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Acai Berry Superfoods – Are Acai Berries Really That Healthy?

The Health Benefits of Acai Berries

Acai Berries on the Palm Tree"Acai Berries are superfoods!" We're hearing it everywhere now. But is it true? Are Acai Berries really that healthy? In time when every food seems to be artificial and medical companies stuff us with the newest cures for everything, some people try to find help using natural products to cure the various health problems.

Over time we forgot how powerful nature can be, after all we only duplicate its achievements in medicine. That is why a category of super foods has been invented, foods so packed with healthy nutrients that they can be called natural medicine or superfoods.

Probably the most wide spread family of superfoods are vegetables from 'Allium' family – vegetables like garlic, onions or leeks. This not very glamorous group of vegetables, contains flavonoids, which stimulate production of antioxidants in the liver, thus detoxifying your body.

Up until today  blueberries where one of the most famous superfoods. They have a high number of antioxidants (ORAC value), anthocyanins and phytochemicals, preventing aging, cancer and numerous brain diseases. Blueberries are the food of choice for many healthy people in Europe and the USA.

Recently, the spotlight has been taken off the Blueberries by a new berry, the Acai Berry.

Is the Acai Berry the #1 Superfood?

When acai berries where first introduced to the public eye, there were numerous talks about how healthy it is. However, publicity seemed to focus all of it's attention on the very high antioxidants level, leaving in the background wealth of other healthy details about this berry.

The first thing I want to mention about the Acai Berry, is the very high level of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are located mainly in peels of vegetables/fruits. They offer a very powerful protection against harmful free radicals, which develop as a result of exposure to radiation, the UV light, smoking, smog and various other metabolic processes.

Not only that, they also preserve delicate antioxidants within the fruit. While, you may have heard that red whine has a large number of anthocyanins, Acai has 10 to 30 times more, depending on the quality and ripeness of the berries. Acai berry is also very high on dietary fiber. 100 grams of Acai berries contain 45 grams of fiber.Acai Berries are rich in healthy unsaturated fats from omega family, which have been proven to help you with anything from your brain to preventing cancer. In Acai you will find mainly the most important omega-3 and omega-9 fatty acids.

Additionally, acai berries contain a lot of protein and amino acids. Acai has 19 different amino acids, which are crucial for growth, maintenance and repair of your body tissues. Our bodies can produce only 11 of these amino acids, so you have to supply the rest with your diet.

Acai also offers three different plant sterols: sigmasterol, campesterol and B-sitosterol. These three sterols are invaluable to health of your heart. This concludes the benefits of Acai Berries. Even if you don't believe in the weight loss hype of acai berries (acai berries are beneficial for weight loss due to stopping the carving for food), these berries are still the best choice of superfoods! With more than 100,000  (102,700 μ mol TE/100 gram),it is the world's antioxidant richest fruit known today!

Good News! Acai Berries on the Oprah Winfrey Show

Meanwhile we all have heard about the Acai Berry, the superfood and wonder food for weight loss. Acai Berries on the Oprah Winfrey ShowThe Acai berry was probably the first Superfood to be introduced to most of North America through the Oprah Winfrey Show and her millions of viewers by Dr. Nicolas Perricone. During an episode of Oprah's show, she asked Dr. Perricone to discuss his top ten superfoods. The number one superfood on his list was the Acai berry. The Acai berry comes from the Amazon in Brazil. Dr. Perricone first put forth the amazing properties of the Acai berry in his book The Perricone Promise, a book Oprah highly recommends. This was the first time many in North America have heard about Acai berries, a fruit that has meanwhile grown a reputation to be a wonderfood for weight loss. Acaí berries taste much like a blend of berries and chocolate. Acaí berries are full of amino acids, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids (that's the good fat). And that's in Acai berries:

  • An enormous concentration of antioxidants helping to combat premature aging. Acai contains 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes and 10 to 30 times the anthocyanins than red wine.
  • An excellent composition of mono-unsaturated fats, dietary fiber and phytosterols which helps to promote cardiovascular and digestive health.
  • An almost perfect essential amino acid complex in conjunction with valuable trace minerals, important for good muscle contraction and regeneration of muscles.

NB. Acai berries lose much of their nutritional benefits very quickly after they being picked, so for the best nutritional content, make sure you buy Acai berries that have been freeze dried as close to the natural source as possible. Studies have shown that freeze-dried Acai Berries have the highest level of antioxidants and nutrition, much higher than its juice or its equivalent amount in raw form.