What Are ORAC and ORAC Value?
ORAC is an acronym for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. That's just a fancy way of measuring how effective a food is in delivering much needed antioxidants to help your body fight free radical damage.
The ORAC Value is the number assigned to a food to represent its ability to provide antioxidants. The higher the ORAC Value the greater the number of antioxidants that food can provide. Currently, the United States Department of Agriculture recommends a diet of fruits and vegetables that will allow you to consume between 3,000 and 5,000 ORAC units per day. This will help you maintain an optimal level of antioxidant protection.
Fruits and vegetables are powerful sources of antioxidants. It's why nutritionists want us to eat 5-8 servings per day. Sounds like a healthy and important goal but for the vast majority of people it's impractical. Either their eating habits don't allow for it or their pocketbook can't absorb the cost of 5-8 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.