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The acai berry (pronounced “AH-SIGH-EE”) grows at the top of palm trees found in the rich fertile soil in the rain forests of Brazil.
For centuries the people of the Amazon have eaten this amazing little berry for it health promoting properties and considered it a source of health and vitality.
Research of this amazing little berry revealed remarkable health benefits because of its unparalleled antioxidant levels and it's extraordinary nutrient content. The acai fruit is loaded with vital nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, glyconutrients, amino acids, omega-3 fats, fiber.
It has a low glycemic index and extremely high phytonutrient levels. Dr. Alexander Schauss spent years researching this amazing berry and he recorded all his findings in a great book called: Acai: An Extraordinary Antioxidant Rich Palm Fruit From the Amazon.
Since arriving in North America, health experts haven taken notice. In the last few years, it's been featured on the Oprah Winfrey show and praised by Dr. Nicholas Perricone, Dr. Oz.
Dr. Nicholas Perricone, says the Acai berry is regarded as one of the world’s TOP SUPERFOODS. It's now being added to a variety of food products in retail stores across the country.
One of the most popular ways to get your acai berries is in a juice. Actually in a juice blend, because it's usually mixed with other super fruits. There are many types and brands on the market. Try a couple and find one you like.
They can be found in the health food store or through an independent distributor. With most of them you only need a few ounces a day because they are so concentrated.
They say the ORAC (oxygen radical absorption capacity) score, in just a few ounces of these juice blends provides superior antioxidant protection. The ORAC score is a scientific way of understanding how well an antioxidant helps your body fight against free radicals.
Many people report having a lot more energy, better sleep and a general feeling of better health. Getting more fresh fruits in our diet can benefit heart health as well as boosting the immune system. Getting 5-9 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables per day in a drink is certainly a healthy choice. Especially if you don't like or can't get enough fruits and veggies.
The research is abundant on the health benefits of antioxidants and how they help the body to combat the ever increasing barrage of free radicals in the body. They are also considered an anti-aging super fruit too. Rampant and unchecked free radical damage to the body results in inflammation.
Experts now believe that inflammation may contribute to cancer, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's, migraines, fibromyalgia, periodontal disease, thyroiditis, bowel disease, dementia, chronic fatigue syndrome and metabolic syndrome.
Years ago I was placed on a statin drug to reduce my cholesterol. I started drinking a couple of ounces of acai in juice form daily. At my next check up, my doctor took me off of my statin drugs because my cholesterol had dropped to a normal level. According to this study, it was also found to be effective in reducing both cholesterol and fasting glucose and insulin levels.
The moral of the story.... make sure you're feeding your body with super foods and antioxidant rich foods for good health.
If you are interested in learning more about the amazing health benefits of this little berry, I would recommend this book. There are lots of books on Super Fruits that will have some information on the acai berry.
But I think this is the most comprehensive book that I have read on the benefits of this amazing anti-aging fruit. Just click the image to the right to check it out!