Spectra™ is a rationally designed blend of fruit, vegetable and herbal powders and extracts that recent human clinical research suggest supports a healthy response to oxidative and nitrosative stress in vivo.
ORAC has traditionally been a valuable quality control marker and useful tool used to measure and compare the relative antioxidant potential of fruits and vegetables. However, linking the direct effects of the antioxidant potential of a natural product to quantifiable activity on reactive oxygen species (ROS, often referred to as free radicals) in humans had been problematic.
In a groundbreaking study designed to bridge the gap between a product’s antioxidant potential and its effects in humans, 100 mg of Spectra was shown to elicit a substantial response to free radical activity in the body.
The study is a significant step forward in the understanding of the impact of fruit-, vegetable-, and herb-based materials on ROS concentrations and demonstrates how certain, well-designed combinations of natural ingredients at relatively low intake levels can have meaningful in vivo activity.
Published in The Journal of Food Science and Nutrition, the study on Spectra documents the collaborative effort between FutureCeuticals Inc. and the renowned antioxidant research team from International Chemistry Testing Inc. headed by Dr. Boxin Ou, co-creator of the ORAC assay. A second, just-completed human clinical study (currently in press) also showed significant activity on ROS levels and acute increases in nitric oxide levels after ingestion of 100 mg of Spectra.
These combined results suggest that Spectra is perfect, full spectrum ingredient for a daily wellness platform such as multivitamins or ready-to-mix beverages.