What Is ORAC Value
The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) unit, ORAC value, or “ORAC score” is a method of measuring the antioxidant capacity of different foods and supplements. It measures the reactive oxygen species or ROS that functions in the water-based compartments of the body. It was developed by scientists at the National Institutes of Health.
Why it is important
An ORAC Value test helps show how high the antioxidant levels are in various foods. Antioxidants are very important for the body. They help fight disease, including helping fight the aging process. A diet rich in various fruits, vegetables and spices will provide the body with plenty of antioxidants to fight free-radicals. Free-radicals are unstable molecules that try to attach to already healthy molecules in the body, causing all sorts of chaos in your body. Free radicals can cause damage anywhere in the body, leading to: cell injury, cell death, cancer, inflammatory disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cataracts, Atherosclerosis, etc.
The ORAC values in food
To help raise your antioxidant levels, eating foods with a high ORAC value is a good place to start. But it can be very difficult to find out what a food item’s ORAC value is. In order to find out the ORAC value of a food item is, it must be tested. That is difficult and expensive for the average person to do. Thankfully, many laboratories have already tested some of the common foods that people eat to determine their ORAC value.
The average healthy person needs 20,000 ORAC units each day. However, anyone with health issues needs upwards of 100,000 ORAC units per day.
Below you can find a short list of the ORAC values of various foods.
|Food||Serving size||ORAC, Trolox equiv., umol per 100 g|
|Raw unprocessed Cocoa bean||100 grams||28,000|
|Small Red Bean||½ cup dried beans||13,727|
|Wild blueberry||1 cup||13,427|
|Red kidney bean||½ cup dried beans||13,259|
|Pinto bean||½ cup||11,864|
|Blueberry||1 cup (cultivated berries)||9,019|
|Cranberry||1 cup (whole berries)||8,983|
|Artichoke hearts||1 cup, cooked||7,904|
|Blackberry||1 cup (cultivated berries)||7,701|
|Red Delicious apple||1 apple||5,900|
|Granny Smith apple||1 apple||5,381|
|Sweet cherry||1 cup||4,873|
|Black plum||1 plum||4,844|
|Russet potato||1, cooked||4,649|
|Black bean||½ cup dried beans||4,181|
|Gala apple||1 apple||3,903|
With nearly all vegetables, conventional boiling can reduce the ORAC value by up to 90%, while steaming retains more of the antioxidants.
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