Explaining ORAC

You may have seen the acronym ORAC floating around if you’ve been researching Tranont’s products. What does ORAC even mean? Well, let’s find out!

OMG, what is ORAC?

ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. Let’s break that down in layman’s terms.

ORAC is a score given to foods that measures their antioxidant capacity. The higher ORAC score a food has, the greater antioxidant capacity it has. This means high-ORAC foods have a larger potential to fight free radical damage.

What is free radical damage? This is damage that contributes to age-related degeneration and diseases.

What should my daily ORAC intake be?

Scientists and the USDA recommend a daily intake of 3,000 to 5,000 ORAC units.

Consuming more than that will not do any harm, but it also doesn’t cause any additional benefits. According to Dr. Ronald Prior, your body will only use up between 3,000 and 5,000 ORAC units before excreting excess antioxidants by the kidneys.

What are high-ORAC foods?


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There are many antioxidant-rich, high-ORAC foods to choose from, including some that you may have thought were guilty pleasures. Here are some great food choices, with their ORAC score listed next to them.

Please note that these scores are based on varying weights of food and calculation methods. Our information may not be the same as information you find elsewhere.

  • Goji berries (4,310)
  • Ginkgo biloba (35,850)
  • Wild blueberries (9,261)
  • Dried wild bilberries (48,320)
  • Dark chocolate (20,816)
  • Red wine (4,523)
  • Pecans (17,940)
  • Boiled artichoke (9,416)
  • Dried Ashwagandha root (8,487)
  • Elderberries (14,697)
  • Brewed Arabica coffee (2,450)
  • Kidney beans (8,606)
  • Cranberries (9,090)
  • Blackberries (5,905)
  • Cilantro (5,141)

As you can see, it’s easy to reach your daily ORAC unit intake. All it takes is a fruit salad and your morning coffee.

What are other high-ORAC options?

Sometimes, getting enough antioxidants from your diet alone can be difficult on a daily basis, especially if you’re a picky eater. After all, who regularly eats ashwagandha root?

If you have a hard time eating enough high-ORAC foods, supplements may be a good choice for you. In fact, some of our products are packed with many of the same antioxidant-rich foods found on the list above.

Tranont Health offers ICARIA Glow, [Restore], and [Balance] for all your antioxidant needs, in addition to a healthy diet. Shop for our products here.

Sources

Axe, J. (2018, May 7). Top 10 High Antioxidant Foods. Retrieved from https://draxe.com/top-10-high-antioxidant-foods/

Natural Balance Foods. (2019). How do we know levels of antioxidants in foods? The ORAC system. Retrieved from https://www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk/community/healthy-living/the-orac-system/

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