Antioxidants

Active Edge products are rich in health-promoting antioxidants

Antioxidants are compounds that deactivate damaging free radicals.

Free radicals are highly reactive compounds that cause damage to cells and contribute to the diseases and signs associated with the ageing process.

Free radicals are formed naturally in the body through normal metabolism.  External sources, which include chemical pollutants, smoke, radiation and over-cooked foods, can increase the body’s exposure to free radicals.

Maintaining a high antioxidant diet may lower a person’s risk for disease, stimulate and protect the immune system and possibly slow the ageing process.

Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) is a laboratory test that measures the antioxidant levels in food.   The higher the ORAC score, the better a food may be in defending our cells from free radical damage.

Antioxidants are found in abundance in fruit and vegetables.  However, particular fruits and vegetables, the “superfoods”, have significantly higher ORAC values than regular ones.

For example, the table below shows a typical “5-a-Day” fruit and vegetable intake, with an ORAC score of 1,790 units. This is compared to the ORAC score of a 30ml serving of CherryActive concentrated juice, with a measured ORAC value of 8260 units.

To maintain a high antioxidant diet, therefore, it is important to consider the quality as well as the quantity of fruit and vegetables consumed.

  • PomegranateActive is 100% concentrated pomegranate juice

 

Typical 5-a-Day Food Portions

ORAC Units*

Medium Banana (80g***)

650

Watermelon (80g)

113

Fresh Tomatoes (80g)

294

Garden Peas (80g)

480

Cooked Carrots (80g)

253

Total for selected 5-a-Day

1790

 

 

CherryActive Concentrate (30ml)

8260**

(dilutes to make one glass of cherry juice)

 

*Source: ORAC of Selected Foods – 2007.
** Source: ORAC CherryActive Concentrate, Brunswick Laboratories.
***80g is the standard portion measure for the 5-a-Day programme.

Active Edge produces a range of concentrated juice products, all rich in antioxidants:

CherryActive, BlueberryActive, BeetActive, PomegranateActive.

 

  • We recommend you take a 30ml serving of one of our concentrated juice products daily to help increase your daily antioxidant intake.
  • Add one of our concentrated juices to water to make a delicious juice.
  • Also add to smoothies, natural yoghurt and other recipes
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  • Click here to buy Active Edge concentrated juices