The ORAC Scale on Antioxidant Capacity from the USDA
A measure of the oxygen radical absorption capacity in foods
Free radicals, and the damage they can do at the cellular level, have received a lot of attention in the last few years. The oxidative stress caused by free radicals — which are produced during normal metabolism and cell function, as well as pollutants in our air, water and food — is implicated in everything from aging and wrinkling of skin to DNA damage, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
This is clearly an issue for anyone concerned about their health, or just looking and feeling younger.
Antioxidants to the rescue
The good news is that you’re not left to the ravages of these free radicals. Antioxidants offer powerful, effective protection for your body and cells against their oxidative stress, by blunting the damaging effects of free radicals. But, how are you to tell which foods or other natural substances offer you the best protection from the damaging effects of free radicals?
The ORAC Scale on antioxidant capacity
USDA researchers have developed a new laboratory test to measure the oxygen radical absorption capacity of different foods and natural substances. Known as the ORAC scale, it is one of the most sensitive and reliable methods for measuring antioxidant capacity.
The first test of its kind, the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale measures both the time and degree of free-radical inhibition.
All antioxidant capacity measures are estimated by Ferric Reducing Power, and are expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent (TE) per 100 grams (µTE/100 g). The ORAC test is accurate to +/- 5%.
Comparison of different foods and natural substances on the ORAC scale
FOOD ORAC SCORE
Comparison of Young Living’s Therapeutic Essential Oils on the ORAC scale
|Sandalwood (Santalum Album)||1,655|
|Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)||2,446|
|Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma)||2,517|
|Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)||3,309|
|Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)||3,669|
|Spearmint (Mentha spicata)||5,398|
|Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)||17,420|
|Lemongrass (Cymbopogen flexuosus)||17,765|
|Orange (Citrus aurantium)||18,898|
|Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)||24,157|
|Rose of Sharon (Cistus ladanifer)||38,648|
|Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamamum verum)||103,448|
|Mountain Savory (Satureja montana)||113,071|
|Oregano (Origanum compactum)||153,007|
|Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)||159,590|
|Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides)||742,792|
|Ylang-Ylang (Cananga odorata)||1,300,478|
|Rose (Rosa damascena)||1,604,284|
|Clove (Syzigium aromaticum)||10,786,875|
Compare these ORAC scores with fruits, berries and vegetables and you can tell how potent essential oils really are. The oils listed at the bottom of this chart are even more powerful than wolfberries!
Clove is the champion of all with an ORAC score over 10 million!! That means a drop of Clove contains 400 times more antioxidant per unit volume than wolfberries, the most powerful of all know fruits.
Of course, the comparison isn’t quite fair since oils are concentrates while fresh fruits are not, nevertheless, a 15 ml bottle of Young Living’s Clove Oil (Code # 3524), has the antioxidant capacity of 150 lbs of carrots, 40 quarts of blueberries or 16 gallons of beet juice.
Have the Antioxidant Power of . . .
2.5 tablespoons of NingxiaRed Juice Juice
5 pounds of carrots
2.5 quarts of carrot juice
20 ounces or orange juice
2.5 pounds of beets
1 pint of beet juice
4 cups of raspberries
2.5 cups of blueberries
This means a drop of clove in your drinking water or a drop of any edible essential oil in anything you eat, is good for long, healthy living and you don’t have to eat a dozen oranges or drink a quart of beet juice every day to do it. A couple of spoonfuls of NingxiaRed Juice will do it, too.
The bottom line is this:
Young Living Therapeutic Essential Oils and Young Living products are ‘good for you.’ The benefits of breathing, applying and taking essentials oils internally while consuming the Young Living supplements are far greater than you can imagine.