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High ORAC Foods

High ORAC foods have been proven beneficial at protecting against oxidative damage. ORAC, which stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity, is an analysis measuring total antioxidant power of foods. Eating an abundance of high ORAC fruits and vegetables could help slow the aging process of both the body and the mind.

Recent studies of high ORAC foods have shown to raise the antioxidant level of human blood by an astounding 10 to 25 percent. They also help to eliminate free radical from the body as well. Eliminating these free radicals can reduce cancer rates, heart disease and many other diseases and conditions.

The recommended daily intake of ORAC is at 3000-5000, as stated by the USDA. An estimated 80% of the world's population does not meet half the required intake. Due to this, it is extremely important to become familiar with which foods are considered high ORAC foods.

Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables usually provides an individual with a proper intake of foods with high ORAC numbers. Following the food pyramid guidelines will aid in achieving a high ORAC intake. Another helpful tip is to add a wide array of colorful fruits and vegetables to ones diet.

Some foods with the highest ORAC score are as follows: (per 100 grams)

  • Acai Berry:102,700
  • Prunes:5,770
  • Blueberry:2,400
  • Blackberry:2,036
  • Kale:1,770
  • Strawberry:1,540
  • Spinach: 1,260
  • Brussels Sprouts:984
  • Broccoli890
  • Beets840

Since the Acai berry only grows in Brazil and rapidly loses nutritional value once harvested, fresh berries are impossible to find elsewhere. However, with modern processing methods the healthy benefits of the Acai berry can be preserved. The best-known way of processing the Acai berry and preserving the high ORAC value is by flash freezing. Once they are frozen seed and all is then ground into powder.

The powder of the Acai berry retains the majority of the original ORAC score. The powder is then used to produce Acai supplements in the form of juice and capsules. Adding these supplements to your diet will help you increase your good ORAC foods intake.

Eating a balanced diet including a variety of fruits and vegetables with high ORAC scores will help fight the harmful effects of free radicals. This will help to maintain good health. The Acai berry not only scores high on the ORAC score, but it is also rich in nutritional value, including vitamins and minerals.

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