Source of Supply Matters
Therapeutic-grade blends of essential oils and specially blended juices from natural plants are available from many sources. There is tremendous product variety and variability in formulation, quality control, value, and ORAC from company to company.
Whatever the brand, you must ascertain that the products are pure. The issue is quality assurance; not every company is on the alert, for solvents and toxic chemicals that might be present in the raw materials.
It is critical that raw materials be thoroughly tested for impurities before they get into supplement products. Standardized extracts and preparations from Europe, India, and China have been sent to product manufacturers that test to ensure purity and find contaminants, necessitating the return of the product.
These solvent contaminants have been encountered: green tea extract containing ethyl acetate, licorice extract containing 1,2 dichloroethane, and curcumin extract containing 1,2 dichloroethane.
Purchase products from companies that follow good manufacturing compliance (GMC) guidelines. Check statistics documenting purity and potency from independent laboratory studies. Brunswick and Consumer Labs offers certification of analysis to verify purity and potency from several perspectives. Athletes have concerns about World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned substances.
Consumers are concerned about ingesting pesticides. Essential oil products can be verified to be pesticide-free by means of gas chromatography (GC) analysis. Measuring the antioxidant ORAC value of juices and oils verifies increased potency, which translates to higher value and greater benefits.
Certain essential oils and juices have the highest ORAC values known on the planet. It is possible that oils and juices taken together obtain a tremendous boost of nutrients and maximize your total dietary ORAC intake.
A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and cereal grains is chemopreventative (i.e., reduces cancer risk), exemplified by the action of phytonutrients from plants such as lycopene, vitamins C and E, and beta-carotene.
These chemopreventative properties coupled with the potentially additive and synergistic effect of the twenty-three thousand pure and mixed isoprenoids from plants, also found in certain essential oils, may further reduce risks of cancer.
The oils rich in isoprenoids, such as d-limonene, are found in citrus, and geraniol is found in palmarosa, geranium, turmeric, and atlas cedar. The combination of naturally sourced products produced and tested by the right companies with the proper intended health benefits will deliver all the good health that you deserve.