The ORAC values of the following spices-herbs-foods are rated very high 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 antioxidant capacity of foods. Higher units potential for better health.
(Consult your doctor for medical advice.)
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.
A few notes first:
Note: The ORAC values in this list are normalized to 100 grams of weight (~ 3.5 ounces) because that’s how 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: This ORAC 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 intend to point out which ‘foods’ are literally the highest in ORAC value (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 3,000 to 5,000 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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|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: