- Antioxidants are molecules that bind and neutralize free radicals in the body.
- Free radicals are the molecules that run around our bodies and cause the degeneration and damage to cells most closely correlated with aging.
- The antioxidant capacity of any food is measured using an ORAC score. ORAC stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity.
- The higher an ORAC score the greater the antioxidant capacity of the food.
- Dr. Mark Iwanicki shares the foods and spices with highest ORAC scores in this article.
Herbs and Spices Rich in Antioxidants
Interestingly enough the foods with the greatest ORAC scores are not actually “foods” the way we think of the word but herbs and spices.
- * Rosemary is not in the picture but it’s at 165K which puts it above Oregano
So next time your in the kitchen consider adding some anti-aging spices to the mix.
Foods Rich in Antioxidants
Next let’s look at foods that we actually consume in larger quantities. These foods come in with ORAC scores just underneath the herbs and spices from above.
Remember the ORAC score stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity. The higher an ORAC score the greater the antioxidant capacity of the food.
These foods include:
- Goji berries
- Black raspberries
- Dark chocolate
- Pecans, Cilantro
Interestingly to note the berry with one of the highest ORAC scores that’s not on this pictured list is Acai berry which comes in at a whopping 102K. That’s higher than some of the spices listed above.
For a full list of foods and their ORAC scores check out SuperFoodly.com.
Beautiful image courtesy PositiveandHealthymindsd.com
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