Eating vegetables raises your ORAC

This site prevously listed the oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) in various foods.

Now, a study of 43 healthy siblings of children treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) reveals that ORAC in the healthy siblings can be predicted by their intake of vegetables and beta-carotene.

The importance of antioxidant supplementation is controversial. However, earlier work by this same group of researchers showed that ORAC was inversely associated with treatment-related toxicity in children with ALL.

These latest results in healthy children suggest that oxidative capacity might be increased by increasing the intake of vegetable servings.

7/9/06 20:31 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.