What are Antioxidants and Free Radicals?

Antioxidants & Free Radicals

You’ve heard the terms antioxidants & free radicals but what does this mean in terms of your health?

Free radicals are organic molecules responsible for aging, tissue damage, and possibly some diseases. These molecules are very unstable, therefore they look to bond with other molecules, destroying their vigor and perpetuating the detrimental process. Antioxidants, present in many foods, are molecules that prevent free radicals from harming healthy tissue.

But, how are you to tell which foods or other natural substances offer you the best protection from the damaging effects of free radicals? Check out their ORAC score. (ORAC = measure of the Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity in foods)

Top-scoring fruits and vegetables ORAC units per 100 grams (about 3½ ounces)
Vegetables:
Kale — 11770
Spinach — 11260
Brussels sprout — 1980
Alfalfa sprouts — 1930
Broccoli Flowers — 1890
Beets — 1840
Red bell pepper — 1710
Onion — 1450
Corn — 1400
Eggplant – 1390
Fruits:
Prunes — 5570
Raisins — 2830
Blueberries — 2400
Blackberries — 2036
Strawberries — 1540
Raspberries — 1220
Plums — 949
Oranges — 750
Red grapes — 739
Cherries — 670
Kiwi fruit — 602
Grapefruit, pink — 483

HAPPY HEALTHY EATING!

Namaste, Daisy!

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