Antioxidant potential of selected supplements in vitro and the problem of its extrapolation for in vivo

Papić, Julija Ogrin; Poljšak, Borut
April 2012
Journal of Health Sciences;2012, Vol. 2 Issue 1, p5
Academic Journal
Introduction: antioxidants, free radicals and oxidative stress have been studied extensively for quite some time but their role in diseases and their prevention has not been clearly determined. Because commercial antioxidants do not need to pass clinical tests in order to be sold over the counter we have decided to test the antioxidant potential of different commercial preparations with the antioxidative properties. Methods: pH, rH and oxidant-reduction potential of different preparations in aqueous solution was measured. Afterwards antioxidant potential using FormPlus® after adding the preparation to human blood as a more complex environment with different homeostasis mechanisms was determined. Results: all the results showed expected change compared to the control but the results in aqueous solution did not match the results obtained from the human blood, as was expected. Conclusion: from the experiments it can be concluded that while the preparations did show antioxidant activity, it is very diffi cult and even wrong to predict the antioxidant potential of an antioxidant preparation added to human blood, let alone in a living organism, based just on the results obtained in aqueous solution. Further possibilities for research include more extensive studies of antioxidant preparations in more complex environment and last but not least in test organisms or in human trials.


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