Orac values of foods.
Testing the ORAC value of foods says "BarleyLife is Awesome!!!"
ORAC is the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity of food.
ORAC provides us with a method of measuring the overall antioxidant power of foods and supplements. Antioxidants are essential to good health, especially with respect to aging and age related disorders. Scientists have learned that phytochemicals, including antioxidants, increase our resistance to disease and boost immunity. Hence the recommendation of 5-9 servings of fruits and vegatables each day.
Simply put, the higher the ORAC value of food the more antioxidant power it contains. The focus on "foods" is significant as scientists have found that antioxidants are most effective when received from a whole food.
The chart below shows the fruits and vegetables found to be highest in antioxidants. ORAC numbers shown are for 5 grams, the higher the ORAC number, the greater the amount of antioxidants in the food.
3,000 to 5,000 ORAC units per day are required
Studies show that the average person gets only about 1200 ORAC units per day from 3 servings of fruits and vegetables.
However 3,000 to 5,000 ORAC units per day are required to have a significant impact on plasma and tissue antioxidant capacity.
The good news is that each tablespoon of BarleyLife powder contains about 1275 ORAC units! Two tablespoons a day about 2550, three tablespoons 3825 !!
Scientists have determined that whole plant foods high in antioxidants are more effective for good health than isolated antioxidant supplements.
BarleyLife's antioxidant potency is naturally occurring, NOT artificially inflated through the addition of isolated antioxidants. Another reason why BarleyLife is so good!
ORAC value of foods chart.
The chart above shows a typical ORAC value for foods, for 5 gram servings.
Most people take small portions of veggies and fruit, often no more than half a cup which is about 1.75 ounces (50 grams).
To get the ORAC number for a 1.75 ounce (50 gram) serving for a vegetable or fruit shown in the chart above, simply multiply by 10. For example, 1.75 ounces of carrots has an ORAC value of about 10x10= 100. 1.75oz of broccoli has an ORAC value of 10x45=450.
1.75oz of Blueberries (about 3/8 cup) would provide 1020 ORAC units. The key here is "daily" intake.
We highly recommend BarleyLife because children through adults don't come close to gettings the suggested 3000-5000 ORAC units per day. In addition to all its other benefits,
BarleyLife provides a quick and simple way of making sure your daily whole food antioxidant intake is high enough.
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WHAT'S the BIG DEAL?
Background - For over 20 years scientists have demonstrated a probable link between various chronic diseases, such as cancer, Alzheimer's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and the actual aging process itself - to free radical damage. Antioxidants, on the other hand, are chemical compounds that have been shown to prevent, stop, or reduce oxidative damage.
What is an antioxidant? - An antioxidant is any substance that reduces oxidative damage (damage due to oxygen) such as that caused by free radicals. There are hundreds of different antioxidant compounds that include various vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and phytochemical antioxidants. Since scientists don't know every antioxidant in a plant, a test was developed that indicates the total antioxidant potential.