Growing antioxidants in your backyard

Southern California caters well to citrus plants, making it so you can have some variation of citrus fruit year-round. Valley News/Adobe Stock photo
Roger Boddaert Special to the Valley News Most fruits and vegetables provide some source of antioxidant value and can grow successfully in your garden. One common trait in most high-antioxidant fruit is dark fruit, with a bright interior and exterior pigment color. Black-, red-, purple- and orange-colored fruits generally have the most significant values of antioxidants. Most fruit antioxidants are calculated using the ORAC scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity). The recommended daily intake of antioxidants is between 3000 to 6000 ORAC units found in a three to four-ounce serving of each fruit daily. The following is a list with information on fruits containing some of the highest antioxidant ORAC values to consider for your overall health. Avocado – 800 ORAC – Avocado trees
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