Supercharged everyday fruit leads to a breakthrough in superfood research
What started as a PhD thesis for the University of Newcastle, where Dr Vincent Candrawinata (Dr Vincent) was manipulating water molecules to extract phenolic antioxidants from apples without any of the usual chemical solvents, has now developed into a company, brand and all-Australian world first product. Renovatio means new life in Latin, and this is exactly what Dr Vincent aims to give to people, using his completely natural and ground-breaking method of antioxidant extraction technology. For the first time in 80 years, there is a way to extract and activate ‘phenolic’ antioxidants within apples, to produce the world’s most potent dietary antioxidant.
“Before my discovery, nobody in the world could extract and activate these compounds without the use of chemical solvents like methanol, ethanol and acetone. The body does not produce these chemicals naturally but these harsh solvents are what the industry uses to extract and measure a food’s antioxidant content,” Dr Vincent said today.
“The use of chemical solvents for extraction comes with many concerns, which is why the process I have developed is a natural, water-based process. This is very important as it means people can consume a product which has been created without any chemicals what so ever.
“As far as antioxidants go, phenolic antioxidants are like the holy grail of dietary antioxidants – in that they are the most potent ones.
“Phenolic antioxidants are ultra antioxidants that move through the body mopping up and clearing out cell damaging and mutating free radicals. They are like ‘super hero’, ‘super strength’ versions of normal antioxidants with awesome powers.
“I selected Apples to extract the phenolics from because they contain the highest concentration of phenolic antioxidants across the 1,755 edible fruit.
“Growing up you are always told ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’, and there is truth in that. The phenolic antioxidants in apples do fantastic things for the human body like protecting us from inflammation and cell mutations. The world-wide research that shows cell mutations are a leading cause of cancer and other serious degenerative diseases was a major inspiration for me in developing a safe form of phenolic antioxidants.
“The Activated Phenolics Powder that I have developed is the most potent dietary antioxidant available. It is entirely natural, 100% Australian made and derived from only quality Australian produce. It promotes vitality, energy and wellbeing.
“I have also developed Activated Phenolic Antioxidant tablets that uniquely contain phenolic antioxidants which have been naturally extracted to be highly potent and easily absorbed by the body.
“As my antioxidants are water soluble and 100% natural, they are closer to being super superfoods than a supplement as we traditionally know them.
“Research has shown very promising indications that phenolic antioxidants could be a key to helping prevent types of cancer, helping in the recovery of those with cancers and fighting other serious conditions that cause cell mutations and inflammation in the body.”
Dr Vincent is producing and distributing his innovative range of activated phenolics through his company Renovatio Bioscience (Renovatio). Renovatio has released an initial range of products and Dr Vincent and his team at Renovatio are working on the development and release of further products including skin care items.