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Total radical-trapping antioxidant potential (TRAP) of plasma effects of supplementaiton of young healthy volunteers with large doses of alpha-tocopherol and ascorbic-acid

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Mulholland, CW and Strain, JJ (1993) Total radical-trapping antioxidant potential (TRAP) of plasma effects of supplementaiton of young healthy volunteers with large doses of alpha-tocopherol and ascorbic-acid. International Journal of Vitamin and Nutrition Research, 63 (1). pp. 27-30. [Journal article]

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Abstract

A randomized, placebo-controlled double-blind supplementation trial was conducted on 32 adults to assess the effect of dl-alpha-tocopherol (1 g/day for 28 days) or ascorbic acid (AA) (1 g/day for 28 days) separately or in combination on the total radical-trapping antioxidant potential (TRAP) of plasma. Subjects were divided into 4 groups of 8 and received the following: Group 1, placebo, Group 2, ascorbic acid; Group 3, alpha-tocopherol; Group 4, alpha-tocopherol and AA. Antioxidant potential was assessed using the TRAP technique (a specific measure of the capacity of the secondary antioxidants, vitamins E, C, reduced thiol compounds and urate in plasma to resist controlled in vitro peroxidation). TRAP values were estimated at baseline and after treatment (day 29). Group means of the antioxidant vitamins at baseline were within normal values for both ascorbic acid (62-82 mumol/l) and alpha-tocopherol (24-29 mumol/l). Despite marked increases post-supplementation in plasma alpha-tocopherol levels in Groups 3 (94%) and 4 (91%) and in AA levels in Groups 2 (82%) and 4 (32%), there were no significant differences (analysis of variance) between the 4 treatment groups for TRAP values on day 29. Paired-t-testing revealed significant (P < 0.01) increases in postsupplementation TRAP values in Groups 2 and 3.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE)
ID Code:5296
Deposited By:Mrs Alison Deehan
Deposited On:14 Jan 2010 15:13
Last Modified:22 Aug 2012 11:10

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