Health and nutrition researcher Kimberly Day
tested three of the top selling antioxidant drinks on the market to
determine if they are delivering the benefits they claim to offer.
Ms. Day sent samples of MonaVie, Xango, and Thai-Go to Brunswick
Laboratories, which is a nationally recognized for their antioxidant
testing. The drinks were tested to determine their ORAC value. Oxygen
Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) is the most widely accepted method
of measuring antioxidant content in food.
Results indicated that MonaVie had the lowest hydro-ORAC value
(23,323), with Xango just slightly higher at 24,480. However, Thai-Go
was nearly twice as high as either of the other two beverages tested,
coming in at 51,939. All three drinks are comparatively priced and all
are marketed as high-quality antioxidant beverages.
(We can assume that the entire bottle was tested – not serving size or per oz.)
Antioxidants work to protect your body from free radical damage.
Free radicals are highly reactive forms of oxygen that are missing an
electron. When they come into contact with normal molecules, they try
to steal an electron, damaging the healthy cell and its DNA.
Free radical damage has long been believed to be a risk factor of
many of the chronic diseases that accompany aging-including heart
disease, eye degeneration, memory loss, damage from UV light, and
cancer. Antioxidants, however, deactivate free radicals, preventing
them from doing damage.