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Acai Berry Benefits

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Wondering about the hype of acai berry benefits too?

I was introduced to a company that sells acai berry juice a few years ago, and they spoke of this new berry (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) like it was a Greek God!

With powerful research indicating that this purple berry has very high amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, it has fast become one of the most touted 'super-foods' in the health and wellness industry.

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Because of this, more and more research is being done on all of the various acai berry benefits such as:

  1. Weight Loss
    • the acai berry's combination of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants will naturally assist in regulating the body's metabolism, detoxification processes and digestion of food.
    • Although further research is needed to qualify just how this happens, many anecdotal reports prove positive in the weight loss category.
    • In addition, acai berries are known to have a low sugar content, making it particularly suited to diabetics.

  2. Improved Digestion
    • The acai berry is very high in fiber (up to 40% fiber), as well as highly packed with vitamins and minerals to support healthy digestion as well as natural bowel cleansing.

  3. Increases Energy
    • Research has yet to discern how the acai berry benefits increased levels of energy, yet this is one common report in individuals consuming acai. In my opinion, it would be related to the boost in nutrients and antioxidants that naturally cleanse your body of harsh and heavy toxins.

  4. Improved Sleep
    • Acai contains essential fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals which helps to regulate brain function and neurotransmitters that directly effects the quality of one's sleep.

  5. Immune Enhancing including Anti-Cancer responses
    • The University of Florida has shown promising results in demonstrating that acai berry's antioxidant properties triggered cell death in cultured human cancer cells. This study is published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2006.

  6. Anti-aging Properties
    • Acai berry benefits also include anti-aging, as acai berries have the highest antioxidant value of any food. The flesh of one acai berry has 10 times more antioxidant power than a grape and twice that found in a blueberry. This is extremely important in minimizing damage to cells from free radicals caused by stress sun damage, pesticides, herbicides and other environmental pollutants.

  7. Heart Health Properties
    • Preliminary research in 2011 Nutrition Journal has shown that acai berries may improve total cholesterol levels as well as lowering LDL cholesterol. Perhaps this is a result of its high concentration of healthy oils and omega-3 fatty acids,.


What is the Acai Berry?

Now that you understand some of the acai berry benefits, lets cover the basis of the acai berry itself.

The acai berry looks like a big blueberry, with a large seed inside and it grows in bunches on a palm tree known as the Euterpe Oleracea in floodplain areas of the Amazon River in Central and South America.

As with all foods, they are traditionally harvested and used locally. But because of the health promoting effects of various exotic fruits like the acai, pomegranate, and gogi berry, commercial exporters have had to learn of ways to safely package and market these fruits without having them degrade in transport half way around the world, hence the introduction of juicing and flash freezing.

There are of course some wonderful companies that maintain the integrity of the fruit and thereby promote many of the claimed acai berry benefits, yet there are just as many companies who are selling you sugary and expensive juices and supplements without much health benefit.

Purchasing Quality Products for Acai Berry Benefits

As I started to describe above, 'buyer beware'.

There are only a few companies that I know enough about to endorse. These companies have been involved in much research and combine the power of science with the goodness of nature.

Here are a few companies and products I would suggest:

  1. GNLD's Liquid Antioxidant Nutitional called Tre: this is a company and product I work with closely and who's vision of whole food vitamins and minerals is unsurpassed in my mind in terms of research, quality and sustainability.
  2. Monavie: a company who has been heavily involved in researching the effects of acai berry benefits.
  3. Sambazon: a company who is incredibly committed to the Brazilian Amazon, the local people, and to producing a certified organic, non-GMO, fair trade product.

Although I'm not an expert on acai berry benefits, I do know a good thing when I see it, so I wanted to help you get started. But if you are still curious beyond what I’ve provided I would encourage you to do a bit more research on your own.

Have fun!

Yours in Wellness,

Dr. Lisa

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