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Maqui berry claims higher orac value than acai berry

Jun 05

As you notice on the below chart, the maqui berry claims a higher ORAC value than the acai berry. Learn more about ORAC scores and free radicals. In fact, it claims triple the ORAC score, and after other acai berry based products touted that same “3x the orac score” claim over blueberries, the trend continues. The question arises when you question the chart – there is no unit of measurement stated and it doesn’t cite any sources or supporting research. There’s a great conversation taking place on recent article on titled A Bottle of Juice = 12 Bottles of MonaVie where a similar claim has sparked debate.

Maqui berry orac score

The question arises – what ORAC value should we aim to reach on a daily basis?

Studies show that eating food with a high ORAC score will raise the antioxidant levels in the blood by 10% to 25%. Experts suggest that an ORAC score of around 5,000 units per day is necessary to have a significant effect on blood and tissue antioxidant levels. It would take about 8 to 10 brightly colored fruits and vegetables or dark greens to achieve this level, but a couple handfuls of blueberries will bring you closer to 6000 ORAC units.


The two last things worth noting are that, firstly, the ORAC value of a food can be affected by harvesting techniques, the aging of the food and how it is consumed and processed. It’s quite likely that the product marketers out there measure the ORAC values when they are at their peak, which might not be the case at the time we ingest them. Secondly, at what rate can the body absorb antioxidants? Can we reach a level where we simply stop benefiting? I haven’t been able to find much data on that question – if anyone out there has some insight into this please leave a comment!

Orac score of the acai berry, goji, pomegranate and mangosteen

Jan 06

ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) is a measure of how well antioxidants absorb free radicals. To achieve optimum health, the USDA recommends an intake of 5,000 ORAC units per day. Daily food consumption for an average person attains only about 20% to 30% of this recommendation.

The USDA hasn’t conducted their own ORAC evaluation for the acai berry yet, but other institutions have slated the acai berry as having an orac score of 3,800, pomegranate at 105, goji at 253 and mangosteen at somewhere above 3000.

Acai berry noted for cardiovascular health

Feb 03

Danielle Hope Hier of the Tampa Yoga Examiner noted the acai berry in the second part of her two part superfood reference guide. Among hot peppers, garlic, pumpkin seeds and pomegranate arils, the acai berry was noted for cardiovascular health, anti-inflammatory properties and high concentration of minerals and amino acids.

Part one listed lentils for their ability to lower cholesterol and high fibre content. Blueberries were also noted for their high antioxidant traits.

While it’s no surpise the acai berry is slowly building it’s credibility, it is still relatively new to the playing field in North America. In this instance it’s noted at the end of a two part superfoods reference guide behind blueberries, flax seeds and tea. The fans of the acai berry are quick to point out the ORAC score of acai berries to be higher than any food listed in this superfood reference guide. In my opinion, the fact that it’s making it’s way into an article written by a North American yoga instructor operating out of Tampa is testament to the impact the acai berry has had in North America in such a short time.

Dr. Oz demonstrates power of acai berry antioxidants

Dec 04

Dr Oz Acai BerryOne of the biggest benefits of the acai berry is its antioxidant content. Dr. Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon who has appeared on Oprah, names the acai berry as one of his top 10 foods.  He gave a demonstration of the benefits of antioxidants using two halves of apple where one half was covered in lemon juice.

The apple without the lemon juice eventually became shriveled and brown, but the side with the lemon juice remained unchanged.  Dr. Oz explained that this is what happens to the cells and key organs of our body when exposed to free radicals and oxidation.

Acai berry has the ability to fight off these dangerous free radicals and help protect us against premature aging and cell break down.

Xocai Activ – a healthy chocolate/acai beverage

Nov 25

xocai activ chocolate acai beverageXocai Activ sounds like an interesting beverage with a unique mix of cacao and berries. Only 90 calories per 3 ounces is respectable, considering you mix those 3 ounces with 10 ounces of water before you drink the final product.  Compare this to your typical chocolate milk at 220 calories per 8 ounces the calorie counters out there will be delighted to give this alternative a try. Check out the rest of the nutritional information of Xoçai Activ, and below is a rundown of the product benefits:

Xocai Activ combines the wonderful flavors of unprocessed cacao, acai berries, blueberries and concord grapes, leaving you with a lasting, “dark-chocolate” taste.  The antioxidant content or the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) Value of Xocai Activ is similar to the present Xocai Beverage and Nuggets.  However, the approach of Xocai Activ is slightly different clearly focusing on the “All-Natural” consumer. Activ has been formulated with no added colors, no artificial flavors, and no preservatives!  Xocai Activ is ideal for the “PURIST”, who wants nothing but the raw, high-antioxidant ingredients or for the “ENERGETIC”, who wants nothing holding them back in life!