All the world talks about antioxidants and free radicals – hence also the so-called ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity). But what exactly is the ORAC value and what does it mean in terms of our food?
In recent decades, oxidative stress (free radical strain) has been identified as a factor in the development of a number of chronic diseases. Antioxidants, which are able to neutralize or erase oxygen radicals, quickly became the focus of research. In the course of the studies, the need for a technique that is able to measure the antioxidant capacity of a foodstuff has arisen. This is how the original ORAC was created. Brunswick Laboratories has become the only laboratory in the world that can make such a standardized ORAC test, which makes the ORAC value of a wide variety of products comparable. Since its inception, the ORAC test has been very popular in the food and nutrition supplement industry. Recently, Dr. Ronald Prior, a former USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) scientist and pioneer of antioxidant research, noted in an article the link between antioxidants, oxidative stress, and health. The article presented an overview of several studies showing that eating antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables leads to an increase in antioxidant capacity in the body. Included were several studies showing a link between increased intake of antioxidants by food and reduced risk of some widespread diseases. Based on previous study results, the authors estimated the average oral intake of ORAC for a person who eats 5 servings of fruit and vegetables per day at 4360 ORAC units and 8600 ORAC units for those who consumed 10 servings of fruit and vegetables. Consume. Finally, they noted that orAC revenues of at least 12,000 units or more are needed to reduce the risk of various diseases. This means that a person would have to consume about 7 to 10 servings of fruit and vegetables to get to the required ORAC value. By the way, 1-serving VABO-N ESSENTIALS has an ORAC value (6.0) of 43,000 (portion = 33ml) and FIERCE a value of 48,000 per serving (250ml).