ORAC Value, Antioxidants and Clove Oil

ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) Value of Essential Oils

Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) is a means by which we can test biological samples to measure their antioxidant value.

Antioxidants help protect your body from Free-Radicals. When I was doing weight loss coaching with clients, a sure way to get women to take a good antioxidant supplement was to simply say "they help promote healthy hair, skin, and nails".

Antioxidants are beneficial to take every day for any of us but particularly important if you're starting on a weight loss journey. Fat cells are a fantastic storage unit for toxins and chemicals in our body. This is one reason Alzheimer's is being referred to as Diabetes Type 3. Our brain is the fattiest organ in our body, a great place to store all those excess toxins and chemicals we are exposed to each day.

Some people can get "flu like symptoms" when they start a new diet.  They may blame it on the diet, thinking it wasn't agreeable to their system. This could be the result of the toxins being released into your system as you start losing weight. It's important to drink lots of water and get your antioxidants in to help protect you from these toxins and help your body flush them out - whether you're dieting or not.

Think of a piece of metal that's left outside, exposed to the weather. It starts oxidizing. If it helps, you can think of antioxidants as a way of keeping your body from oxidizing like that piece of metal ;)

Here is the Merriam Webster definition of antioxidant:

"a substance (as beta-carotene or vitamin C) that inhibits oxidation or reactions promoted by oxygen, peroxides, or free radicals"

Fruits and vegetables are a powerful source of antioxidants, with Ningxia Wolfberry (more commonly known as Gogi Berry) registering the highest on the ORAC scale.

ORAC Value Chart Foods

When looking at the chart above, you might be tempted to rush off and start googling sources of Ningxia Wolfberries.  I love Gogi Berries, I think they taste a bit like Mike and Ike's. Very chewy and a nice tart/sweet mix for flavor.

Before rushing off to purchase a pound - which can cost a pretty penny, I'd invite you to take a look at the chart below to see how Essential Oils compare:

ORAC Value Chart Essential Oils

As you can see, even the highest ORAC value food can't compare to some of the more antioxidant-rich Essential Oils - with Clove Oil weighing in at the top by a landslide!

Clove oil is: 
  • antimicrobial
  • antifungal
  • antiseptic
  • antiviral
  • aphrodisiac
  • stimulating properties. 

Clove oil is used for helping assist your body with a variety of ailments including:

  • toothaches
  • indigestion
  • cough
  • asthma
  • headache
  • stress
  • blood impurities

I remember when I first saw the chart above, I put a couple drops of clove oil on my tongue - definitely NOT recommended, or safe. It is far too potent. My throat felt pretty raw the rest of the day (things that make you go dohhhh).

If you plan to ingest Clove oil, be sure the oil you purchase is safe to take internally. It should have a supplement panel on the side of the bottle that states it safe for dieteary use. You can add it when cooking or take via veggie gel caps. Don't just add this one to water or place directly onto your tongue. Clove is also very powerful on an Emotional level - known as the Oil of Boundaries. You can read more about that here.