Thursday, July 26, 2007

Acai Berries

I have just heard about the acai berries and had a chance to try some in ice cream form. It was good. I just did not realize all the benefits. Nor did I know very much about the berrry in general. Here is what I now know.

Acai is a Brazilian berry original from the Amazon Region that is considered to be one of nature's most complete and healthy foods. They are loaded with antioxidants, anthocyanins (approximately 20 times the amount in red wine), amino acids, essential omegas, fibers and protein. Some recent studies from the University of Florida indicate that Acai may even fight cancer cells.

Research has shown that it works as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, contains loads of anti-oxidants, and helps counter the affects of aging. The best thing about this fruit is the taste though. Some describe it as a combination of chocolate and raspberries but even that description fall short of the mark. The acai berrys taste is even more exotic, mysterious, and addictive.

39 Reasons to Drink Acai Juice Every Day

1. Helps build a strong body by providing protein
2. Cleanses and detoxifies the body
3. May improve muscle contractions and regeneration
4. Increases energy and stamina by supplying high amounts of B vitamins
(Anti-stress / water soluble vitamins) needed everyday for greater iron, manganese, potassium, chromium and vanadium absorption
5. Relieves stress
6. Improves sexual health
7. Aids body synergy
8. Serves as a potent anti-aging food

9. May help prevent prostrate enlargement

10. Helps prevent osteoporosis
11. Can reduce pain and inflammation during menstrual cycles

12. May help prevent causes of heart disease
13. Reduces bad cholesterol
14. Provides sterols which may lower blood pressure (BP)
15. Protects blood vessels
16. May help prevent diabetic related retinopathy and blindness by helping to protect against weak capillaries
17. Offers diabetes relief through its low glycemic index improving glucose and lipid levels
18. Curbs appetites through its low glycemic index helping with weight control

19. Improves resistance to disease
20. Improves function of immune cells
21. Prevents free-radical damage to the immune system
22. Is antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal
23. Acts as an antimutagenic by helping to prevent DNA damage and lowering the risks associated with carcinogens and mutagens

24. Improves digestion
25. May help overcome acid-reflux disease (GERD) through it’s ability to suppress acid, reduce acidosis and reflux, protect and repair against lower esophagus damage
26. Heals ulcers
27. Helps relieve symptoms of Crohn's disease

28. Improves skin tone
29. Defends against premature wrinkles

31. May thwart cancer by neutralizing free radicals before they can damage cells
32. Reduces arthritis pain through anti-inflammatory properties
33. Relieves symptoms of asthma
34. May reduce risk for Alzheimer's disease by naturally providing increased amounts of vitamins C and E (Archives of Neurology in 2004 and a study published in the April 24, 1997, issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, vitamin E can slow the advancement of Alzheimer’s disease by 25%)

35. Aids vision by providing high amounts of beta-carotene and vitamin C
36. Helps maintain healthy teeth and gums through its highly absorbable supply of calcium
37. Improves mental clarity associated with intakes of omega3, 6, 9 found in acai
38. Helps induce better sleep by supplying high amounts of B vitamins (anti-stress vitamins) needed everyday as they are not produced In the body.
39. Promotes overall wellness by providing the highest source of antioxidants available

The good thing about it is that you do not have to go all the way to the Amazon to get it. You can order it and enjoy it in the states. I plan to get some.

You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder.

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