Friday, April 1, 2011

ORAC confirmed as reliable measure of antioxidant value

ORAC means "Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity" which us what antioxidants can do best - namely to slow down or stop oxidation that causes inflammation of human tissue and damage to our cells. A high ORAC food helps slow down the aging process. In fact, the Brunswick Laboratories did a study with the following conclusion:

The central message from this study is that natural products in a variety of standardized forms demonstrate significant efficacy against primary wellness factors. This is indicative of the multi-faceted anti-aging effects of natural products—in particular, those with a complex matrix of active constituents.

Another meaningful result of this study is the broad correlation between Total ORAC and cell-based outcomes. Although preliminary, these results support the view that Total ORAC is a useful tool for suggesting not only antioxidant, but also other important anti-aging outcomes.

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This is why Silver Palate utilizes this measure to indicate antioxidant content of its Grain Berry Bran Flakes, Toasted Oats, Pancake & Waffle Mix, Muffin Mix and Crackers.