Active oxygen destroys the body cells and tissues
“Aging” is caused by “oxidized” cells in the body due to “active oxygen”, which is turned from part of oxygen taken in the body through respiration.
Active oxygen is frightening because it oxidizes the components called unsaturated fatty acids contained in the cell membranes and produces harmful substances called lipid peroxides, which destroy your body cells and tissues.
“Anti-aging” is a concept to prevent various aging phenomena at the cellular level. It is possible to slow down its progress, although it is impossible to stop aging. Azuki beans have been attracting interest lately, as studies show that they can force active oxygen out of the body, which is antioxidant activity.
The effect of polyphenols in Azuki beans is 1.5 to 2 times that of red wine
One hundred grams of Azuki beans contain as significant as 300 to 600 milligrams of polyphenols, while those of typical red wines contain around 300 milligrams of the component. Azuki beans grown in Hokkaido in particular are 1.5 to 2 times as high in polyphenols as red wines are.
The polyphenols in Azuki beans include much of what is called catechin glucoside, a kind of catechin components, and other catechins contained in tea leaves, rutin which is rich in buckwheat, and proanthocyanidin rich in grape seeds.
I would like you to take such Azuki beans rich in polyphenols and having strong antioxidant activity as your daily diet in order to drive out active oxygen accumulated in your body to prevent aging. It is to maintain your youthful and beautiful body for a long time.
Written by Jun Kato PhD.
Jun KATO, PhD.
Department of Nutritional Sciences
Faculty of Health and Welfare Science
Nayoro City University
Former Director General
Donan Agricultural Experiment Station
Hokkaido Research Organization
Translated by Azusa Yoshida