Antioxidants are compounds that help protect body cells against free radical damage that leads to oxidation and subsequent cell damage that potentially accelerates the ageing process and aids diseases.

FRAP (Ferric Reducing Antioxidant Power Assay) is a simple rating system of the measurement of antioxidant activity in a honey. Antioxidant activity varies greatly between honeys, meaning not all honeys are the same when it comes to antioxidant properties. At present all food antioxidant activity is measured using tests which measure the antioxidant activity in different ways. FRAP test, makes it much easier for consumers to choose the antioxidant level which suits them.

FRAP assay measures the antioxidant activity in an efficient way. The result is presented in a simplified index system. The scale ranges from 0 – 1000 (ug/100g TE), with 1000 being the highest antioxidant activity.

Acacia honey ranges up to 80 whilst that of Manuka honey can be 300 and Jarrah honey around 600. The majority of Australian honeys are rated at 50 to 800, ​​more than 50 is considerable of high in antioxidants.

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Benefits of Antioxidants

·       Reducing premature aging

·       Protection from clouding of the lens of the eye

·       Protection from cardiovascular disease

·       Anti-inflammatory

·       Helps strengthen the immune system

·       Antioxidants help delay the aging process

·       Preventing sunburn

·       Repairs the skin itself

·       Lighten skin tone

·       Skin cancer prevention

Histogram identifying the Antioxidant Level (FRAP) of a global varieties of honey

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