I have been taking an antioxidant supplement for the last three months called Prime Delight. It consists of a base of concentrate pomegranate juice mixed with other fruit concentrates. I have noticed a huge difference over the last few months. I overall feel much healthier when I’m on this supplement. I recently have come across another antioxidant supplement called Mango-Xan. It boasts the same antioxidant benefits as Prime Delight; however, it is made from the mangosteen fruit. Both products seem to work very well. I’m just curious which fruit actually does have the most antioxidant properties and which product has a better bang for the buck. Thank you.
Good question! The idea of which antioxidant supplement is “best” is one that is often tossed about in supplement advertisements and infomercials. One often mentioned “proof” of a supplement’s antioxidant potency is its ORAC value. ORAC stands for oxygen radical absorbency capacity and is a measure of how good an antioxidant is at mopping up free radicals. The higher the ORAC value, the greater the antioxidant is said to be. A problem with relying on ORAC values, however, is that they are usually determined in a test tube. It is important to remember that how something acts in a test tube, under strict laboratory conditions, may be very different than how it might work in the human body. Since ORAC values may not fully explain how good one antioxidant is when compared to another, let’s look at each product you mentioned separately and see what we can determine about them.
As you mentioned in your question, Prime Delight’s main ingredient is pomegranate juice. Some published clinical studies do suggest that long term use of pomegranate juice may have positive effects on blood pressure, LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol levels. Other research also suggests that long term (greater than two years) use may also slow the spread of prostate cancer. These effects are thought to be the result of the antioxidant activity of the juice’s polyphenols which, as the web site of the Prime Delight suggests, are more powerful than the antioxidant effects of red wine.
The other big ingredient in Prime Delight is coenzyme Q10, a compound that helps the mitochondria during aerobic energy production. CoQ10 is also an antioxidant. Clinical studies of CoQ10 show a wide range of positive effects including its ability to possibly lower blood pressure and even help heart function in those suffering from heart disease. The amount of CoQ10 in Prime Delight is probably small because it appears at the end of the supplement’s ingredient list. Ingredient lists of supplements usually start with the stuff that’s present in the highest concentration and end with those that are least present.
According to its web site, Prime Delight is also said to contain various “adaptogens.” The word adaptogen does not refer to any specific product. Rather, an adaptogen is a term that was invented to explain how some supplements (like ginseng, for example) work. In other words, an adaptogen helps the body “adapt” to a stress.
Other ingredients in Prime Delight are various extracts of fruits such as grape seed extract - yet another antioxidant. Some research suggests that grape seed extract also appears to exert beneficial effects on cardiovascular health.
Pomegranate juice may, in theory, interact with various medications as grapefruit is known to. But for those who are apparently healthy, neither it nor CoQ10 is currently associated with adverse reactions when used moderately.
The other product you mentioned is Mango-Xan, which contains the extracts of mangosteen, a very popular supplement these days. Mangosteen is sometimes confused with mangos; however, the two are not the same. While mangosteen does contain various antioxidants (like tannins and xanthones), for the time being, there does not seem to be a lot of strong evidence to support any of the claims touted for mangosteen supplements. Those studies that I could locate were not performed on humans or lab animals but rather were done in test tubes. In other words, for now, mangosteen supplements seem to be more hype than science. That doesn’t mean mangosteen is without merit, but as of yet, there is no good proof to back up its claims. This seems to be reinforced on the Mango-Xan web site where I found no human studies of mangosteen or the Mango-Xan supplement.
So, if I were asked to choose which product – Prime Delight or Mango-Xan – might be the “best” antioxidant, based on the current evidence that is available to me, I’d probably pick Prime Delight because it seems to contain a broader spectrum of antioxidants. That being said, because there are currently no published studies on either of these supplements, the real test is how you feel when you use them.
I hope that helped clear up your question.