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ACAI BERRIES for Anti-Aging and Cardio Health

A Potent Source of Antioxidants and Omega Fatty Acids

Photo - from left to right - of Mangosteen fruit and Himalayan Goji Berries and Brazilian Acai Berries.

The Acai berry, or Acai Fruit (pronounced ah-SIGH-ee) grows on majestic palm trees (L. Euterpe oleracea) in the flood plains of the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil and looks like purple grapes strung on slim stems hanging down from the top of the tree. The berry is about the size of a blueberry. The Euterpe oleracea palm tree can grow to a height of 65 feet in tropical regions. The locals often eat the young leaf buds like cabbage, which gives the tree another name - "cabbage palm". This tree is also the source of "hearts of palm", an exotic vegetable exported from Brazil.

The Acai berries are picked daily in the wild, and dried within 24 hours of harvest. The Acai berry is 10% fruit pulp and 90% inedible nut, so the pulp must be carefully separated from the nut, which yields a thick Acai fruit pulp product.

Acai fruit has a delicious tropical berry flavor and provides exceptional nutrition. Some say the Acai berry tastes like a blueberry with a chocolate flavoring. The people living in the Amazon region in Northern Brazil have consumed Acai berries for hundreds of years, and its healing and sustaining powers are legendary.

Because the Acai fruit is perishable, it was not until modern freezing techniques made long-distance transport possible in the 1990s that scientific research into this remarkable berry could begin in the USA and other countries outside Brazil. Now this "undiscovered" Brazilian Acai berry has become a media celebrity!

Acai berries were recently featured on MSNBC News and on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where they were endorsed by Oprah. The Acai berry is reported to be the No. 1 superfood in the world.

In the Amazon region the Acai berry was traditionally used as an energy booster for hunting and improving libido.

Often called "the miracle fruit", Acai berries also help reduce the risk of cancer, due to their antioxidant properties which are five times more potent than Gingko biloba, a commonly-used herbal therapy product.

The nutritional value of Brazilian Acai berries includes: high levels of Antioxidants, Omega Fatty Acids (healthy fats), Iron, Amino Acids, fiber, and many other vitamins and minerals.

Medicinal Properties and Health Benefits of Acai Berries (Euterpe oleracea)

The Brazilian Acai berry is known to have the following properties:

Antioxidant, Antibacterial, Anti-Cancer, Antimutagenic, Anti-inflammatory, Strengthens Cardiovascular System.

Acai berries contain very high amounts of essential fatty acids and omegas (Linoleic Acid and Oleic Acid), proven to lower LDL and maintain HDL cholesterol levels. They also contain a remarkable concentration of antioxidants to help combat premature aging. The Acai berry is a dense source of a particular class of flavonoids called anthocyanins (red-blue phenols with powerful antioxidant properties).

The primary anthocyanin in Acai berries is cyanidin-3 glucoside, which has been found to be 3.5 times stronger than both Trolox, a Vitamin E analogue, and the predominant anthocyanin found in red wine, malvadin-3 glucoside. Anthocyanins have been found to demonstrate many potential therapeutic effects, including treatment of diabetic retinopathy (the blindness which often afflicts persons with diabetes) and fibrocystic disease of the human breast.

The ORAC value (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) of Acai berries is higher than any other edible berry in the world!

References and Research:

Brazilian berry destroys cancer cells in lab, UF study shows
University of Florida News, Thursday, January 12, 2006.
"Published today in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the study showed extracts from acai (ah-SAH’-ee) berries triggered a self-destruct response in up to 86 percent of leukemia cells tested, said Stephen Talcott, an assistant professor with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences."

International Journal of Food Science Nutrition. 2005 Feb; 56(1):53-64. Total oxidant scavenging capacities of Euterpe oleracea Mart. (Acai) fruits. Lichtenthaler R, Rodrigues RB, Maia JG, Papagiannopoulos M, Fabricius H, Marx F.

Best Sources of Acai Berries (Euterpe oleracea)

Several functional health drinks and juice products sold on the Internet contain Acai berries or a concentrated extract of the Acai berry fruit:

A new kind of delicious healthy chocolate contains unroasted organic cocoa beans and acai berries. Most people are unaware that raw cacao beans have an even higher ORAC score than all the superfruits, including wolfberries and acai berries. ORAC is a standard measure of the antioxidant properties per gram of a food substance. This chocolate manufacturer is the only one confident enough to have its chocolate products tested by a famous independent U.S. laboratory and then print the actual ORAC score results on the label of each product!

Photo - from left to right - of Mangosteen fruit and Goji Berries and Acai Berries.

This page is ©2006-2014 by Michael Star and others. E&OE.

The content of this page is provided for educational purposes only, and should not be considered as medical advice. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not review or test products classed as a "food supplement". The following statement is required by the U.S. FDA:
"This product line has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product line is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease."

* NOTE: MonaVie™, Fruta Vida™, Xango™, Vemma™, Himalayan Goji™ Juice are registered trademarks of the respective owners of these products.

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