The main antioxidants that were found to be consumed daily in the Blue Zones were dark fruits and berries, yellow and red vegetables, cocoa, red wine, green tea or coffee. The successful centenarians consumed multiple forms of antioxidants varying according to seasons, and the amount they consumed is drastically more higher than the average. The USDA recommends about 3000 to 5000 ORAC units a day. Yet, based on current studies, we believe that the optimal total daily intake of ORAC points to reach the age of 100 is 20,000 to 25,000 per day. This is a considerable difference, so in order to reach this amount, one will have to purpose to do so.
It can be rather difficult to consume so large an amount of antioxidants every day, but an easy way is to "drink" them. In all of the Blue Zones, they had some form of high antioxidant drink, such as red wine, coffee, green tea, tea, and rice wine. Of course, these were homemade and mostly home-grown with no chemicals. We can similarly drink our antioxidants and add to this list, kombucha, herbal teas, and various other health drinks that are available.
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Amy Willis, Your Local Herbalist