Other high antioxidant foods are still great sources and highly beneficial, like tomatoes, carrots, pumpkin seeds, sweet potatoes, pomegranates, strawberries, kale, broccoli, grapes or red wine, squash, and wild-caught salmon.
Top 10 Antioxidant Herbs List
Along with antioxidant foods, certain herbs, spices and essential oils derived from nutrient-dense plants are extremely high in healing antioxidant compounds. Here is another list of the herbs you can try adding to your diet for increased protection against disease. Many of these herbs/spices are also available in concentrated essential oil form. Look for 100 percent pure (therapeutic grade) oils, which are highest in antioxidants.
Other antioxidant-rich herbs include garlic, cayenne pepper and green tea. Aim to consume two to three servings of these herbs or herbal teas daily.
ORAC Score of tart cherries
Antioxidant capacity of foods is measured in ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) units. ORAC score shows how many oxygen radicals a food can absorb and deactivate. The ORAC value is expressed in micromoles of Trolox Equivalents (µmol/TE) per 100 grams of sample (this is the laboratory measure of ORAC). The higher the score the better a food may be in its ability to fight oxidants. Nutrition experts estimate that a person needs to consume 3,000 - 5,000 ORAC units a day. Below you will find a table comparing ORAC scores of various fruits and vegetables. Just 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of concentrated cherry juice provide 12,800 ORAC units; or just one serving of 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) will supply 3,657 ORAC units, which is more than the minimum daily recommended amount.