ORAC - antioxidant scores

For over 20 years scientists have demonstrated a probable link between various chronic diseases, such as cancer, Alzheimer's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and the actual aging process itself - to free radical damage. Antioxidants, on the other hand, are chemical compounds that have been shown to prevent, stop, or reduce oxidative damage.

What is an antioxidant? - An antioxidant is any substance that reduces oxidative damage (damage due to oxygen) such as that caused by free radicals. There are hundreds of different antioxidant compounds that include various vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and phytochemical antioxidants. Since scientists don't know every antioxidant in a plant, a test-ORAC was developed that indicates the total antioxidant potential.

eg 1: To get daily ORAC dose from apples, you would need to eat 2,294 grams of apple (or about 22 apples).

eg 2: Although ORAC(strawberries)> ORAC(Spinach) but spinach has been shown to be more effective than strawberries in boosting blood antioxidant scores. So, although eating a large amount of antioxidants is always a plus, it is important to eat a variety of healthy foods, not only for their antioxidant levels, but for their other nutritional properties as well.

eg 3: 1/2 cup of Red kidney bean(Rajma) contains ORAC=13259

What is Goji berry(wolfberrie)-Super duper ORAC score ?
( http://www.gojijuices.net/gojiandorac.html )
1. Eating just 20 grams/day of goji berries will give 5000 ORAC units which is the standard and best antioxidant requirement for adult.
2. High in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, it also has polysaccharides, one of a kind phytochemicals and compounds.
3. Goji berry has :
..1. 18 amino acids ( i.e 6 times higher than is in bee pollen)
..2. More Beta Carotene than is in carrots
..3. More iron than is found in spinach.
..4. 21 trace minerals
..5. vitamins B1, B6, B2 as well as Vitamin E.
..6. 13% of protein.

ORAC score of some easy veg/fruit:
2400 Orange
2100 Raisin
1900 Garlic
1400 Apple
1100 Red garpe
200 Carrot


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