulders, lower back pain, and tired eyes. Promoting blood circulation, this is a great choice if you find yourself feeling tired and exhausted a lot.

Eisai Chocola BB Gold Rich

Eisai Chocola BB Gold Rich
50ml – 753 Yen (Tax Included)

Chocola BB is a well-known series of supplements, with the most famous one being Chocola BB Plus, a remedy against acne that many a Japanese person swears by. Recently, Eisai, the company behind the line, launched a new product: Chocola BB Gold Rich. This supplement drink contains six natural herbs, including ginseng, royal jelly, and angelica acutiloba. The main purpose of the drink is to fight off fatigue by making use of taurine, a component said to have a positive effect on blood vessels and the retina. The taste is also refreshing and thus Chocola BB Gold Rich is a perfect drink to enjoy when you feel yourself getting tired at work or during your travels.

Kobayashi Kurocure

Kobayashi Kurocure
15g – 864 Yen (Tax Included)

This cream was created to help against darkened skin especially at your knees and elbows. The active ingredient urea helps against the coarseness of skin, making it nice and smooth again. It also has a positive effect on inflammation, so this product might even be a good choice for people with sensitive skin. Use it for a month, three times a day, to see an effect!

Q&P KOWA α Drink

Q&P KOWA α Drink
100ml x 10 Bottles – 1,280 Yen (Tax Included)

This supplement drink from Q&P Kowa is a revitalizing tonic that makes use of Siberian ginseng and garlic to enhance your physical strength. Combining vitamin B and 1.500mg of taurine, it is also a little but strong helper in the fight against fatigue! With only 65 calories, it can be easily enjoyed at any time of the day and in between meals.

LOTTE MFK Mainichi Kirei Shukan Collagen

LOTTE MFK Mainichi Kirei Shukan Collagen
198g – 1,316 Yen (Tax Included)

Collagen makes our skin plump and moist. It is naturally found in our skin but said to gradually decrease as we grow older. When ingested, our body breaks down the relatively large collagen molecules into smaller amino acids, using those as needed.

LOTTE MFK Mainichi Kirei Shukan Collagen is a supplement created in collaboration between Matsumoto Kiyoshi and LOTTE. It incorporates 5000mg of low-molecular collagen, placenta, and Vitamin C. One box is going to last you for a long time, so the price is more than reasonable as well!

mk LAB Techno Foods Amino Pro

mk LAB Techno Foods Amino Pro
64 Caps – 3,960 Yen (Tax Included)

Getting a fit, athletic body is the goal of all kinds of people – Japan is no exception there. Amino Pro by mk Techno Lab promises to help to achieve this very goal. It is a BCAA (branched-chain amino acid) supplement, enriched with 9 kinds of vitamins and creatine.

BCAA is said to promote protein synthesis, boost the growth of lean muscles, and even enhance recovery – just the things you need to support your body! Created by Matsumoto Kiyoshi’s own brand, the supplement has a refreshing taste and is easy to drink. We especially recommend drinking this product during summer before exercising, before going on a run, or before hitting the pool. One bag of Amino Pro has 16 calories, thus is a product for basically everyone.

  • Matsumoto Kiyoshi Asakusa Nimonten-mae
    マツモトキヨシ 浅草二天門前店
    • Address 2-34-1 Tokyo-to Taito-ku Asakusa
    • Nearest Station Asakusa Station

    Open: 9:00am to 7:00pm 7 days a week

*Prices listed in this article are those listed at the Asakusa Nitenmon-mae shop and may vary depending on store.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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