ORAC refers to Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity, which is a method for measuring the antioxidant capacities of different foods and how many oxygen radicals a substance can absorb. The use of vitamin E and vitamin C in ORAC supplements contributes to an antioxidant network which offers far more protection than the use of a single agent alone. Antioxidants are natural cell protectors, neutralizing free radicals by pairing an electron to the outermost shell of radical oxygen molecules, rendering them harmless. Antioxidants are nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and enzymes that are capable of counteracting the effects of the physiological process of oxidation in bodily tissues. Antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E, stabilize free radicals or cause them to decay into harmless atomic structures. Isotonix Maximum ORAC is an isotonic-capable supplement composed of a powerful blend of blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, elderberries, pomegranate, plum, vitamins C and E. Isotonix Maximum ORAC is intended to be used for its specially selected antioxidant properties. However, it also helps in the development and maintenance of bones, cartilage, teeth and gums, in connective tissue formation and wound healing, and is a factor in the maintenance of good health. Isotonic, which means “same pressure,” bears the same chemical resemblance to the body’s blood, plasma and tears. All fluids in the body have a certain concentration, referred to as osmotic pressure. The body’s common osmotic pressure, which is isotonic, allows a consistent maintenance of body tissues. In order for a substance to be absorbed and used in the body’s metabolism, it must be transported in an isotonic state. Isotonix dietary supplements are delivered in an isotonic solution. This means that the body has less work to do to in obtaining maximum absorption. The isotonic state of the suspension allows nutrients to pass directly into the small intestine and be rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream. With Isotonix products, little nutritive value is lost, making the absorption of nutrients highly efficient while delivering maximum results.
- An antioxidant for the maintenance of good health
- Helps in the development and maintenance of bones, cartilage, teeth and gums
- Helps in connective tissue formation
- Helps in wound healing
- A factor in the maintenance of good health
- Product Tested NO Detectable GMO
Cranberry Juice Extract Cranberry is a small evergreen shrub containing dark pink flowers that grows in damp bogs and mountain forests. It blooms from late spring until the end of the summer. The shrub’s small red fruits are produced in the fall. The therapeutic properties of the plant come from the fruit. Cranberries contain proanthocyanidin, which are helpful in promoting a healthy urinary tract and supporting a normal pH of urine. Preliminary evidence suggests that cranberries increase the antioxidant levels of plasma and may help maintain healthy cholesterol levels by providing antioxidant protection of LDL particles. Cranberries have a high ORAC value.
Blueberry Fruit Extract Blueberries rank highest among many fruits and vegetables for ORAC activity and contain 25-30 different types of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins give blueberries (and other fruits) their rich blue and red colouring, and are powerful flavonoid antioxidants. The mechanism of action surrounding anthocyanins has been studied at the molecular level, demonstrating effects such as promoting cellular health. Blueberries provide large amounts of chlorogenic acid, which is thought to be important in promoting cellular health. Blueberries support the body’s antioxidant network within the body.
Grape Juice Powder Grapes contain a variety of phenolic compounds, including anthocyanidins, cinnamates and flavan-3-ols (flavonols), which have all been shown to be effective in promoting cardiovascular health. Anthocyanidins are powerful flavonoid antioxidants that contribute to maintaining cellular health. Preliminary evidence suggests that anthocyanidins contribute to supporting healthy capillaries and providing antioxidant protection of LDL particles.
Raspberry Fruit Extract Raspberries contain significant amounts of polyphenol antioxidants, chemicals linked to promoting endothelial and cardiovascular health. Raspberries are high in fiber, are an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese, a good source of vitamin K and magnesium, and contain some calcium and iron. Raspberries are powerful antioxidants, particularly due to their dense contents of ellagic acid (from ellagotannins), quercetin, gallic acid, anthocyanins, cyanidins, pelargonidins, catechins, kaempferol and salicylic acid. They have a high ORAC value.
Elderberry Fruit Extract Elderberries contain the flavonoids rutin, isoquertin and hyperoside, as well as anthocyan glycosides, an essential oil. Elderberries have historically been used to make elderberry wine, elder brandy, and sambuca, a popular cordial. Elderberries have a high ORAC value, and contribute to promoting a comprehensive antioxidant network.
Pomegranate Fruit Extract One pomegranate delivers 40 percent of an adult's daily vitamin C requirement, and is a rich source of folic acid and antioxidants. Pomegranates are high in polyphenols. The most abundant polyphenols in pomegranate are hydrolysable tannins, particularly punicalagins, which research has shown to be the antioxidant responsible for the free-radical scavenging ability of pomegranate juice.
