Top 100 High ORAC Value Antioxidant Foods
The ORAC values of the following spices-herbs-foods are rated very high (apparently healthier) and are worth considering in your diet and preps for your overall health and well-being.
ORAC is an abbreviation for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity and was developed by the National Institutes of Health in Baltimore.
In short, ORAC units measure the antioxidant capacity of foods. The higher, the better.
It is widely believed that high antioxidant foods help greatly to lower the risks of cancer, degeneration, and disease.
Here’s the list:
The ORAC values in this list are normalized to 100 grams of weight (about 3.5 ounces) because that is the way in which the original database of information was presented. The intent is to ‘normalize’ the various items to simply compare ‘raw value’.
The list does not factor or attempt to suggest the quantities that a person would normally eat in one serving (for example – who is going to eat 3.5 ounces of cloves in one serving??). I simply wanted to point out which ‘foods’ were literally the highest (that I could find information about).
The list I’ve put together here is not all-inclusive (no list ever is )
Have a look at the following list of food and spices and consider making a conscious effort to obtain and consume more of them in your normal diet. Ones health is paramount to survival!
(data sourced from the US Department of Agriculture during 2010)
The USDA recommends an ORAC unit ingestion of about 3000 to 5000 units daily.
The ORAC value of a given food will vary due to growing conditions, processing conditions, specific variety and others.
ORAC values listed here are in units of µmol TE/100g.
(micromol Trolox Equivalent per 100 grams)
Trolox equivalency is used as a benchmark for the antioxidant capacity.
UPDATE (2014): The USDA has apparently removed their ORAC listings. If someone finds a USDA link, please comment below.
This is not medical advice.
ORAC Value Top 20 list
ORAC Value list 21 – 40
ORAC Value list 41 – 60
ORAC Value list 61 – 80
ORAC Value list 81 – 100
ORAC Value list, Top 100
|4||Sorghum, bran, raw||240,000|
|7||Acai berry, freeze-dried||102,700|
|8||Sorghum, bran, black||100,800|
|9||Sumac, grain, raw||86,800|
|10||Cocoa powder, unsweetened||80,933|
|12||Maqui berry, powder||75,000|
|14||Sorghum, bran, red||71,000|
|16||Baking chocolate, unsweetened||49,926|
|18||Sorghum, grain, hi-tannin||45,400|
|19||Chocolate, dutched powder||40,200|
|20||Maqui berry, juice||40,000|
|22||Mustard seed, yellow||29,257|
|28||Rice bran, crude||24,287|
|30||Sorghum, grain, black||21,900|
|32||Flax hull lignans||19,600|
|38||Ginger root, raw||14,840|
|40||Sorghum, grain, red||14,000|
|49||Kidney beans, red||8,459|
|56||Chocolate, milk chocolate||7,528|
|63||Sorghum, bran, white||6,400|
|64||Lemon balm, leaves||5,997|
|70||Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon||5,034|
|76||Apples, red delicious||4,275|
|79||Apples, granny smith||3,898|
|83||Peanut butter, smooth||3,432|
|89||Peanuts, all types||3,166|
|99||Lettuce, red leaf||2,380|
|100||Concord grape juice||2,377|