A friend of mine mentioned the ORAC scale the other day. I am interested in improving my diet and wondered if this was something to focus on?

ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. This scale measures the total antioxidant capacity of foods and other chemical substances. An ‘oxygen radical’ is a chemical that can create damage in cells. An antioxidant’s goal is to counter the negative effects of oxygen radicals, or specifically the oxidation process. Oxidation can cause stress in various organs and systems in our body, which may lead to diseases like cancer or heart disease.

The best way to stop the oxidation process is by choosing foods high in antioxidants. The ORAC scale can help you choose the foods that can absorb the most oxygen radicals. When a food has a high ORAC score it means that it can absorb a high amount of oxygen radicals. Studies have shown that foods with a high ORAC score can prevent blood vessels against oxidative damage, prevent some long-term memory loss, and can help prevent cancer.

Examples of high ORAC foods are plant foods such as prunes, blueberries, kale, spinach, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, oranges, cherries, broccoli, and red grapes and bell peppers.

Login to Favorite