Plum Powder Plums contain several powerful antioxidants and they have a high ORAC content. They are rich sources of many essential vitamins and minerals. They are also rich in dietary fiber, sorbitol and isatin. They have been commonly used to promote digestive health but also contribute to a comprehensive antioxidant network.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) Vitamin C is found in peppers (sweet, green, red, hot red and green chili), citrus fruits, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, collards, mustard greens, broccoli, spinach, guava, kiwi fruit, currants and strawberries. Nuts and grains contain small amounts of vitamin C. It is important to note that cooking destroys vitamin C activity.
Vitamin C is integral in supporting a healthy immune system, promoting cardiovascular health, maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and providing an antioxidant defense. The body does not manufacture vitamin C on its own, nor does it store it. Therefore, vitamin C must be acquired through diet and supplementation.
Vitamin E Vitamin E is a collective term for a group of compounds from the tocopherol and tocotrienol chemical groups. The most valuable sources of dietary vitamin E include vegetable oils, margarine, nuts, seeds, avocados and wheat germ. Safflower oil contains large amounts of vitamin E and there are trace amounts in corn oil and soybean oil. For those individuals watching their dietary fat consumption vitamin E intake is likely to be low due to a reduced intake of foods with high fat content. The main health benefit of supplemental vitamin E comes from its immune-boosting antioxidant activity. It is also known to provide protection for the cardiovascular system. Vitamin E is one of the most powerful fat-soluble antioxidants in the body which help to protect cell membranes from free radicals. The combination of vitamins C and E together forms an antioxidant network, allowing the vitamins to engage (synergistically) in each others’ regeneration from the spent state back to the active antioxidant state so that they can continue neutralizing free radicals.
What is an antioxidant? Antioxidant means ‘against oxidation’. Antioxidants work to protect lipids from peroxidation by radical elements. Antioxidants are effective because they give up their own electrons to free radicals thereby stabilizing the radical. When a free radical gains the electron from an antioxidant, the chain reaction of oxidation is broken. Where do free radicals come from? Simply breathing (respiration), metabolizing food and generating ATP to fuel enzymatic reactions can create free radicals. Free radicals are created by the following: eating high fat foods, processed foods, food preservatives, ionizing radiation (UV, gamma, X-rays), exercise, stress, pollution, chlorine in drinking water, and tobacco smoke. Maximum ORAC contributes to the body’s ability to counteract oxidation by increasing the levels of antioxidants in the bloodstream, and protecting the other antioxidants that are acquired from our diets and promoting their full antioxidant activity in some cases. I already take an antioxidant supplement with vitamins A, C, and E. Is there an advantage in taking supplements in isotonic form? Yes. When you ingest food, drink, beverages or most nutritional supplements, the stomach must secrete diluting juices, enzymes, hydrochloric acid and at least one vitamin-binding protein to begin the process of digestion. This process can take about 40 minutes, depending on the size of the meal, and it requires both time and energy. The advantage of using Isotonix products are that they are delivered directly into the small intestine nutritionally concentrated. This maximizes the opportunity for absorption of the nutrients across the cell membranes. Isotonix products, such as the Maximum ORAC, are usually taken on an empty stomach, which considerably shortens the transit time through the body. Since the transit time is shortened, it minimizes the chance that vital micronutrients will be trapped in the body by fats, fibers and tannins, or even inactivated by a highly acidic pH level, which can all lead to neutralization in the nutritional value. The solution flows into the small intestine, where it mixes with pancreatic digestive juices, which adds sodium bicarbonate to adjust the pH to neutral, and in so doing, maximizes the potential uptake of nutrients. What is the difference in taking an isotonic formula as compared to taking traditional tablets? Isotonic solutions offer the fastest and most efficient delivery of all oral forms of supplementation. The nutrients in the solutions are quickly and effectively absorbed into the bloodstream, and do not linger in the stomach causing gastrointestinal discomfort. Isotonix products are not encapsulated, so there is no need for them to contain fillers, binders, coatings, lubricants, disintegrators or artificial colouring like there can be in traditional nutrient supplements. What does ORAC stand for? Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC) is an assay that measures the antioxidant activity of a substance. ORAC assays measure how many oxygen radicals a substance can absorb. The higher its ORAC score, the better it is at helping our bodies destroy free radicals.
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Fruits and vegetables are well known for their antioxidant power. Each piece of fruit and every serving of vegetable we eat has an ORAC score. This score measures a food's free radical-fighting capabilities. The higher the score, the better a food is at helping our bodies destroy free radicals. But high-ORAC foods - berries and spices, most notably - are becoming less and less frequent in keeping with our modern, on-the-go diets. That is why it is important to supplement your body's free radical fighting ability with Isotonix Maximum ORAC, a comprehensive antioxidant network of fruit extracts and antioxidant-rich vitamins.