Most stop at the ORAC assay as the final
word on a food's measure of antioxidant
power. As critical a measurement as
the ORAC is, there is more. While ORAC
addresses the ability of a food to combat
the peroxyl radical (the most prevalent free
radical in our bodies), there are several
other types of free radicals with devastating effects
of inflammation, pre-mature aging and disease.
While some other fruits or vegetables measure
well in one area, science has continued to
discover that the açaí
berry leads by significant margins in every
test it is put to.
From the many examples, clinical tests and
published results, etc. that are compiled on
we would like to highlight a few comparisons
here, relative to other antioxidant tests.
The most damaging free radical to our bodies
is the superoxide anion radical.
Approximately one percent of the oxygen we
take in is converted to the superoxide anion
free radical. It is also believed to
be the source of other reactive oxygen
species such as hydroxyl radicals, peroxide
The superoxide scavenging ability in our
body is the first line of defense against
the enemy of oxidative stress and is
critical to maintain.
The SORC assay measures a food's ability to
scavenge this harmful enemy. Prior to
sprouted wheatgrass had the highest known
capacity to scavenge the superoxide radical
of any food. Yet,
once again, açaí
scored the highest score (1,614 units) of
any other food by a very significant margin.
This is particularly exciting, as
consumption of freeze-dried açaí,
put into a liquid juice format for
absorption in the body, could reduce the
production of other free radicals, at the
source, through its extraordinarily high
superoxide scavenging ability.
As we explore the amazingly broad spectrum
of antioxidant protection offered by açaí,
we next look to the Trolox equivalent
antioxidant capacity assay (TEAC).
This is an in vitro assay used to determine
the antioxidant activity of foods.
Blueberries where the previous highest
scoring food, using the TEAC assay - scoring
39.45 micromoles Trolox equivalent per gram.
Others tested, such as mangosteen (3.00), fell
well short of blueberry. Yet açaí
(744.00) was nearly twenty times higher than
anything ever measured.
The following graph illustrates comparisons
with some of the highest scoring foods on
the TEAC assay - blueberry, pomegranate,
rambutan, dragon fruit, mangosteen and