To prevent oxidative stress and free radical damage, it's important to get plenty of antioxidants such as those found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, berries, coffee and dark chocolate. The reason nutritional experts recommend 5 servings a day of these anti-oxidant foods. Chocolate has received plenty of media coverage for its antioxidant benefits and prevention of free radical damage in the prevention of many disease plus cardiovascular structure and function. The Hershey chocolate company can demand top media news for their chocolate research. The compounds in these foods that have the antioxidant effects are called polyphenols. Dark chocolate has about 30-80% polyphenols with an ORAC value of 20,000 per 100 grams. Two of Nnature’s most powerful anti-oxidants are Curcumin and French Grape seed extract. French Grape seed extract contains 99% polyphenols with an ORAC value of 2,100,000 per 100 grams. Curcumin contains 95% polyphenols with an ORAC value of 1,500,000 per 100 grams. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity which works on our behalf to prevent oxidative damage.
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