So we’ll just come right out and say it…Here at Ounces Of Prevention we love beets, and we hold cloves in very high regard! If you have a strong aversion to either of these superfoods, you can surf on to the next post because there’s no avoiding the flagrant beet-ness and clovey goodness of this gorgeous hot beverage.
The main point of drinking such a beverage is not it’s taste but what it will do for you. Essentially, for health and longevity, we need antioxidants and lots of them, to thwart free radical damage to the cells of our body.
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What are free radicals anyway?
Back to school for just a moment: The atoms within our cells molecules are always seeking stability by maintaining a full set of electrons. However, when weak bonds split, some molecules are left with an odd unpaired electron, otherwise known as “free radicals”.
The free radical then goes around trying to capture a needed electron to regain stability. Free radicals will generally attack the nearest stable molecule, “stealing” its electron. When “attacked” that molecule loses its electron, and it becomes a free radical itself, beginning a chain reaction. Once the process is started, it cascades, resulting in the disruption of a living cell.
Free radicals are ‘bad guys’ which damage cells in our body, ultimately causing premature aging, oxidation – hardening of arteries, cell mutation and disease processes.
Free radicals arise normally during the body’s metabolic processes, but unfortunately, environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke, toxic chemicals and herbicides also spawn free radicals. Normally, the body can handle some free radicals, but if antioxidants are unavailable, or if the free-radical production becomes excessive, damage can occur. It is well understood that free radical damage accumulates with age.
How do Antioxidants help?
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, ending the “electron-stealing chain reaction” by donating one of their own electrons.
Antioxidants themselves remain stable as they act as “free radical scavengers” – preventing cell and tissue damage that can lead to cellular damage and disease.
Some antioxidants, like Vitamin C, for example, are water soluble, and some, like Vitamin E, are fat soluble. We need both…
Essential oils are both…Chiefly fat soluble, and partly water soluble, the impressively tiny molecules of 100.00 % pure therapeutic grade essential oils absorp and penetrate through the layers of the skin and the lymph glands and capillaries carry them to the bloodstream.
Incredible Antioxidant Potential of CLOVE Essential Oil
You will see ORAC ratings listed for each single essential oil in the Essential Oils Desk Reference, Sixth Edition but what does it mean? Did you know that many of the Young Living’s Therapeutic Grade essential oils have some of the highest ORAC scores of all the essential oils?
ORAC stands for “Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity” – meaning the capacity of a plant substance to ABSORB free radicals (bad guys) which damage cells in our body.
Essential oils have the highest ORAC scores of any known substances…this equals HUGE free radical scavenging activity!
Each essential oil (properly grown, harvested, and distilled by Young Living) undergoes a lab test which quantifies its total antioxidant capacity, measured as ‘trolox equivalents’ (or uTE/100g) using the antioxidant trolox (i.e. vitamin E) as a standard. (Vitamin E is used as the standard because it is most abundant fat-soluble antioxidant in the body, and one of the most efficient chain-breaking antioxidants available. It has been the primary known defender against oxidation and primary defender against lipid peroxidation).
ORAC scores of some YLTG Essential Oils:
The higher the score, the greater the oil’s capacity to absorb and neutralize free radicals…
PATCHOULI = 49,400*
VETIVER = 74,300*
BLACK PEPPER = 79,700*
LAURUS NOBILIS (Bay Laurel) = 98,900*
GINGER = 99,300*
NUTMEG = 158,100*
ROSE (Rosa damascene) essential oil = 160,400*
FENNEL = 238,400*
CORIANDER = 298,300*
LAVENDER EO has an ORAC score of 360 uTE/100g*
MYRRH has an ORAC score of 379,800*
LEMON EO = 660 uTE/100g*
CLOVE = HAS AN ORAC SCORE OF 1,078,700* ~ WOW !!!!!
We benefit from the free radical scavenging activity of pure essential oils simply by inhaling or diffusing them, and certainly applying them topically, as their infinitesimally small molecules permeate our bloodstream via the lungs when inhaled, and flood our entire cellular matrix with free-radical scavenging molecules. When we add a GRAS essential oil (designated ‘Generally Regarded As Safe’ – by the American Food and Drug Administration) to a beverage and consume it we also benefit greatly.
What’s In A Beet or a Berry?
On a nutrition note, and by comparison, the ORAC scores of some HEALTHY antioxidant-rich FOODS (certain berries, fruits, & vegetables) are not nearly as high as pure essential oils, but are still notable, including our humble and beloved beet, and at the top of it’s class, the incredible NingXia Wolfberry.
Carrots ORAC score 210
Oranges ORAC score 750
Beets ORAC score 840
Raspberries ORAC score 1,220
Strawberries ORAC score 1,540
Blueberries ORAC score 2,400
Kale ORAC score 1,770
Chinese Wolfberries ORAC score 30,300 ~ WOW !!!!!
NOTE: Chinese (NingXia) Wolfberries are one of earth’s most powerful antioxidant fruits! If you have NingXia Red juice on hand you may also wish to add an ounce to the following recipe:
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References: Essential Oils Desk Reference, Sixth Edition. © 2014, Life Science Publishing. The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness, Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele. ©2014. Robert Rose Inc., School of Nature’s Remedies – Core Vigor and Vitality © 2012 Life Science Publishing., Experience The World of Essential Oils Version 2.0, Young Living Essential Oils., The Research Pedia – Reliable Insights, theresearchpedia.com., Health Check Systems, healthchecksystems.com.
IMPORTANT: THE INFORMATION WITHIN THIS DOCUMENT WAS OBTAINED FROM REPUTABLE RESOURCES (REFERENCED), LECTURES, AND BIOCHEMISTRY EDUCATION WHICH THE AUTHOR HAS RECEIVED OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PRESCRIBE OR RECOMMEND A PARTICULAR TREATMENT OR PROTOCOL, BUT RATHER, TO EMPOWER THE READER WITH KNOWLEDGE THAT MIGHT HELP THEM TO HELP THEMSELVES TO BETTER HEALTH NATURALLY.