What you need to know about ORAC, Antioxidants and Free Radicals

Yesterday I briefly touched on free radicals in my post about coconut oil. Free radical damage happens when your cells are exposed to toxins, chemicals, pesticides, transfats and radiation. Free radical damage leads to premature aging and breeds disease. It is impossible to completely eliminate free radical damage but you can limit your exposure by buying organic, unprocessed, high in antioxidant foods and using chemical free cleaning products. Some degree of air pollution is unavoidable, especially if you live in a city, but if you are doing all of the above you will be a lot better off than most.

I am also trialling liquid zeolite to see if it lives up to all the hype. This mineral has some pretty astounding claims in relation to free radical cell repair and the elimination of toxins, I’ll write about it in the New Year and let you know my thoughts.

Antioxidants fight free radical damage so make sure you are eating lots of organic* high in antioxidants, fruits, and veggies. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity – Foods that have a high ORAC are high in antioxidants and help protect you from fight free radical damage and premature aging. From my research, it is recommended that you get 3000 – 5000 units per day, but having more can’t hurt right 🙂 Have a look at this table to make sure you are getting enough http://www.aging-no-more.com/orac-value.html.

As you can see foods like acai berries and blue berries are high in ORAC units and kale (a very under rated vegetable if you ask me!) is the highest vegetable. Kale and Acai Berries just so happen to be some my favorite superfoods too!
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orac antioxidants and free radicals

*Always try to buy organic or farmers market produce. Otherwise, you are ingesting chemicals which lead to free radical damage and completely defeats the purpose of eating high in antioxidant foods!


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