What are free radicals?

Free radicals are damaged molecules that naturally result in the body when cells burn oxygen to produce energy. As unstable molecules, free radicals search to regain balance by taking a spare electron from anywhere possible. Proteins, fat or even DNA can be targets for free radicals. When free radicals steal electrons from these sources, they can cause further damage and instability in materials that would usually be beneficial to the body. Not only that, when free radicals cause instability in other resources, those resources follow the same path and search to regain balance in the same way, by attacking other components. Over time, the cumulative effects of free radicals can contribute to disease, premature aging and other not so great things. Although free radicals naturally result from energy production in the body, they can also be caused by environmental factors such as pollution, smoking or ultraviolet light.

The power of antioxidants

Antioxidants are a group of compounds that act as free radical scavengers, donating electrons to neutralize free radicals and prevent their destruction to other cells. Certain vitamins and many phytonutrients appear to play an important role in helping to neutralize free radicals. These antioxidant sources convert free radicals to harmless waste products, which are then eliminated from the body. Some antioxidants may even repair damage done to cells by previous encounters with free radicals. Maintaining a healthy diet that includes antioxidant rich foods is a great way to support overall health and wellbeing—not to mention, a great way to help reduce signs of premature aging!

Measuring up to an antioxidant rich diet

One way to determine the antioxidant power of foods is by measuring their ORAC scores, which stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It is a lab test that commonly measures antioxidant potential of foods. The brightest, most colorful foods typically have the highest ORAC scores. Blueberries, wheat grass, strawberries, plums, spinach, kale, broccoli and beets are all great sources of antioxidants that have achieved ORAC scores to prove it.

You don’t need lab equipment to get antioxidants though! Loading up on colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds just so happens to be a great way to build an antioxidant army.

By the nature of Amazing Grass products, you can rest assured that all of our products will contain sources of antioxidants. For an extra boost, try our Green SuperFood® ORAC! This product was developed to include more antioxidant benefits than any other Amazing Grass product and proves to be the most potent of the Green SuperFood® family!