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