What is ORAC? Beauty inside and out.

Don’t we all want to look good, feel good and enjoy life to the fullest? If you are dealing with a good lifestyle, there is no getting around the term ‘antioxidants’. But what are antioxidants anyway? What can these mean for us and against which oxidants do we actually have to be ‘anti’? Oxidants are substances that, as the name suggests, ensure that we oxidize. But what exactly does that mean now? The Duden knows advice:

oxi | die | ren (combine with oxygen, absorb oxygen)

The oxidation in our body is comparable to the browning of a peeled apple or to iron that begins to rust. This effect is caused by the free radicals present.

What are Free Radicals?

Free radicals are made up of one or two unpaired electrons. That makes you very unstable. As a result, they set out on a true raid through our body in search of electrons, which they snatch from other cells, proteins and fatty acids. Free radicals do not even stop at DNA, which disrupts the cell structure.

Free radicals are by-products of our metabolism. So no matter how well we eat, free radicals occur in our body anyway. However, we are not powerless: Smoking, long sunbathing, unhealthy food, a lot of stress or alcohol all promote the production of free radicals in our body. These are to be avoided even if they occur in large quantities.

What are Antioxidants?

We call substances that defend themselves against free radicals antioxidants. This is exactly why it is so important to get enough antioxidants. To a certain extent, the body can produce antioxidants itself, the rest must be ingested through diet. We therefore recommend that you pay attention to the number of antioxidants or the ORAC value when buying food.

Number of antioxidants represented by the ORAC value

But how can you know how many antioxidants there are in your foods or even personal care products? Nowadays, many foods and cosmetics are enriched with antioxidants. The most important reason for this: the shelf life of the products is extended. Commonly known as E numbers. On the other hand, we focus on pure nature and only use natural antioxidants.

Our goal is not to extend the shelf life of a product, but rather the body – through a happy mind and body. But back to the original

Question: how do we measure the number of antioxidants?

The answer: using the ORAC value (= Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity).

ORAC is a unit of measurement used to depict the absorption capacity of free radicals in a product. The higher the ORAC value, the better, the stronger the antioxidant capacity of the measured product. The ORAC test has existed since 2004 and is designated as the standard test by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Amanprana "Kotobuki" Matcha premium quality
Kotobuki Matcha from Amanprana with a high PRAC value

Amanprana products with a high ORAC value

Our food has lost a lot of its quality in the last 50 years. Every now and then an extra dose of antioxidants can work wonders. At Amanprana, we are aware that the number of antioxidants in our food and personal care products have a positive effect on your performance. Therefore, all products in our range have a high ORAC value. Only natural antioxidants are used. The following products have a particularly high ORAC value:

  • Shangri-la
  • ORAC Botanico mix
  • Kotobuki Matcha
  • Choco hazelnut spread