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Acai Berry A Power Packed Superfood

What Are The Main Health Benefits of Acai Berries?

Acai Berries Harvest in BrazilThe Acai Berry Euterpe Oleracea is for many reasons becoming one of the worlds most famous superfoods, , Dr. Nicholas Perricone pronounced it as, "one of the most nutritious and powerful foods in the world," on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Acai berries are a little dark purple berry growing on palm trees in the Amazon where superfoods and many amazing new herbs are discovered almost every day.

Berries and fruits are some of the most nutritious superfoods in the world and many of us have already heard of the research into the phytochemical compounds found in natures sweetest foods. The research into the amazing health benefits of blueberries, pomegranates, goji berries or wolfberries, how they are also called, cranberries, and other fruits is progressing on daily bases.

The native people of the Amazon speak highly of the Acai fruit and its phenomenal healing powers. These people have never known cancer or blindness or heart disease and most of them live to have a vital life and become over 100 year of age!

The Brazilian acai berry (spoken Ah-sci-ee) and the Amalaki fruit of India are considered to contain the best nutritional value of any other fruits on the planet. The health benefits are simply amazing. With the symmetry of a grape and the size of a giant blueberry, the Acai fruit tastes a bit like wild raspberry with a hint of chocolate.

The health benefits of Acai include a high amount of antioxidants, anti bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-mutagenic properties. Acai also is extremely beneficial for the cardiovascular system. Acai berry research finds that this little berry is loaded with essential fatty acids, such as Omega 6 and 9, which both help to reduce levels of cholesterol and boosting levels of good lipids in the blood. It also contains phytosterols, which are naturally occurring plant hormones which help to lower cholesterol, balance sex hormones, lower cardiovascular risk and reduce inflammation.

The Acai berry is also very rich in anthocyanins, which are antioxidant flavonoids and have some of the strongest physiological effects of any plant compounds. Acai provides protective and restorative effects on your eyes, blood vessels, connective tissue and your nervous system. Acai berries are high in all the antioxidants and are known as one of the highest, if not the highest antioxidant dense fruit in the world. Higher antioxidant values (ORAC value) are only found in spices like clover, cinnamon, turmeric and oregano.

Acai also contains enzymes such as coenzyme Q10. These help the body's digesting system, and helps transferring nutrients, thus helping chemical interactions in the body. The anti-mutagenic compounds in the berry strengthen the body's immune system to fight against cellular degeneration. Acai berries are known in the Amazon to strengthen and heal the whole body.

The Benefits of Acai Berries

  • Improves mental clarity and focus
  • Promotes sound sleep
  • Provides all vital vitamins
  • Boosting energy levels
  • Improving digestive function
  • Powerful free radical fighter
  • Contains high levels of fiber
  • Cleans and detoxifies
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Enhances sexual performance and stamina
  • Contains most important minerals
  • Protects against cancerous cells
  • Slows the aging process
  • Promotes healthy skin
  • Alleviates diabetes
  • Helps to maintain a healthy heart
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves circulation
  • Normalizes and regulates cholesterol levels
  • Prevents arterial plaque build-up
  • Enhances eye vision

Acai's High Levels of Glutathione – Master Antioxidant They are also high in glutathione, also found in high quality whey products glutathione is a Master antioxidant and one of the most important healing agents. Research into the protective effects of Glutathione have found that it can protect your body against the dangers of cancer, heart disease, premature aging, auto-immune disease, and chronic illness.

Did you know that without glutathione, other important antioxidants, such as vitamin C and E cannot do their jobs properly to protect the body against disease? (A. Sommersall, G. Bounous, 1999) Glutathoine is crucial for the detoxification of carcinogens, and keeping our levels of this master nutrient high could prevent cancer and increase longevity.

"No other antioxidant is as important to overall health as glutathione. It is the regulator and regenerator of immune cells and the most valuable detoxifying agent in the human body. Low levels are associated with hepatic dysfunction, immune dysfunction, cardiac disease, premature aging, and death." Stated Lorna Vanderhaeghe and P Bouic PhD, in the Immune System Cure.

By: Helen Eames

Helen Eames owns 'balancenoosa' an innovative business whose motto is, "wellness that comes to you" set in the heart of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, Qld. Australia. 'balancenoosa' specializes in bringing specialist in different disciplines to your premises, allowing you to book the session of your choice and wait in the comfort of your own home. Corporate Wellness Solutions are a specialty for the team at balancenoosa and a uniquely designed solution can be created for your organisation. http://balancenoosa.com.au/

The picture of the Acai berry harvest was taken by Lets.

Is Acai Really the Best Superfood?

What is a superfood?

Acai Berries Grow on Palm Trees in BrazilYou sure have heard about superfoods, and maybe even which foods are considered to be “super”. Today we’ll look into why these foods are considered super and which of them you should include in your daily diet.

A superfood is a food that has a very high phytonutrient content that many believe benefits a person’s health in a significant way. It’s believed that including a variety of superfoods in the daily diet can improve the immune system, ward off diseases like cancer, help the body age more smoothly and help the body fight fat.

Supefoods will usually contain a good mix of nutrients, including Vitamins A and C and other essentials like protein and fiber. The best superfoods are those that contain a healthy mix of these things so that the food can provide a solid helping of beneficial nutrients in one serving.

Some of the most famous superfoods include:

  • Blue-Green Algae
  • Green Tea
  • Goji Berries
  • Mangosteen
  • Oregano
  • Spinach
  • Acai Berries
  • Turmeric
  • Blueberries

As an example, blueberries contain fiber, antioxidants, Vitamin C and manganese but regardless of your knowledge about superfoods, you’ll want to include Acai Berries and Goji Berries into your superfood mix.

What is Acai and why is it a superfood?

Acai is a berry that’s found primarily in the rainforest regions of Brazil. It’s a dark blue berry that grows on palm trees in Brazil, the locals eat it fresh, or in smoothies. They also eat it with granola or yogurt and even make ice cream out of it. Depending on the region, the fruit might be used in sweet or salty confections, and new uses are being found for it each day.

The nutritional content of the acai berry is varied and beneficial. It is considered to be a superfood because it contains an essential mix of nutrients that a superfood must have. The acai fruit has an enormous high concentration of antioxidants (more than 100,000 ORAC * units per 100 gram), which is the highest concentration on antioxidants in an edible fruit known so far.  Acai Berries also contain a good amount of fiber, a small amount of fat and protein.

Acai Berries are a rather new addition to the long line of antioxidant rich health foods that are considered superfoods today. Currently, for those of us who don’t live in Brazil and don’t have easy access to the berry, there are many options. These include drinking a juice blend that contains acai (or acai berry that’s offered as is), freeze dried acai berries are by far the best choice as they contain the most of the antioxidants and the nutriton after they are packed.

Daily more superfoods are discovered and it is very likely that there will be soon more fruits and greens for us to add into our daily diet.

* ORAC = Oxygen radical absorbance capacity – The measurement for Antioxidants which kill Free Radicals in our system. Free Radicals are the main cause for our aging process.