Antioxidants are compounds that are produced by the body and consumed through foods that help protect cells from free radicals and oxidative stress. Chronic exposure to oxidative stress can be detrimental and and increase risk of chronic diseases. It is generally agreed that eating a diet rich in antioxidants can help maintain healthy levels of free radicals and related oxidants leading to more optimal health. Free radical production, especially during exercise, can result in increased muscle inflammation and damage.
Antioxidants can be found in a wide variety of sources, especially plants. We have talked before about some bioactive compounds from tea and berries like catechins and anthocyanins. Extracts from these plant sources can provide standardized and concentrated doses of these beneficial compounds. But what if there was an ingredient that focused on a wide spectrum of antioxidant activity within the body?
Spectra™ is a plant-based, scientifically validated formula of fruits, vegetables, and herbs shown to inhibit free radical production and optimize cellular metabolic activity within the human body. It is an trademark ingredient from FutureCeuticals. Research shows post consumption of 100mg of Spectra: generation of total ROS and cellular inflammatory response was reduced, cellular and mitochondrial oxygen consumption was increased, circulating nitric oxide was increased, and blood glucose concentration post food consumption was reduced.
Spectra's wide variety of 29 concentrates and extracts has potential for the use of modulation of oxidative stress, NO bioavailability, inflammatory response, blood glucose levels, and ultimately supporting improved overall health. We include Spectra in our Essence Active Greens formula for these possible benefits.
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