The Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity unit, (ORAC value) was developed by scientists at the National Institutes of Health. ORAC is a method of measuring the antioxidant capacity of different foods and supplements. Foods that are higher on the ORAC scale will more effectively neutralize free radicals than the lower scoring foods. According to the free-radical theory of aging, antioxidants slow the oxidative processes and free radical damage that can contribute to age-related degeneration and disease. Of course, the all-knowing FDA (Fatal Drugs Allowed) and the European Food Safety Authority don’t allow food product labels to claim or even imply an antioxidant benefit.