Foods high in antioxidants/ORAC value list? My way to recovery

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Sumac bran is the number 1 ORAC food. I bought sumac bran extract, I think it was 50:1 strength from a website. Have forgotten to take it regularly.
I have never tried it, what was your experience with it and for how long did you take it? In my experience I really had to take those herbs and spices for a couple of weeks and months to feel the difference.

After a quick search, Sumac is almost off the charts on the ORAC value list. And what a surprise, it is also has very high antimicrobial effects against pathogentic bacteria. :)

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0956713506000478
 
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I only took it one day. This is where I bought it https://www.biotanicahealth.com/products/sumac-bran-extract
I will start taking some each day from now on.
I thought it was an uncommon herb but I was in a fruit shop the other day, and they had regular sumac bran for sale, and it was cheap too so it is actually common.
Part of the ORAC value for it may come from vitamin E which would be good if so.
Please report back about your experiences, I would be really curious about it. According to Wiki it has shown to be effective against hypertension, but its antimicrobial properties are probably helpful for the microbiome in general.
 
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I only took it one day. This is where I bought it https://www.biotanicahealth.com/products/sumac-bran-extract
I will start taking some each day from now on.
I thought it was an uncommon herb but I was in a fruit shop the other day, and they had regular sumac bran for sale, and it was cheap too so it is actually common.
Part of the ORAC value for it may come from vitamin E which would be good if so.
Please report back about your experiences, I would be really curious about it. According to Wiki it has shown to be effective against hypertension, but its antimicrobial properties are probably helpful for the microbiome in general.
 
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Korean Ginseng is rich in antioxidants & has personally helped recover. However, it might not be everyone, because it can be overstimulating.

Another one I could suggest is Cordyceps Sinensis. Used it last year for 3 months, really felt an improvement in my energy. Just talking the time off the cycle so that don't get used to it.

Hope this helps.
 
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Please report back about your experiences, I would be really curious about it. According to Wiki it has shown to be effective against hypertension, but its antimicrobial properties are probably helpful for the microbiome in general.
I took it on, and off over the past few weeks. I think i noticed increased relaxation after taking it. Will finish off the packet for sure. Another really good herb is rhodiola. Has lots of studies for fatigue, anxiety, depression, energy, and other mood problems. I would recommend that. And the ginsengs- including maca are well studied for brain problems, and energy, and shown effective.
 

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I tried rhodiola, since a neighbour was growing it. It made my ME symptoms much worse. I consider it nasty stuff.
 

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Astaxanthin is 1mg/g in prawns. Also high in Salmon, and Lobster. It is the pigment that gives them their red color.
Exactly, it was having a dinner of shrimp and rice then the next morning feeling much better than usual that made me look into why.
That turned into a deep hole of mitochondrial damage and disease connections, reactive oxygen species and the role of antioxidants lol.
 
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Microbiome dysbiosis is such a big influence on our health, it should be part of family doctor and primary care physicians routine checkup. Sadly, most doctors are either not aware or not comfortable due to lack of knowledge or training to run most of the crucial tests for it. These would include comprehensive stool and nutrient, urine metabolite types of tests.

It can cause nutrient deficiencies, food sensitivities, auto immune reactions, to name a few, with a subsequently large list of potential symptoms. For some reason the link is often missed by doctors, but also sufferers. Good bacteria help with breaking down lactose, gluten, phytates and help produce certain B vitamins. Overgrowth in the wrong places can create a biofilm that hinders absorption of nutrients from food, not to mention some nutrients are used as food for the bacteria instead of our needs.

An antibiotics cure is like unleashing an atom bomb in the microbiome that does not discern between good and bad bacteria. Of course this is necessary on occassion, but we have to be a bit careful with its use. It will also require a little extra help immediately in re-populating good bacteria through pre- and pro-biotic food and high quality supplements.

Many people do not realize the slow, stealthy impact of tap water (and ice cubes) on our microbiome with added chlorine and chloramines (ammonia + chlorine) in some countries. Add to that the excessive sugar (often hidden in different marketing names) in food and drinks, antibiotics (certain herbicides are also antimicrobial) in food and animal feed and it can easily cause issues.

It does require discipline and desire in stemming the insults that we have control over, awareness of food and water quality intake. Just an example, but in my immediate surroundings there are quite a few people that will complain of heartburn, acid reflux, bloating, mindfog etc., and just take antacids or PPIs to help with symptoms, but still continue insulting their body with bad food and drinks.

A reset or elimination diet as Monty79 mentioned is very important to start. Addressing SIBO, candida or any other pathogen is important. Fixing nutrient deficiencies is also key. Rebuilding the microbiome and intestinal mucosa will bring so many improvements, but initially might be tough to do.

Really glad to read about the improvements made by Monty79!!
 
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@BeADocToGoTo1 it's not quite as simple as eat healthier and your health will improve. I've varied my diet greatly over the years, with periods of very health foods and very unhealthy foods. I didn't notice any difference (except in enjoyment of meals).

The microbiome can have a major effect. I had type IV food sensitivity for 2.5 years, but a bout of typical food poisoning seemed to have cured that; I assume it got rid of a bad species that antibiotics wasn't able to. I just haven't noticed any differences from diet.
 
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@BeADocToGoTo1 it's not quite as simple as eat healthier and your health will improve. I've varied my diet greatly over the years, with periods of very health foods and very unhealthy foods. I didn't notice any difference (except in enjoyment of meals).

The microbiome can have a major effect. I had type IV food sensitivity for 2.5 years, but a bout of typical food poisoning seemed to have cured that; I assume it got rid of a bad species that antibiotics wasn't able to. I just haven't noticed any differences from diet.
Hi Wishful,

Agreed, it never is that simple and everyone's experience and requirements will be different. My underlying issue was exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) where I was not breaking down food properly, which was a big cause of my microbiome dysbiosis amongst many other things. But even after fixing diet and taking pancreatic enzymes (PERT) it was still not enough. It took a good 2-3 months of a number of actions I had to take to help the microbiome rebalancing, including (ironically) 2 different types of antibiotics, antifungals, a host of supplements, something to break down the biofilm, probiotics, prebiotics, and a strict temporary diet. But tasty and healthy are not mutually exclusive and food is one of the few elements we have complete control over.