Antioxidant Defense™

Antioxidant Defense™

$32.32

Antioxidant Defense™ is an innovative blend of standardized RosmarinX™ and Berr-X™ ORAC botanicals. ORAC is a measurement of the antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables. Antioxidant Defense™ helps bridge the gap between the recommended and actual daily consumption of these two important food groups.

60 Capsules

Product Description

Antioxidant Defense contains the amount of antioxidants you would receive in 5 cups of fruits and vegetables. It is used to minimize the effects free radicals on the body and the aging process. Made from organic pure Rosemary Extract. The antioxidant activity of fruits and vegetables are determined by the ORAC value (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity). Studies have shown that an ORAC of 3000 or greater not only reduce age-related oxidative stress, but also improve neuronal and cognitive brain function. The ingredients in Antioxidant Defense™ are standardized to provide an ORAC of 6000.

Clinical Applications

  • Antioxidant Support
  • Minimize the Effect Free Radicals Have on the Aging Process

Discussion

A relatively simple, but sensitive method that quantifies antioxidant capacity of foods and supplements is the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. The acronym for this assay is “ORAC”. The technique, developed by the National Institute of Aging and standardized by the USDA measures how well a sample inhibits an oxidizing agent and how long it takes to do so. The agent used as a standard control for antioxidant activity is a non-commercial, water-soluble derivative of tocopherol called Trolox. The units of an ORAC value are expressed as micromoles Trolox equivalents per gram of a substance (mmole TE/g).

The number of Trolox Equivalents that equate to eating an average of 5-9 servings of a variety of fruits and vegetables per day is 6000. The ORAC rating of approximately 3.5 ounces of prunes (5770), raisins (2830), blueberries (2400) and blackberries (2036) rank highest. An equivalent portion of foods such as eggplant  (400),  corn  (390)  and  onion  (450)  have  lower  ratings.  The  ingredients  in  Antioxidant Defense®  are standardized to provide 6000 TE/gram. Investigators in Spain found a 170-fold difference in ORAC values among seven commercial dietary antioxidant supplements.1

RosemarinX™,  derived  from  the  herb   rosemary   is   manufactured  using  a  proprietary  extraction technology that selectively isolates the beneficial fraction of the rosemary herb. Center For Natural Healing® acquires RosemarinX™ from a source that uses ORAC values as part of its internal quality control and reports values for each lot. Studies have demonstrated the antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic and estrogen-modulating properties of rosemary.2,3,4

Berr-X™ comes from a blend of anthocyanin-rich berries that have high ORAC values. Studies have shown that berry anthocyanins not only reduce age-related oxidative stress, but also improve neuronal and  cognitive  brain  function.  Anthocyanin-rich   berry  extract  formulas  have  been  shown  to  have antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic and anti-angiogenic effects.5,6

References

1. Davalos A, Gomez-Cordoves C, Bartolome B. Extending applicability of the oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC-flourescein) assay. J Agric Food Chem. 2004 Jan 14;52(1):48-54
2. Steiner M, Priel I, Giat J, Levy J, Sharoni Y, Danilenoko M. Carnosic acid inhibits proliferation and augments differentiation of human leukemic cells induced by 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 and retinoic acid. Nutr Cancer 2001:41(1-2):135-44
3. Offord EA, Mace K, Avanti O, Pfeifer AM. Mechanisms involved in the chemoprotective effects of rosemary extract studied in human liver and bronchial cells. Cancer Letter 1997 Mar 19; 114(1-2):275-81
4. Zhu BT. Dietary administration of an extract from rosemary leaves enhances the liver microsomal metabolism of endogenous estrogens and decreases their uterotropic action in CD-1 mice. [PMID: 9806165]
5. Bagchi D, Sen CK, Bagchi M, Atalay M. Anti-angiogenic, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties of a novel anthocyanin-rich berry extract formula. Biochemistry (Mosc)2004 Jan:69(1):75-80
6. Seeram NP, et al. Blackberry, black raspberry, blueberry, cranberry, red raspberry, and strawberry extracts inhibit growth and stimulate apoptosis of human cancer cells in vitro. J Agric Food Chem. 2006 Dec 13;54(25):9329-9339. [PMID: 17147415].
7. Halvorsen BL, et al. Content of redix-active compounds (ie, antioxidants) in foods consumed in the United States. Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Jul;84(1):95-135 [PMID: 16825686]
8. Zheng W, Wang SY. Oxygen radical absorbing capacity of phenolics in blueberries, cranberries, chokeberries, and lingonberries. J Agric Food Chem. 2003 Jan 15;51(2):502-9 [PMID: 12517117]
9. Prior RL, et al. Identification of procyanidins and anthocyanins in blueberries and cranberries (Vaccinium spp.) using high-performance liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry. J Agric Food Chem. 2001 Mar;49(3):1270-6 [PMID: 11312849]

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Additional Information

Weight 1 lbs

Dosage

Take one capsule once or twice a day with water. Note: Antioxidant Defense™ is not meant to entirely take the place of dietary fruits and vegetables. The biologic mechanisms whereby vegetables and fruits exert their healthful effects are not yet clearly understood and are very likely to be multiple.

Contradictions

Avoid if allergic to cranberries, blueberries or rosemary. Some literature states that rosemary oil is a uterine stimulant; however, there is not published clinical evidence that moderate consumption of the whole herb has negative effects in pregnancy. Judgment is left to the practitioner’s discretion.