Oxidative stress occurs when our cells are unable to effectively deal with the presence of reactive oxygen species such as free radicals that are damaging to cells. It is thought that oxidative stress is involved in a number of neurological diseases1. Antioxidants are thought to work by neutralizing the damaging effects caused by oxidation.
Antioxidant formula is a powerful antioxidant supplement packed with strong all natural antioxidants found in acai fruit, goji berries, mangosteen and pomegranate. *Please be aware that dried fruit extract does not have the same health benefit as fresh fruit.
Acai, from the Brazilian Amazon is a berry that is rich in antioxidants, omega fatty acids and amino acids. Acai is one the most powerful antioxidants available. Acai was shown to lower cholesterol in rats2.
Resveratrol is the powerful antioxidant found in the skin of grapes and red wine. Since many French ingest resveratrol through their diet, it is believed to explain the “French paradox” (while the French have diets rich in saturated fats, they have a low incidence of heart disease). Resveratrol has been found to be protective against Heart Disease and stroke in animal studies3,4.
Goji Berry, also called wolfberry, is a bright red berry packed with anti-oxidants.
Noni (Morinda citrifolia), used for centuries in Polynesian traditional medicine, is rich in antioxidants. Recent in vitro and animal studies show that noni contains compounds with pain relieving, anti-bacterial and anti-tumor activities5. These activities have not been studied in humans yet.
Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) contains compounds that have antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor activities. Animal studies suggest that Mangosteen extract targets several cancer types including breast, liver and leukemia6, however these data have yet to be proven in human clinical studies.
For additional information on the health benefits of antioxidants, see our blog post about antioxidant fruit and nuts.
1. Uttara, B., Singh, A.V., Zamboni,P. and Mahajan, R.T. (2009) Oxidative Stress and Neurodegenerative Diseases: A Review of Upstream and Downstream Antioxidant Therapeutic Options. Curr. Neuropharmacol. 7, 65-74.
2. Oliveira de Souza M., Silva M., Eustáquio Silva, M., de Paula Oliveira, R. and Lucia Pedrosa, M. (2010) Diet supplementation with acai (Euterpe oleracea Mart.) pulp improves biomarkers of oxidative stress and the serum lipid profile in rats. Nutrition 26, 804-810.
3. Bertelli, A. and Das, D.K. (2009) Grapes, Wines, Resveratrol, and Heart Health. J. Cardiovasc. Pharm. 54, 468-476.
4. Sinha, K., Chaudhary, G. and Gupta, Y.K. (2002) Protective effect of resveratrol against oxidative stress in middle cerebral artery occlusion model of stroke in rats. Life Sci. 71, 655-665.
5. Chan-Blancoa, Y., Vaillant, F., Perez, A.M., Reynes, M., Brillouet, J-M. and Brat, P. (2006) The noni fruit (Morinda citrifolia L.): A review of agricultural research, nutritional and therapeutic properties. J. Food Comp. Anal. 19, 645-654.
6. Pedraza-Chaverri, J., Cárdenas-Rodríguez, N., Orozco-Ibarra, M. and Pérez-Rojas, J.M. (2008) Medicinal properties of mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana). Food Chem. Tox. 46, 3227-3239.