"Super" North Korean drink "multiplies brain cells"

SEOUL (Reuters Life!) - North Korea, which again warned of war on Friday after weeks of denying any role in sinking a South Korean naval ship, found time to sing the praises of a “super” drink which apparently multiplies brain cells.

The often-shrill KCNA state news agency softened its tone to advertise an anti-oxidation drink made by the Moranbong Carbonated Fruit Juice Joint Venture Company which contains 60 kinds of “microelements” extracted from more than 30 species of plants.

“It, with effects of both preventive and curative treatment, helps improve mental and retentive faculties by multiplying brain cells,” the agency said.

“It also protects skin from wrinkles and black spots and prevents such geriatric diseases as cerebral hemorrhage, myocardium and brain infarction by removing acid effete matters in time.”

That is not all, KCNA said. It also makes skin fair.

Company manager Jong Song Ho, 38, told KCNA that the drink was particularly “efficacious” among workers at a thermal power station, smelter and at medical institutions.

“The drink has no side-effect,” the agency added.

Reporting by Nick Macfie; Editing by Michael Perry