ORAC Scores

 

An Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) score is a test tube analysis that measures the

antioxidant levels of food and other chemical substances. If a food has a high ORAC score, then it

means the food is high in antioxidants. The antioxidantís strength is its ability to eliminate oxygen

free radicals that are corrosive to tissues. With the ORAC score, a higher score means the food is

better at helping us fight diseases such as heart disease, fibromyalgia and cancer.

 

The ORAC score test was developed by Dr. Guohua Cao, a chemist and physician. The ORAC score

covers all the antioxidants in foods. Antioxidants cannot easily be measured separately, but the ORAC

score test can identify which nutrients are the important antioxidants. Combinations of nutrients found

in foods may have greater protective benefits than each nutrient on its own. Many people obtain a

number of their daily nutrients from supplements in pill or powder form, but in order to receive the best

form of nutrients, it is essential to receive them from plant chemicals rather than just from supplements.

There are certain types of plants that have a better antioxidant level than others, and the ORAC score

can measure these.

 

Studies have shown that eating foods with a high ORAC score will raise the antioxidant levels in the

blood by around 10 to 25%. The ORAC figure suggested by experts is around 5,000 units per day to

have a significant effect on plasma and tissue antioxidant levels. Eating eight to ten servings of brightly

colored fruits and vegetables or dark greens will help achieve this level. More and more foods and

supplements are beginning to state the ORAC score on their labels, and this should make it easier to find

foods you like which are also good for you.

 

CoQ10 is excellent at neutralizing oxidants.  It detoxifies waste so well in the body that it enables persons

on dialysis (who cannot eliminate wastes through their kidneys) to go longer intervals between dialysis

treatments.

 

Smoking adds oxidants to the bloodstream, decreases oxygen level in the blood, thickens the blood and

constricts blood vessels, so it is to avoid smoking when you are trying to cleanse the blood of oxygen

radicals.