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Is ORAC score valid or is it a scam?

  1. ORAC score, the antioxidant content of food measured in a lab, is this another scam like PUFA or is it valid.

    Funny like they are pushing things like goji berries and blackberries, but most spices have a lot more, like a gram of cinnamon has more than a cup of blueberries, if ORAC means anything. Chris Masterjohn even said that high ORAC foods coud be actually toxic. What does Ray Peat think about it.
     
  2. ORAC(Oxygen radical absorbance capacity) is a measure of antioxidant capacity that has questionable biological significance. We need to look at endogenous anti-oxidants rather than exogenous. For exogenous substances, we should rather look at their specific effect like OJ(Hesperitin, naringenin etc) and Guava(apigenin) have substances that inhibit aromatase etc.
     
  3. As seen spices are very high, even at the teaspoon size levels.
    http://modernsurvivalblog.com/health/hi ... s-top-100/

    Would there be any of the exogenous subtances in them, like in cinnamon, cloves, thyme, basil,oregano ,turmeric,chilli, pepper powder,... to support their intake?
     
  4. This is a study RP cited in his food-junk article. Red pepper is said to be very anti-inflammatory, but I think it's because of a long-term adaptive process to it, and endogenous antioxidants are probably involved in that. I would avoid capsaicin, garlic, onion, mustard, and other spicy spices because they are obvious irritants, and probably increase histamine and serotonin as a result.