The Japanese Association of Preventive Medicine for Adult Diseases (JAPA) is non-profit association of over 6,600 independent doctors and is the biggest and most respected of its kind in Japan. The association reviews and endorses a variety of products and technologies and is known for its with stringent guidelines for certification. More than 20,000 products are sent to them annually for approval but only 20 are recommended as they only issue such endorsements for only one product (or product line) to the very best in any given category or industry. The criteria for approvals include:
- All ingredients must be pure and natural without fillers or additives
- There must be zero side effects towards the human body
- Clinical test reports to confirm that the product actually helps the prevention of chronic diseases and cancer
- Company not in debt, strong financial standing, without disputes with anyone and guarantees the continued quality of the products and the security of the production process
- Approval for the quality supply of raw materials
Super Lutein is a JAPA-certified product, with numerous other certifications around the world. In Malaysia, Super Lutein has Halal certification and is registered with KKM (Ministry of Health) and approved as an over the counter product. Its formulation also has patents in several major countries.
Super Lutein is essentially the extract of vegetable and fruit encapsulated in a sealed soft gel capsule. It is a well-balanced mixture of lutein, zeaxanthin, crocetin, α-carotene, β-carotene, lycopene, anthocyanin, DHA and Vitamin E. The first seven ingredients are all phytochemicals: antioxidants that actively work to neutralize free radicals created through oxidation triggered by extrinsic and intrinsic factors on the body such as UV rays, blue light, air pollution and physiological stress. DHA is an omega-3-fatty acid derived from fish oil, and Vitamin E is an antioxidant found naturally in various foods.
It was initially conceived as a designer supplement for eyes. Lutein by itself is found in the retina; while both lutein and zeaxanthin are the predominant antioxidant pigments in the macula. Together they block UV rays and blue light from reaching underlying structures in the retina, thereby reducing the risk of light-induced oxidative damage that can lead to macular degeneration.
Lutein and zeaxanthin also have antioxidant properties, and together with other carotenoids in Super Lutein, it is also excellent for overall health to boost immunity. If the tip of the soft gel cap is snipped off with a scissors, the high potency liquid (fruits & vegetables extract) within appears black on first sight but if spread on a white tissue or napkin, will exhibit the colours of the rainbow, essentially the colourful fruits and vegetables that we all need in our daily diet. But how many of us are diligent enough to eat all colours of the rainbow and how much can we really eat? Three capsules of Super Lutein daily is equivalent to four servings of fruits and five servings of vegetables in six coloured variety.
Ingested, these nutrients work alone and synergistically in combinations to help to maintain eye and skin health, prevent damage to vital organs and protect the body from illness.
Super Lutein is especially beneficial for those with eye conditions. Many studies have shown that lutein and zeaxanthin reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases, including age related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts. High levels of blood carotenoids are also associated with reduced risk of several types of cancer (e.g. breats, endometrial, urothelial, etc), osteoarthritis and other health conditions.
My other posts on Izumio & Super Lutein can be found here:
Izumio, hydrogen water
Free radicals, antioxidants and Izumio
Izumio and eczema
My personal story - Izumio for eczema