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Antioxidants In Fruits – The 10 Healthiest Fruits You Can Eat

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Best Antioxidant Fruits

The following common fruits typically found at your local grocery store are loaded with antioxidants and potential health benefits.

Their antioxidant value combined with “typically found at your grocery store” might make them the healthiest fruits you can eat.

Why? Because they are likely available to you and therefore you’re more likely to eat them!

   

See the following list of 10 common fruits sorted by highest ORAC value:

 

What are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are compounds that inhibit oxidation.

Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals, thereby leading to chain reactions that may damage the cells of organisms.

Antioxidant benefits include the potential prevention or delay of some types of cell damage. Since ‘free radicals’ may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases, Antioxidants may help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.

 

What are ORAC units?

ORAC units measure antioxidant capacity of foods.

ORAC units are typically measured per 100 grams (or 3.5 ounces).

 

10 Common Fruits With High ORAC values

Note: There are other ‘exotic’ (less commonly found at your grocery store) fruits which may be considered higher in antioxidant ORAC value. However the following are fairly common:

 
Plums ORAC value

1. Plums

– 7,581 ORAC units

 
Blueberries ORAC value

2. Blueberries

– 6,552 ORAC units

 
Prunes ORAC value

3. Prunes

– same ORAC value as blueberries

 
Blackberries ORAC value

4. Blackberries

– 5,347 ORAC units

 
Raspberries ORAC value

5. Raspberries

– 4,882 ORAC units

 
Apples ORAC value

6. Apples

– 4,275 ORAC units (Red Delicious)

 
Strawberries ORAC value

7. Strawberries

– 3,577 ORAC units

 
Figs ORAC value

8. Figs

– 3,383 ORAC units

 
Cherries ORAC value

9. Cherries

– 3,365 ORAC units

 
Pears ORAC value

10. Pears

– 2,941 ORAC units

 
ORAC data had been sourced from the US Department of Agriculture during 2010.

See the following article for more information on ORAC units and high ORAC value foods:

Top 100 High ORAC Value Antioxidant Foods

 

Antioxidants Supplements

There are a wide variety of antioxidant supplements which may be of benefit. While eating the actual fruit (or vegetable) is logically an ideal choice, some supplements concentrate the substance into apparently more powerful antioxidant formulas.


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