The ORAC values of the following spices-herbs-foods are rated very high (healthier?) and are worth considering 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.
ORAC units measure the antioxidant capacity of foods.
Potentially the higher, the better.
As always however, consult your doctor. This is not medical advice.
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It is widely believed that high antioxidant foods help greatly to lower the risks of cancer, degeneration, and disease.
The following list consists of high ORAC value food and spices. Consider making an effort to obtain and consume more of them in your normal diet. Ones health is paramount to survival!
Here’s the list:
Note: 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’, NOT ‘amount per serving’.
Note: 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).
Note: The ORAC value of a given food will vary due to growing conditions, processing conditions, specific variety and others.
Note: Data sourced from the US Department of Agriculture during 2010. The USDA recommends an ORAC unit ingestion of about 3000 to 5000 units daily.
Note: 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.
Note: The list I’ve put together here is not all-inclusive
Note: Source: USDA’s Nutrient Data Laboratory (NDL)
Update: Sometime during 2012, the USDA apparently removed their ORAC listings.
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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|
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Again, this ORAC list does not factor or attempt to suggest the practical quantities that a person would normally consume in one serving. It simply is an attempt to point out the ORAC value for each ‘food’ (at least those that I could find information about).
Feel free to add to the list via your comments below: