The competition to be the most powerful food supplement is on the rise. With hundreds of vying products, consumers are having a hard time pruning them to reach that best one. Currently, the certified scientific testing done on liquid vitamin supplements is through the measure of their antioxidant levels, thus their potency. Gone are days when Vitamin C is the sole undefeated owner of the title without any dispute. Grape seed Extract (OPC) for instance has been touted to be 20 times more potent than vitamin C and 50 times than vitamin E. Antioxidant level makes the difference.
Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity or commonly called as ORACsets the standard preferred by the market. This is, however, supported by mere in vitro studies on biological samples such as blood. Measurements of some phytonutrients, for example, are determined through the elevation of the properties in blood. Nonetheless, some experts challenge the claim of ORAC value. They say that having high content of nutrients when in raw form does not necessarily form the same nutrient-rich supplement.
Albeit the lack of physiological evidences of the process’ effectiveness in human subjects, sales are still going stronger especially for those offering hard-to-believe benefits. What science can’t prove, man can prove. Testimonials on these wonders are all over, from the Internet to TV and radio commercials, to your neighbor’s firsthand experience.
Some of the hot items in addition to the traditional (and proven) vitamins and minerals are all well-known to be the highest possessors of antioxidant properties. At the top of the list are wild blueberry, cranberry, blackberry, wolf berry and acai fruit – all converted to be your favorite liquid vitamin supplement. Whatever it is that you choose, remember that a balanced diet is still the first defense against sickness. ORAC certification is futile if your diet is consistently erroneous.
There is still an ongoing debate on the efficacy of certain compounds found in nature when they are added to chemicals for processing, same as what happens in liquid vitamin supplements. Do they retain the hundred percent of their potency? Don’t they change when combined with other components? Although they are powerful antioxidants, do you really have to take them side by side with other vitamins and minerals? Questions continue to arise, but some of them don’t require an expert; only your observation.