Looking for Antioxidants? Top 100 High ORAC Value Antioxidant Foods

Looking for Antioxidants? Top 100 High ORAC Value Antioxidant Foods
Cells need oxygen to metabolize minerals and vitamins to survive and thrive. When cells cannot use oxygen to metabolize, they resort to fermenting glucose for their energy.

That’s what cancer cells are about. That’s why anything that oxygenates cells works to cure cancer, and that’s why cancer patients should avoid sugar.
The paradox of cellular oxidation is that incompletely utilized oxygen can cause cellular damage. What happens is oxygen molecules can form free radicals when interacting with certain problematic molecules, such as heavy metals and toxins.
Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with unpaired or odd numbers of electrons that become reactive trouble makers, causing cellular and DNA damage.
This sudden rush of free radicals can start a chain reaction of damage to healthy cells causing them to function poorly or even die. A chain reaction of cellular oxidative stress in a particular organ can cause that organ to not function properly or become cancerous.
Fortunately, the body comes equipped with an antioxidant defense system. Antioxidants are molecules that can safely interact with free radicals and stop the chain reaction from continuing or even starting. There are many enzymes that can be part of an antioxidant defense system.
But when too many of those problematic molecules from our toxic environment overwhelm our naturally existing antioxidants, oxidative stress chain reactions will break through the overwhelmed antioxidant defense system.
Many of those protective free radical scavenging enzymes depend on support from micronutrient minerals such as selenium and vitamins E, C, and beta-carotene. Those nutrients are not manufactured by the body, so they must be supplied by food and/or supplements.
The fact that we live in a toxic environment requires more antioxidants now than over a century ago. If you exercise regularly, you do increase the potential for oxidative stress, making consumption of antioxidants even more important.
The following foods and spices are rated by ORAC value. ORAC is an abbreviation for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity and was developed by the National Institutes of Health in Baltimore. In short, ORAC units measure the antioxidant capacity of foods. The higher, the better. High antioxidant foods help greatly to lower the risks of cancer, degeneration, and disease.
ORAC daily consumption up to 50,000 units is recommended if you’re physically active.The USDA recommends an ORAC unit ingestion of about 3000 to 5000 units daily (figured it would be dramatically under dosed!). The ORAC values of a certain food can differ due to growing conditions, processing conditions, and variety.

ORAC values are listed as 100 grams units.

1 Cloves, ground 314,446
2 Sumac bran 312,400
3 Cinnamon, ground 267,536
4 Sorghum, bran, raw 240,000
5 Oregano, dried 200,129
6 Turmeric, ground 159,277
7 Acai berry, freeze-dried 102,700
8 Sorghum, bran, black 100,800
9 Sumac, grain, raw 86,800
10 Cocoa powder, unsweetened 80,933
11 Cumin seed 76,800
12 Maqui berry, powder 75,000
13 Parsley, dried 74,349
14 Sorghum, bran, red 71,000
15 Basil, dried 67,553
16 Baking chocolate, unsweetened 49,926
17 Curry powder 48,504
18 Sorghum, grain, hi-tannin 45,400
19 Chocolate, dutched powder 40,200
20 Maqui berry, juice 40,000
21 Sage 32,004
22 Mustard seed, yellow 29,257
23 Ginger, ground 28,811
24 Pepper, black 27,618
25 Thyme, fresh 27,426
26 Marjoram, fresh 27,297
27 Goji berries 25,300
28 Rice bran, crude 24,287
29 Chili powder 23,636
30 Sorghum, grain, black 21,900
31 Chocolate, dark 20,823
32 Flax hull lignans 19,600
33 Chocolate, semisweet 18,053
34 Pecans 17,940
35 Paprika 17,919
36 Chokeberry, raw 16,062
37 Tarragon, fresh 15,542
38 Ginger root, raw 14,840
39 Elderberries, raw 14,697
40 Sorghum, grain, red 14,000
41 Peppermint, fresh 13,978
42 Oregano, fresh 13,978
43 Walnuts 13,541
44 Hazelnuts 9,645
45 Cranberries, raw 9,584
46 Pears, dried 9,496
47 Savory, fresh 9,465
48 Artichokes 9,416
49 Kidney beans, red 8,459
50 Pink beans 8,320
51 Black beans 8,040
52 Pistachio nuts 7,983
53 Currants 7,960
54 Pinto beans 7,779
55 Plums 7,581
56 Chocolate, milk chocolate 7,528
57 Lentils 7,282
58 Agave, dried 7,274
59 Apples, dried 6,681
60 Garlic powder 6,665
61 Blueberries 6,552
62 Prunes 6,552
63 Sorghum, bran, white 6,400
64 Lemon balm, leaves 5,997
65 Soybeans 5,764
66 Onion powder 5,735
67 Blackberries 5,347
68 Garlic, raw 5,346
69 Cilantro leaves 5,141
70 Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon 5,034
71 Raspberries 4,882
72 Basil, fresh 4,805
73 Almonds 4,454
74 Dill weed 4,392
75 Cowpeas 4,343
76 Apples, red delicious 4,275
77 Peaches, dried 4,222
78 Raisins, white 4,188
79 Apples, granny smith 3,898
80 Dates 3,895
81 Wine, red 3,873
82 Strawberries 3,577
83 Peanut butter, smooth 3,432
84 Currants, red 3,387
85 Figs 3,383
86 Cherries 3,365
87 Gooseberries 3,277
88 Apricots, dried 3,234
89 Peanuts, all types 3,166
90 Cabbage, red 3,145
91 Broccoli 3,083
92 Apples 3,082
93 Raisins 3,037
94 Pears 2,941
95 Agave 2,938
96 Blueberry juice 2,906
97 Cardamom 2,764
98 Guava 2,550
99 Lettuce, red leaf 2,380
100 Concord grape juice 2,377

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