When I first read about carotenoids, I remember the carrot oil-based day cream I’d bought from Burt’s Bees:
“Replenish and revive skin with Burt’s Bees Carrot Nutritive Day Creme. This lightweight formula features carrot seed oil, which is believed to naturally stimulate skin cell turnover. It also delivers beta-carotene to nourish skin, avocado oil to moisturize and aloe vera to soothe and hydrate.”
Back then in the early 2000s, a lot of ladies were still hung up with big brands like Clarins, Elizabeth Arden, Estee Lauder, Shiseido and etc.
“Natural”, “organic” or food-based skin care products were seen as hippy.
But you know what? These “go natural” folks got the right formula all along, especially in anti-aging, disease-fighting foods.
It’s the media that got us believing that all those swanky beauty brands (with a long list of chemicals!!!) are good for us when actually they are not.
When my father was diagnosed with cancer in 2008, my first instinct was to build up/maintain his immune system because I remember one of my uncles (himself a cancer survivor) sharing with me that:
“When chemotherapy and radiotherapy kill the cancer cells in your body, they also kill the healthy cells. This is why it’s important to BUILD up the immune system after cancer treatment.”
If you’ve seen cancer patients, you’ll see frail, shrinking, thin bodies and food is the last thing on their minds. That’s bad because the body needs to keep up its immune system in order to fight this war.
I think you know how the Chinese, Korean and Japanese diets are famous for daily intake of fruits and vegetables?
For an average person, we probably eat a 1-1-1 ratio of rice, protein and vegetables (usually leafy greens or juicy veggies).
When we moved to China, we ate A LOT of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis (read thispost):
Leafy greens are aplenty and cheap at the wet markets plus all my Chinese ayi needed TWO varieties of vegetables per meal:
We were in the best of health – beautiful, glowing skin; few infections and we were fit and full of life!
A variety of vegetables decrease risk of premature death by 16%
This article in the Guardian shared scientific research on how much (or little) different foods increase/decrease risk of premature death:
- a variety of leafy, root and etc vegetables decrease risk of premature death by 16%
- salad decrease risk of premature death by 13%
- fresh fruit decrease premature death by 4%
- fruit juice decrease premature death by 3%
- frozen/canned fruit increase premature death by 17%
Unfortunately, many people CANNOT afford to eat 7 portions of fruit and veg on a daily basis because:
a) fresh fruits and vegetables are surprisingly expensive in countries e.g. Malaysia and Singapore. Many are imported but the best is to eat locally grown fruits and vegetables because their nutritional values are the highest.
b) fresh fruits and vegetables need to be cut just before they are eaten or they’ll oxidise.
How now, Brown Cow?
In 1999, a Japanese company called Naturally Plus developed the golden formula of essential carotenoids in Super Lutein for busy Japanese workers who cannot consume their daily dose of fruits and vegetables 🙂
3 capsules of Super Lutein supplement your daily diet from:
- 4 servings of fruits
- 5 servings of vegetables from 6 different colours of fruits and vegetables
Cancer patients need more because they are fighting against time – the multiplication of free radicals (cancer cells) in their bodies.
Read this article “Potential Role of Carotenoids as Antioxidants in Human Health and Disease” (2014)
Skin cancer Stage 3
For instance, Ben is a 68 year old male cancer *survivor* living in Los Angeles, USA.
In Nov 2014, he was undergoing chemotherapy for Stage 3 melanoma skin cancer.
6 Carotenoids: lutein, zeaxanthin, lycopene, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, crocetin
Carotenoid supplements were developed and made in Japan for hardworking Japanese who were too busy to take their daily 7 portions of fruits and vegetables.
Lucky for him, his brother sat next to a Naturally Plus distributor who told him about the benefits of 6 types of carotenoids (lutein, lycopene, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, zeaxanthin, lycopene and crocetin) for blood, eyes, breasts, colon, skin, nerves and uterus.
Ben’s brother decided to order IZUMIO and Super Lutein for him.
Did carotenoids and Hydrogen-rich water affect Ben?
Read on below:
After Chemotherapy (Round 1):
- He had a 40 degree C fever,
- spent 2 1/2 hours of shivering under his blanket,
- his skin itched!!!
- Plus, he had insomnia
- He had to stay home for 20 days – 10 of which was spent feeling nauseous at the sight of food
Chemotherapy (Round 2)
- only 4 days of discomfort – he could even drive back to the hospital to retrieve his jacket. The nurses were SHOCKED to see him up and about so soon!
Chemotherapy (Round 3)
- Day 1 – he could sleep. No insomnia.
- Day 2 – he drove out to town to buy food 🙂
How is Ben doing now?
Nausea, lack of appetite are the common side effects of chemotherapy but Hydrogen water and supplements may have helped to counter the side effects.
More importantly, he could eat REAL FOOD to rebuild his immune system.
Now, Ben is alive and going around sharing his success story with everyone he meets!
Which would you choose?
Stay stuck in a hospital
get out there, eat real food, enjoy life with loved ones AND get money coming in?
It’s your decision. Please contact me if you’d like to know more about these Asian supplements.