SPOTLIGHT ON AMAZING POWER OF BLACKCURRANT ANTI-OXIDANT:
ELIMINATING FREE RADICALS AND PROTECTING AGAINST THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF RADIOACTIVE SUBSTANCES
An Exciting News from Sankei News, Japan’s leading newspaper with daily circulation of 2,200,000!!!!
Below is the original article (with the exception of headings) translated into English
SANKEI NEWS STATES BLACKCURRANTS MAY COMBAT RADIATION AND PREVENT ANDVANCE AGING
The anti-oxidants contained in fruits and vegetables have recently been recognized as protectors against the harmful effects of radioactive substances (radiation). Radiation reacts with the water in our bodies, and generates active oxygen, which can then cause adult diseases; but anti-oxidants have shown to eliminate active oxygen accumulation throughout the body. Along with the ability to combat radiation, experts are particularly interested in the potential benefits of blackcurrant (cassis berries) in relieving eye fatigue and preventing advanced aging.
ANTI-OXIDANT RICH FOODS IMPROVED THE ANTI-OXIDANT LEVELS OF CHILDREN FOLLOWING CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR DISASTER
Professor Shigeo Ota, known as an expert in the study of mitochondria, and a cell biologist at the Graduate School of Medicine at Nippon Medical School recently said, “When the Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred in 1986, the nearby residents experienced reduced levels of anti-oxidants in their bodies due to the exposure of massive doses of radiation. It was reported that when exposed children were given anti-oxidant vitamins, their anti-oxidant levels dramatically improved. Active oxygen is the cause of approximately 80% of radiation injuries, so the ability of anti-oxidant rich fruits to eliminate active oxygen has been gaining much attention.” Ota is focused on the color of fruits and vegetables as indicators of foods that effectively suppress active oxygen. According to Ota, foods with deep red, green, and yellow tones are superior in anti-oxidant effects, so it is preferred that these foods are consumed daily. Although radiation has been directly linked to several forms of cancer, it is not the only cause of cancer. Other factors, such as smoking, obesity, and lack of vegetable intake must also be considered. “Excessive fear of radiation risks is not healthy,” Ota cautioned.
SANKEI NEWS CONFIRMS BLACKCURRANT BERRIES HAVE GREATER ANTI-OXIDANT BENEFITS THAN BLUEBERRY AND BILBERRY
Berries, however, have drawn attention lately as the most powerful anti-oxidant foods. Blackcurrant, among other berries, has particularly impressive anti-oxidant power, the data of which is a must-see for anyone interested in the topic. Blackcurrant has been shown to provide greater benefits than blueberry and bilberry, according to the Anti-oxidative Component Comparison Test (see below graph) conducted by HortResearch Institute, a national research organization in New Zealand.
ORAC VALUE IS A DECIDING FACTOR IN CONSUMER PURCHASING, AND BLACKCURRANTS HAVE A HIGHER ORAC VALUE THAN OTHER FRUTIS
Around the world, Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) is used as an indicator of anti-oxidative power. The ORAC value is often indicated in health supplements and beverages, and consequently, many consumers make their purchasing decisions based on this information. A key issue to recognize is that blackcurrants have repeatedly ranked a higher ORAC score than numerous other fruits.
JAPAN BLACKCURRANT ASSOCIATION STATES BLACKCURRANTS HAVE THE ABILITY TO SUPPRESS GLAUCOMA PROGRESSION
The Administration Office of the Japan Cassis (blackcurrant) Association (Meguro-ku, Tokyo) states, “Blackcurrant has various potential efficacies, one of which is that of suppressing the progression of glaucoma, as recently presented at an academic meeting. Japanese consumers have only known blackcurrant as another fruit, but since the earthquake, we have received inquiries on the effects of blackcurrant from consumers that are concerned about radioactive substances.”
Sankei Newspaper, June 29, 2011
Translated by Just the Berries PD Corporation
Why Do Chinese Astronauts Eat Black Foods – Blackcurrants – in space?
A Chinese spacecraft blasted into space Saturday, June 16 2012, at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the western part of the Province of Gansu.
The spacecraft carries a crew of three astronauts, including China's first female in space, Liu Yang. The main spacecraft is set to dock with another spacecraft, which is in orbit more than 300 kilometers above Earth.
The trio of Chinese astronauts successfully manually docked their space capsule to a prototype orbiting module on Sunday.
Dr. LiYing hui, of the China Astronaut Research and Training Centre, was interviewed on a CCTV talk show and commented that in the past, Astronauts had biscuits or other compressed foods during their missions in space.
This time, however, the common space food diet has changed completely for the three astronauts in the main spacecraft, as well as in the second spacecraft. In addition to the delicious and nutritious Chinese food being supplied in the main spacecraft, the astronauts’ diets are supplemented with foods that are black in color, including mainly blackcurrants. These black foods are specially provided this time to promote the anti-oxidant abilities and immune system functions of the astronauts, which allows them to work energetically and effectively in the unpredictable environment of space.
For astronauts who work in the harsh conditions of space orbit, there is some scientific and medical concern that extended space flight will slow down the body’s ability to protect itself against all kinds of diseases.
Some of the health problems are weakened immune systemand activation of dormant virusesin the body. Radiationcan cause both short and long term consequences to the bone marrow stem cells that create the blood and immune system. Because the interior of a spacecraft is so small, a weakened immune system and more active viruses in the body can lead to a fast spread of infections.
According to the Health Newspaper issued June 20, 2012 , black food containing the essence of three fruits (Blackcurrant, black tomato and mulberry) is now provided to the three astronauts in the main spacecraft in order to support and prevent deterioration to their immune systems while in space. The main active components of blackcurrants are anthocyanins, which enhance blood flow circulation and have powerful anti-oxidant abilities.
Right after the Fukushima nuclear reactor melt down in Japan on March 11, 2011, a major Japanese newspaper announced that “blackcurrant anthocyanins mayeliminate free radicals and protect against the harmful effects of radioactive substances.”
(http://www.visionsmartcenter.com/news.php?news_id=4). The article went on to report that “anti-oxidant rich foods improved the anti-oxidant levels of children following chernobyl nuclear disaster,” and blackcurrant anthocyanins have a very powerful anti-oxidant ability to support enhanced immune system health by combating radioactive deterioration.
The Vision Smart Center has been manufacturing Vision Smart , a very qualified nutraceutical supplement containing 200mg of blackcurrant anthocyanins, an amount that has been proven to be the most effective for scavenging extraneous age-promoting free radicals that form in the human body.
THE MAJORITY OF BLACKCURRANTS CONSUMED IN JAPAN COME FROM NEW ZEALAND AND OTHER COUNTRIES
In Japan, blackcurrant is produced in Aomori City and other areas, but the total domestic production amounts to only five tons per year. A significant percentage of the blackcurrant consumed in Japan is imported from New Zealand and other countries. Blackcurrant liquor, with ideal amounts of acidity, is popular among young women, but otherwise blackcurrant is not a familiar item at the regular family dinner table. The Japan Cassis Association hopes to promote this powerful fruit by emphasizing its excellent anti-oxidative power and anti-aging properties.