Source: NORP vs ORAC Explained
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NORP vs. ORAC Please explain:
The Third Grade Science Class Explanation:
The story of the farmer and the doctor:
There are special people in our lives and two of them are the farmer that provides us with food and nourishment but when we need special help when we are sick we rely on the doctor to get well. The farmer is educated on how to grow food but when we are sick we rely on the many years of scientific education that doctors learn to make us better.
ORAC is like the farmer. It is a good test for good things called antioxidants that are in foods, such as juices from the farmer’s fruits and berries. A better test is NORP which, like the doctor is very exacting and educated on the ways antioxidants work to make us better.
The Adult Explanation:
Oxidation Made Simple
The process of oxidation starts with the air you breathe. Each oxygen atom has a nucleus in the center with tiny electrons circling around it like satellites orbiting the earth. In your body, oxidation of your food molecules produces CO2 which you exhale, but the “ashes” remain in your body as electron-deficient molecules called “free radicals”. They are dangerous because they roam through your body attempting to replace their missing electrons by stealing electrons from your vital cells, causing damage which usually disables their ability to reproduce as healthy normal cells.
Most people think free radicals come from outside us from sources such as pollution, and this is true too. They are the smoke-of-the-fuel, the oxygen remains from the combustion of food, petrol, tobacco or otherwise, but even in a pollution free world oxidants are being produced constantly in our bodies.
Anti-oxidation Made Simple
Scientists agree that oxidized compounds wrinkle your skin, damage internal organs, damage DNA and contribute to the signs and symptoms of early aging. The natural way to resist oxidized damage is to provide your body with anti-oxidants – some of which you make, some you eat and drink, and others you may supplement. How do you know which antioxidant is best for you?
Please note: the essential function of an antioxidant is to supply electrons to electron-deficient free radicals so they no longer steal electrons from vital cells. Then how do you determine which antioxidant is the most effective?
The NORP Test Explained
You can measure an antioxidant’s potential to supply electrons dispersed into a liquid by using an ORP (Oxidation/Reduction Potential) meter.
The ORAC Test Explained
Another test, known as ORAC (which stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity), was developed to measure the antioxidants in foods, primarily polyphenols, which are present in brightly colored fruits and vegetables. This gold-standard for measuring antioxidant protection is based on the intensity of the color in the food which is related to its ability to quench a certain type of free radical.
Blueberries are notorious for exhibiting a high ORAC value. Antioxidants that have high ORAC values may not have high bioavailability, making the ORAC value no measure of how the antioxidant is used in the body. Furthermore, not all antioxidants have color. Some of the most effective antioxidants are white minerals, such as zinc and selenium. Therefore an ORAC test cannot be used to evaluate these antioxidants.
You’ll have guessed already that the anti-oxidant capacity of ionized water cannot be measured by the ORAC score.
Your Best Antioxidant:
The best antioxidant is the one that is most bio-available with the greatest electron donating capacity. For example, Ionized water offers you the easiest antioxidant ever in the form of pure drinking water with a reduced molecule cluster size. Not only does water require less digestion than foods or tablets, the reduced molecule cluster size alters the surface tension causing greater cellular permeability. Antioxidants are required everywhere in our body – not just in our bowel.
It would be useful if greater comparison of antioxidants could be achieved. There is no formula for conversion between NORP and ORAC. NORP is not a restrictive test like ORAC though, and anyone can purchase an NORP meter and begin testing anything they fancy in their own home.
What science has shown is that we benefit from a variety of antioxidants, so in any case don’t rely on a single source especially if the bio-availability is questionable.
Molecular Hydrogen has NORP ratings 7 to 10 times higher than some of the ‘hydrogen” producing water machines and generating methods that include pills, packets and alkalizing machines. The by-product of NORP ratings (the higher the negative value the better) is alkalinity. Hydrogen is a “selective” anti-oxidant so it will not destroy “good” oxidative processes such as SOD (Super Oxide Dismutase) where a high ORAC reading for a typical antioxidant will not have that selectivity. Our NORP tests consistently hit the -700’s which is unheard of in the traditional NORP marketplace. Clinically tested for hydrogen nano-bubbles and proven to work positively in a wide variety of human health challenges.