ORAC is a measurement of value similar to voltage, amperage, pounds and calories.
*The ORAC analysis provides a measure of the scavenging capacity of antioxidants against the peroxyl radical, which is one of the most common reactive oxygen species (ROS) found in the body. ORAC hydro reflects water-soluble antioxidant capacity. . Trolox, a water-soluble Vitamin E analog, is used as the calibration standard and the ORAC result is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent (TE) per gram. The acceptable precision of the ORAC assay is 15% relative standard deviation.
Now that we have a unit of measure, what can we do with it? We can determine how effective different foods are in scavenging “free radicals” What are “free radicals”? An atom or group of atoms that has at least one unpaired electron and is therefore unstable and highly reactive. In animal tissues, free radicals can damage cells and are believed to accelerate the progression of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and age-related diseases.
From the above chart you can see purple cabbage has more scavenging effect on free radicals than tomatoes. The better the scavenging effect the better the cleansing of the free radicals (modern medical research reports those are the bad guys who come into the body or are formed within the body and start causing disease).
So according to the chart above, eating purple cabbage will make you healthier than eating tomatoes, as far as scavenging the free radicals goes. The higher the ORAC value the better the scavenging effect.
The test on Protocel Formula 23 by an independent laboratory returned a test result of TE/milliliter of 1,601.29.
The test on Protocel Formula 50 by an independent laboratory returned a test result of TE/gram of 1,155. Ok