In 2005, Oprah Winfrey named Acai the #1 super food
So why is the Acai berry healthy? Very simply, It's one of the highest antioxidant fruits in the world. It has twice the antioxidant levels of blueberries and 10 times more than grapes, and 10 to 30 times the Anthocyanins of red wine.
The Acai berry is very high in healthy Omega fats. Almost 1/3 of the berry is fat, with about 3/4 of the fat coming from healthy unsaturated fats like Omega-3, Omega 6 and Omega 9. It is also a healthy source of fiber. There are about 44 grams of fiber per 100 grams. The recommended daily dietary serving of fiber for an adult is 30 grams, and if this isn't enough, there is more!
The nutrients in an Acai berry can be beneficial for your body in many ways:
*Helps maintain healthy functions of your body systems and organs.
* It can increase energy, libido and stamina.
* Can be a healthy support to your immune system.
* Helps to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.
* Acts to promote healthy, glowing skin and hair.
* Works as a powerful anti-inflammatory.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has initiated studies to look at the links between antioxidant-rich food and aging. There is firm evidence that consuming fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of cancer and low intakes may raise the chance of cancer.
You can read more about the
guidelines on their website. Clearly now, science is looking at the nutritional and new scientific data supporting the idea that what we eat can either benefit our body, or destroy our body. By adding
to our diet, we may experience a healthier life.
The Acai berry "walks on water"
Science and medicine are only now just beginning to look at natural substances and how they affect the body. Natural medicine has been around for thousands of years and has generally been ignored by modern medicine.
Only now has science and medicine begun to revisit the potentials of natural medicine.
While many websites would lead you to believe that Acai berries will cure all of your ailments, this is not true! The fact is, you own your health. Better choices in the nutritional value of the foods you eat, will result in a healthy, energetic and younger feeling body!
However, adding it to your diet would be a healthy step forward to feeling like you're "walking on water." Actually, I more enjoy swimming in water rather than trying to walk on it.
OK, I'll add the Acai berry to my shopping list
Acai berries should be very simple to add to your shopping list, if you live in the middle of the Amazon rain forest or if you own your own jet and can have it flown in daily. Then you can have fresh berries for breakfast every morning.
However they are very perishable and will spoil in about 24 hours after being picked.
Well, if this is such a super food, and it's in the middle of a rain forest and the only way I can get it is to go to Brazil, how does that benefit me?
You don't need to worry. Science has prevailed. Pulp from Brazil can be frozen and shipped to the US. A number of manufacturers are importing the dehydrated powder, which still maintains all the nutritional properties. There are even a number of juice bars selling it in smoothies, but getting optimum doses can get rather expensive.
One manufacturer has combined Acai with 16 other powerful ingredients in a gel packet. You can read more about gel nutrition here or at What's New on the web site.
What is the nutritional makeup of Acai berry?
If you were to compare the seismic charts of an earthquake to the ORAC charts of nutrition, the Acai would be off the charts. So what does this small 3/4" diameter berry have in the way of nutritional value packed inside itself?
It is an excellent source of plant sterols. Plants sterols have shown to have a number of health benefits for maintaining a healthy heart and digestive system.
But we're still not done. It's also a great source for vitamins and minerals. Actually, it contains as much vitamin C as blueberries. In addition, there are vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and E in addition to potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc and copper.
Now you're probably asking yourself, even though the Acai berry has been called nature's energy fruit and the number one super food, what's the catch? It must taste really bad!
Well, it actually tastes like a blend of berries and chocolate.
Just a final note about how powerful this fruit is. ORAC which stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, measures the ability of just about any substance to subdue oxygen free radicals in a laboratory test tube.
This test can measure the antioxidant activity of any substance and give it a number. The higher the number is, the stronger the antioxidant properties in the substance.
Now, what does this mean to me? Well, the USDA recommends that we consume 3,000 to 5,000 ORAC units on a daily basis. Actually, most of the population in the US is probably consuming less than 1,000 ORAC units per day.
The USDA recommended "5 a day" consumption of fruits and vegetables servings will add up to about a score of 1,750 units on the ORAC chart.
To cite a couple of examples based on 100 grams, an Apple a Day scores a 218, bananas came in at 221, and blueberries topped them at 2,400. But that amazing little Brazilian berry topped the charts at 5,500.
Now you can understand why scientists and medical researchers are so excited about the possibilities of the Acai berry. They've only now just started to uncover all the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that are contained in this small 3/4" berry.
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