ORAC Value and The Role of Antioxidants in Protecting Your Body
You've probably heard us mention that Moringa trumps all other antioxidant superfoods in ORAC tests - but what exactly does this mean? Furthermore, what importance do antioxidants have in regards to you health? Well, let's find out!
ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. An ORAC is the unit which measures the antioxidant values within a specific food. This is determined by placing a sample of the food within a test tube, along with two different types of molecules. The first molecule is one that generates what is known as "free radical activity". Free radical activity damages cells through the process of oxidation, leading to problems such as cancer, lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, mood and neural disorders, cataracts and macular degeneration (declining or total loss of vision), and Alzheimer's. The second molecule is one that is susceptible to damage caused by oxidation.
When both molecules are placed in the test tube with the food sample, the ORAC value is determined by measuring how well the antioxidant properties of the food sample prevented the free radical molecules from oxidizing the vulnerable molecules. In shorter terms - the less damage caused by free radical oxidation, the more powerful of an antioxidant the sampled food is.
We can see the damage oxidation causes by looking at an apple, for example. Have you ever cut a perfectly crisp, ripe apple in half, only to have it start turning brown after some time passes? That is the result of oxidation. The apple's cells begin to brown once they come into contact with oxygen. However, if something such as Vitamin C drops (which are powerful antioxidants) are placed on the apple, the browning process will not occur as rapidly, or even at all.
Some of the world's most well-known antioxidants - blueberries, turmeric, garlic, green, tea, etc - don't even come close to the antioxidant properties of the Moringa tree. Take a look:
Antioxidants are an important factor in any diet for one simple reason: they protect our bodies. Harmful oxidants come in many forms that our bodies are constantly in contact with. Some common oxidants are cigarette smoke, air pollution, toxic industrial chemicals, and pesticides. Because antioxidants work to combat these oxidants, they are responsible for preventing us from developing a wide range of diseases and health issues, increasing our immunity, and promoting clear skin.
Knowledge is key when it comes to taking care of our bodies and our health. Understanding the nutritional value of the foods we eat and how they will battle illness or disease is imperative to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I hope that this article helped you to learn a little more about the significant antioxidant content of Moringa, and the overall importance of antioxidants in protecting our health.