Acai Berry Provides Powerful Natural Antioxidant Activity!
The Acai Berry is a reddish, purple fruit. It comes from the Acai Palm Tree (Euterpe oleracea), which is native to Central and South America. It is a relative of the blueberry, cranberry, and other dark purple fruits.
Research on the Acai Berry has focused on its extraordinary natural antioxidant activity, known to be valuable preventing diseases caused by oxidative stress, such as heart disease and cancer.
Why is the Acai Berry considered so healthy?
Acai Berry (pulp, puree) contains several beneficial natural nutritive substances called anthocyanins and flavonoids. Anthocyanins are responsible for the red, purple, and blue hues in many nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables and flowers. Foods that are richest in anthocyanins -- such as blueberries, red grapes, red wine, and acai -- are very strongly colored, ranging from deep purple to black and are known to contain high levels of antioxidant nutrients.
Anthocyanins and flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that help defend the body against life's stressors. They also play a role in the body's cell protection system against free radicals, harmful byproducts produced by the body.
Eating a diet rich in antioxidants may interfere with aging process and subsequent diseases by neutralizing free radicals. By reducing the destructive power of free radicals, antioxidants may help reduce the risk of some diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.
Some studies show that Acai Berry's fruit pulp has a very high natural antioxidant capacity... containing even more antioxidant levels than cranberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry or blueberry.
Can Acai Berries boost weight loss?
Scientists are learning more about the functional power of superfoods, such as the Acai Berry and the benefit of acai in promoting weight loss. Acai Berry contains the most powerful and effective naturally-occurring ingredients for internal cleansing and boosting metabolic function to help manage weight-control. A vast amount of research supports eating a diet rich in antioxidants to build a strong immune system and live a toxic-free lifestyle. There's no doubt that berries and other fruits are a key part of any healthy diet promoting weight loss.
The nutrients in Acai Berry support the optimum functioning of bodily systems and healthy organs, including...
• Increases energy, libido and stamina
• Helps promote healthy, glowing skin and hair
• Helps support healthy sleep
• Supports immune system function
• Acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory
• Helps reduce pain and soreness
• Helps rejuvenate your body and helps sharpen mental alertness
How does Acai Berry contribute to assist with these common health concerns?
Gram for gram, Acai Berry is one of the nutrient-rich foods available. There are many valuable nutrients in the Acai Berry and the exceptionally high levels of antioxidants
(with high ORAC units) are the major reason for the health benefits of Acai Berry.
ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) units, is a unit of measurement for antioxidants developed by the National Institute on Aging in the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has initiated studies to examine the link between antioxidant rich foods, aging and disease.
Here are some direct quotes from the USDA website:
"Studies at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston suggest that consuming fruits and vegetables with a high-ORAC value may help slow the aging process in both body and brain."
The lead researcher for the USDA study went on to suggest that "the ORAC measure may help define the dietary conditions needed to prevent tissue damage."
"Science has long held that damage by oxygen free radicals is behind many of the maladies that come with aging, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. There's firm evidence that a high intake of fruits and vegetables reduces risk of cancer and that a low intake raises risk. And recent evidence suggests that diminished brain function associated with aging and disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases may be due to increased vulnerability to free radicals.
The Nutritional Profile of Acai Berry...
One of the most perfect fruits in the world, the ultra rich Antioxidant and Anthocyanins levels make Acai is one of the highest antioxidant fruits in the world. In fact, Acai has 10 times the antioxidant level of grapes and twice that of blueberries. Acai has 10 to 30 times the Anthocyanins of red wiine.
The ORAC score for 100 grams of freeze dried Acai powder is over 50,000. An incredibly impressive number when you consider most of the population consumes less than 1,000 ORAC units a day.
Natural Source of Omega 3, Omega 6 & Omega 9 Healthy, Unsaturated Fats...
The Acai Berry is very rich in healthy unsaturated fats. Nearly 50% of the Acai Berry is Omega-rich fat - with 74% of the fat coming from beneficial unsaturated fats such as Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9.
Good Source of Beneficial Amino Acids and Protein...
19 different amino acids have been identified in Acai. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and Acai provides over 8 grams of protein per 100 gram serving of the natural pulp. It's an ideal source of high quality protein for vegetarians and people who want to boost their intake of amino acids from non-animal food sources.
Excellent Source of Heart-Healthy Plant Sterols...
Beneficial plant sterols (phytosterols) have been identified in Acai including B-sitosterol, campesterol and sigmasterol. Phytosterols have been shown to have numerous health benefits for maintaining healthy heart and digestive function.
Good Source of Vitamins and Minerals...
Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E are all present in Acai. In fact, Acai contain as much Vitamin C as blueberries and is a particularly valuable source of Vitamin A. In addition, Acai also provides essential minerals including Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Copper and Zinc.
Good Source of Fiber...
For a fruit, Acai has a strong fiber profile. There are about 14 grams of beneficial fiber in every 100 grams of freeze dried Acai Berry powder.
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