December 12, 2011

ORAC, Antioxidant Value of Foods and Acai Berry

If you are looking for foods with the best antioxidant properties, check their Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) number. ORAC shows the antioxidant value of foods. The foods higher on the ORAC scale are thought to better neutralize free radicals in the body.

The foods with the best antioxidant properties are (via ORACvalues)
1. Sumac bran    312,400
2. Cloves    290,283
3. Sorghum Bran    240,000
4. Oregano    175,295
5. Rosemary    165,280
6. Thyme    157,380
7. Cinnamon    131,240
8. Turmeric    127,068
9. Dried Vanilla beans    122,400
10. Sage    119,929

Not surprisingly, most of these are spices that can only be taken in small quantities.

So where does Acai Berry, a superfood, rank in antioxidant effectiveness? At number 12, with an ORAC value of 102,700, Acai berry indeed ranks high on the antioxidant scale.

The other berries high on the ORAC scale include Raspberries, Chokeberry, Elderberries, Raspberry, Blueberries and Cranberries.