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ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. This is just a fancy way of saying, "How well does a certain food help my body fight diseases like cancer and heart disease?" A University of Michigan Cancer Center Nutrition Specialist
Simply put, the higher the ORAC value per equivalent weight 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. BarleyLife is an awesome whole food quite high in antioxidants.
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 Chart for Fruits & Vegetables The chart above shows a typical ORAC number for fruits and vegetables for 5 grams. 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. In addition to all the other benefits, BarleyLife provides a quick and simple way of making sure your daily whole food antioxidant intake is high enough.
ORAC, FREE RADICALS & ANTIOXIDANTS
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.
ORAC, what is that? ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) is a standardized test adopted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to measure the Total Antioxidant Potency of foods and nutritional supplements. It provides a very precise way of establishing the Free Radical destroying or neutralizing power of a particular food supplement or compound. Whole foods that score high in an antioxidant assay called ORAC are recognized to protect cells and their components from damage by oxygen radicals. The ORAC standard is necessary because thousands of antioxidants exist in foods making it impossible to measure each individual antioxidant. ORAC provides an excellent method of determining the overall antioxidant potency of foods.
Numerous government and private agencies are now recommending 5-9 servings of vegetables and fruit per day. Why? Scientists have learned that phytochemicals, including antioxidants, increase our resistance to disease and boost immunity. But scientists don't know why phytochemicals seem to lose their disease-fighting powers when they are isolated from the plant (as with antioxidant supplements). Bottom line is God didn't provide us with beta carotene plants, superoxide dismutase plants, vitamin E plants etc. He provided us with plants containing thousands of nutrients that work synergistically in our bodies providing optimum health. The most effective way of getting these powerful antioxidants into the body is from whole plant food sources.
Good news on BarleyLife ORAC test results. BarleyLife tests at 25,500 ORAC units per 100 grams, 255 per gram or 1275 per 5g tablespoon. So 3 tablespoons per day provides 3825 ORAC units, well within the daily-recommended antioxidant intake. Add your daily fruits and veggies and you are at the top of the recommended intake of antioxidants. (Not to mention all the other tremendous nutrients and benefits of the barley juice.)
What antioxidants are known to be in BarleyLife? BarleyLife contains numerous substances known to be antioxidants, too many to list here. Some of the largest contributors would be beta-carotene, chlorophyll, superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, Lutonarin (7-O-GIO), Saponarin (7-O-GIV), Polyphenol oxidase, vitamin E, Phosphorus, and Zinc. Note: These are not ingredients added to BarleyLife but they are naturally occurring nutrients found in BarleyLife.
BarleyLife vs Antioxidant Supplements A popular antioxidant supplement on the market today, product X, is advertised as very powerful. So lets compare X to BarleyLife. The ORAC number for X is 3003 TE per gram. Wow! Sounds powerful, right? However 1 gram of X per day would require 17 60mg capsules costing $6.66 ! 4 of the X capsules is a more likely daily dose providing 720 ORAC units at a cost of at least $1.57. BarleyLife however requires only 2.8 grams, or about 1/2 tablespoon of powder for 720 ORAC units at a cost of less than 40 cents !!! This is very exciting! And BarleyLife is much more than an antioxidant!!
ORAC Why is BarleyLife so High in Antioxidants?
ORAC content of ALL natural/plant based products can change dramatically due to annual changes in weather conditions. The ORAC numbers shared in this report are from 2003 production and do not represent possible variations from year to year.
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