Japan from the inside out

Bloody good for you

Posted by ampontan on Monday, December 24, 2012

FROM the front lines of scientific research in Japan comes some news that you can use for the holidays. Two pharmacologists, Oshima Shunji of the Asahi Lab Garden and Aizawa Koichi of Kagome, conducted a study that found the combination of alcohol and tomato juice stimulates the metabolism with the effect of accelerating sobriety and reducing or preventing hangover symptoms.

Dr. Oshima said the inspiration for the research came from his desire to enjoy after-work drinks with his colleagues and his knowledge that too much booze was bad for you. He wanted to discover what food consumed with alcohol had the most beneficial effects, and decided to start with vegetables.

After finding that vegetables didn’t do a whole lot, they said they thought of using tomatoes. Drinkers’ wisdom has it that tomatoes either prevent or quickly cure hangovers. Then there were the examples of the Bloody Mary and the Red Eye, which I had never heard of before reading this report.

The researchers started by giving the water-soluble constituents of tomatoes — i.e., tomato juice — and lycopene to mice, injected them with alcohol, and then measured the concentration of alcohol in their blood. The results inspired them to try a similar experiment with humans.

They give 12 healthy men tomato juice with 5% alcohol, and then shochu with 5% alcohol. Their measurements showed the tomatoes reduced the concentration of alcohol in the blood by 30%, accelerated the process of breaking up the alcohol in the body, and eliminated it from the system 50 minutes faster.

Those with the proper scientific detachment will be interested to learn that the water-soluble constituents of tomatoes activate the enzymes that break up the alcohol in the liver.

Everyone else will be interested to learn that Dr. Oshima’s employer makes Asahi beer, and Dr. Aizawa’s employer Kagome is a food product company whose primary products include tomato juice and catsup.

The two companies jointly sponsored the research. They were already very familiar with each other because they finalized a mutual shareholding agreement in February.

Now who says scientific research is dry!

Looks like these Tomato-chans knocked back a few Asahis before filming started.

7 Responses to “Bloody good for you”

  1. 21st Century Schizoid Man said

    Bill: It is like you are still there. Cheers!

  2. 21st Century Schizoid Man said

    William Sakovich 御内儀様:  よほどの幸運がない限り、奥様がこれを読まれる可能性は低い、とは思うのですが、ご主人のなされたことへの思いを綴りたくて、投稿いたします。





    でも、ご理解いただきたく思います。ご主人が情熱を持って記事を書かれたことで、多くの人間が感銘を受け、自分と、日本と、日本人という存在を、魑魅魍魎の跋扈する国際社会とやらの中で、自信を持って生きていけるようになっているということを。個人的な話になり恐縮ですが、ご主人のブログによって私は生かされている面があると感じております。その位、Willliam Sakovichのこのブログは革新的であり、それまでに見たどの外国人の言説よりも、日本と日本人に対する深い愛情と理解から成立していました。無条件に愛する、というのはこのことをもって初めて使うことのできる表現だと思いました。決して盲目的な愛情ではありませんでした。しかしながら、William Sakovichの日本と日本人に対する愛情と理解は、一言でいえば血を分けた家族に対するのと変わらないものだったと思います。彼は、日本国籍を取得はせず、その故に法的には日本人ではなかったかもしれませんが、日本人の最大の友であったことは、日本人を最も深く愛し理解した人であったことは、このブログのどこをとっても明らかだったと思います。





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