What is antioxidant activity?
Antioxidants are molecules that can help your body fight off harmful free radicals, which have been linked to health conditions like diabetes and cancer. They’re found in many plant-based foods. Vitamin E and C are examples for antioxidants.
Antioxidant activity refers to the rate constant of a reaction between an antioxidant and an oxidant. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals by giving up some of their own electrons, which helps break a chain reaction that can affect other molecules in the cell and other cells in the body.
Free radicals are constantly being formed in your body. Without antioxidants, free radicals would cause serious harm very quickly, eventually resulting in death. However, free radicals also serve important functions that are essential for health.
For example, your immune cells use free radicals to fight infections. As a result, your body needs to maintain a certain balance of free radicals and antioxidants. When free radicals outnumber antioxidants, it can lead to a state called oxidative stress.
Prolonged oxidative stress can damage your DNA and other important molecules in your body. Sometimes it even leads to cell death. Damage to your DNA increases your risk of cancer, and some scientists have theorized that it plays a pivotal role in the aging process.
What creates oxydants in the body?
Several lifestyle, stress, and environmental factors are known to promote excessive free radical formation and oxidative stress, including:
- air pollution
- cigarette smoke
- alcohol intake
- high blood sugar levels
- high intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids
- radiation, including excessive sunbathing
- bacterial, fungal, or viral infections
- excessive intake of iron, magnesium, copper, or zinc
- too much or too little oxygen in your body
- intense and prolonged exercise, which causes tissue damage
- excessive intake of antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E
- antioxidant deficiency
Prolonged oxidative stress leads to an increased risk of negative health outcomes, such as cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer. Your body's cells naturally produce some powerful antioxidants, such as alpha lipoic acid and glutathione. Although the natural production of those decreases with aging and many of those have to be obtained with food and supplements.
How to increase antioxidants in your products?
Important dietary antioxidants include:
- Vitamin C. This water-soluble antioxidant is an essential dietary nutrient.
- Vitamin E. This fat-soluble antioxidant plays a critical role in protecting cell membranes against oxidative damage.
- Flavonoids. This group of plant antioxidants has many beneficial health effects
Carotenoids (such as lycopene in tomatoes and lutein in kale) and flavonoids (such as flavanols in cocoa, anthocyanins in blueberries, quercetin in apples and onions, and catechins in green tea) are also antioxidants. anthocyanins are the reason for the blue/purple color in the berries and some cannabis strains.
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which are compounds that protect the body from oxidative stress and inflammation. The main antioxidants in blueberries are flavonoids, especially anthocyanins, which give blueberries their blue color and have many health benefits. Blueberries also contain other flavonoids, such as quercetin and myricetin, which may help prevent cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Blueberries can increase antioxidant levels in the body and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
The cannabis plant is rich in flavonoids such as anthocyanins. Anthocyanins belong to a parent class of molecules called flavonoids. They can occur in all tissues of higher plants, including leaves, stems, roots, flowers, and fruits. They are odorless and moderately astringent. An astringent (sometimes called adstringent) is a chemical that constricts the body tissues.
Extracting the proper compounds of the plant without harming their antioxidant activity was researched by the scientists from PURE5TM in order to create best value products. Beside capability of extraction, the process needs to be gentle enough to preserve their vitality and natural potency.
The PURE5TM process gently removes the full spectrum of nutrients from the plant at room temperature and closely resembles the plant aroma and taste, while extracting the plant oils and resins. The process extracts under normal PH conditions and does not create any oxidative reactions to the molecules.
20 various herbs were extracted, and their antioxidant activity measured in the extract. All the extracts maintained the antioxidant activity high above 80%. For comparison the highest concentration of anthocyanins has been found in fresh and frozen berries and those are at around 0.7% in the fruit. While in some of the PURE5TM extracts we achieve up to 10% concentration.
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When you select your cannabis processing equipment one should be conscious about the naturality of the process being gentle to the plant and ability to maintain the natural vitality and the natural plant potency in the final product without damaging the original values that nature provides.
PURE5TM means purity that improves your life performance. Naturally pure, raw, unaltered by heat, solventless strain specific live resin with preserved health benefits of the original plant. All products you can build with naturally extracted ingredients at room temperature and without chemicals. The products are a drop of nature delivered in the most potent natural way.