What is ORAC?
ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity)
is a measurement developed by scientists at Tufts University in
Oklahoma under the direction of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. This
higher the ORAC value, the more capable that food is of destroying
free radicals, thus retarding the aging process and other diseases.
The USDA recommends an intake of about 5,000 ORAC units a day to
obtain optimum health benefits; unfortunately, the average person
only receives about 20%-25% of this recommended allowance in his or
her daily food consumption.
What are Free Radicals?
In your body, oxygen is necessary for most metabolic functions. In
these specific processes, oxygen molecules give off one or more of
their electrons, leaving them as electrically unbalanced oxygen
atoms. They are essentially partial molecules, or known as free
radicals. As free radicals, they desperately look around for their
missing parts. This makes them frantic, hungry to grab a chunk of
whatever tissue is available. Thus, they can cause disease by
disrupting normal cellular function. This leads to unhealthy tissues
and DNA, compromising our immune systems and can lead to cancer,
accelerated aging, and a host other maladies.