Antioxidant Levels in Berries

Data compiled by the University of Alaska Fairbanks shows the great nutritional values our wild and specialty berries provide for your health. Research has proven antioxidants to be very important to our health. Thousands of natural chemicals make up antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E and beta carotene. Research has proved that antioxidants play an important role in helping people with health problems such as heart disease, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cancer, diabetes and aging to name a few. With all the manufactured product out there it’s great to know there is a natural way to help control health problems and aging. WILD BERRIES! The ORAC (oxygen radical absorptance capacity) score has become the best method of comparing foods for their antioxidant levels. For commercially cultivated fruit blueberries top the chart, however for our wild and specialty berries levels are significantly greater. The higher the ORAC score the better. Cultivated blueberries score in with a 24. Blueberries have been promoted as one of the healthiest foods to eat. This may be true for cultivated foods but blueberries don’t actually compare well at all to wild foods.Below is a list of some berries and how they compare on the ORAC charts.

Wild Lingonberries- 203

Wild Huckleberries- 111

Pomegranate 105

Black Raspberries- 77

Wild Blueberries- 61

Black Currants- 56

Cultivated Blueberry 24

Red Currants- 23