The Power of Acai!

The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of the Brazilian Açaí berry has taken the nutrition world by storm! The health benefits of Açaí are astounding, with twice the antioxidants of blueberries, the Brazilian Açaí berry is considered to have one of the best nutritional values of any fruit on earth! Additional benefits include ten times the antioxidant power of grapes, and four times the antioxidant protection of red raspberries!

The Açaí fruit tastes a bit like a fusion between a wild raspberry and a grape. The fruit possesses the symmetry of a grape and is roughly the size of a large blueberry. Most people have trouble putting their finger on the taste because it’s so different and wonderfully unique!

The Açaí palm is a tall slender South American palm, found mostly in Brazil, Guyana, and Suriname, and grown for its fruit as well as for the “cabbage” it produces, which is a cluster of new leaves also referred to as the “heart of palm”. The Acai plant is found in the equatorial region and predominantly grows in the 1.2 billion acre tropical rainforests of the Amazon jungle. This exclusive area of the world is home to the largest and most exotic collection of plant and animal species, many of which only grow there.

Açaí berries which form on the Amazon Palm have been highly coveted for hundreds of years by Brazilian natives, because of their natural ability to provide a sense of strength and energy, while also delivering an especially high nutritional content. These berries also posses a unique ratio of essential fatty acids, and omega oils 3, 6, & 9, which resembles the same combination of olive oil.

The Açaí berry is considered to have possibly the best nutritional value of any fruit on earth, and it is currently thought to be among the elite group of top antioxidant foods available to the public at this time. One of the reasons for this is because of the many valuable Phytosterols that are contained in Açaí berries. Phytosterols are compounds of plant cell membranes capable of providing numerous benefits to the Human body, one of the most important being the reduction of blood plasma cholesterol. The Açaí berry is also a prime source of a particular antioxidant called Anthocyanins which is a class of Flavonoids. Acai Anthocyanins yield a higher composition of antioxidants or what is also called the ORAC value, higher, in fact, than any other edible berry on the planet. Anthocyanins have the ability to neutralize free radicals, and also prevent oxidation of the cells. This makes them very useful in the fight against arteriosclerosis, which is common problem in the human body’s large and small blood-vessels.

A recent study conducted by the University of Florida , stated that extracts from Açaí berries produced “a self-destruct response in up to 86 percent of leukemia cells tested.” This study was an important step toward learning what people may gain from using beverages, dietary supplements or other products made with the berries, says Stephen Talcott, who is currently an assistant professor with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The whole article containing more information about the potential of Acai berries by Stephen Talcott was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

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