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Maqui Berry - Acai Berry - Black Elderberry - Blackcurrents

and ORAC Values

ORAC means Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity.


All of these fruits are high in Anthocyanin which means dark pigment and are high antioxidant and excellent for building a strong Immune System.

Amongst many benefits they are also good for

Heart health and Fight Against Cancer

Anthocyanin consumption has been strongly linked to oxidative stress protection.

Anthocyanins have anticarcinogenic activities, although the exact mechanisms are unknown. Laboratory studies using a variety of cancer cells have indicated that anthocyanins:


4 similar fruits with high ORAC scores, and all are highly recommended.


Black Elderberry


Elderberry refers to several varieties of the Sambucus tree, which has clusters of white flowers and black or blue-black berries. The most common variety is Sambucus nigra, also known as European elderberry or black elderberry.

Black Elderberry is said to really stimulate the immune system.

Black Elderberry extract, provides strong immune system support. Black Elderberry extract can be taken as a syrup that conveniently arms you with some of the best protection nature has to offer.

People have used elderberry for its health benefits for hundreds of years. Elderberry contains antioxidants, and many believe it can relieve colds, fight the flu, and boost the immune system.


The ORAC value of Black Elderberry is 14,697.

ORAC means Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. 

Elderberry Wine - Elderberry is used as a healthy beverage.

Elderberry nutrition



Maqui Berry

Maqui Berry is believed to be the highest antioxidant ORAC value fruit at 27,600.


Maqui berry contains the highest level of antioxidants amongst all fruits.

ORAC score which is its anti-oxidant value is approximately 27,600 per 100mg compared to Acai's 16,700.




Acai Berry

Some sources list Acai as the highest ORAC value. 100 grams of frozen pulp has an ORAC of 15,405 slightly higher than Black Elderberry.

All these high ORAC and highly recommended berries contains anthocyanins which are a type of flavonoid, a class of compounds with antioxidant effects. 




Blackcurrents contain super rich levels of health-promoting micronutrients, even compared with other "superfood" berries. They are an exceptionally rich source of vitamin C, and natural phenolic compounds, notably anthocyanins.

Grape-based drinks like wine and juice are known to help decrease plaque buildup, but blackcurrant juice, as well as pomegranate juice, is far more potent. Blackcurrant is high in potassium and GLA, which can help lower your blood pressure too. The GLA - gmma linolenic acid - also helps cells in your heart resist damage and slows down platelet clumping in your blood vessels. In the UK backcurrents are popular in the form of the drink Ribena.

Blackcurrant powder is said to increase heart blood flow and decrease overall peripheral resistance. This suggests that blackcurrant may help you recover after exercise.

Blackcurrant leaves also have a range of properties, including:

ORAC value 7,957 μ mol.







Astaxanthin has an ORAC value of 2,822,200, making it 293x as potent as wild blueberries, a well known antioxidant-rich food.

It's antioxidant properties make it 6,000x more potent than vitamin C, and 550x more potent than vitamin E.


It is a dark red pigment found naturally in microalgae. Also in Krill oil. It is the most powerful antioxidant ever discovered with 6,000 times higher value than Vitamin C.




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