Sunday, February 10, 2008

Acai Berries

By Pete Marks

Acai berries are the latest supplement to enter the the health category as a super food. Pronounced ah-saw-he theses amazing little acai berries looks much like blueberries and is harvested from the palm tree which grows in the swampy areas of the Brazilian Amazon Rain forest. The natives have used this as a staple for their diet for thousands of years. It is used in popular juice beverages in Brazil and when added to other juices or yogurt takes on the flavor of blueberries with a touch of chocolate.

What makes acai fruit so special as a supplement?

- Loaded with more than 10X the antioxidants of red grapes

- Loaded with more than 10 to30 X the anthocyanins or red wine

Both antioxidants and anthocyanins are said to help with premature aging. Other amazing properties of acai.

- Loaded with protein and fiber to help with increased energy and digestive health

- Highest ORAC value of any know berry including pomegranates or blueberries

- Contains phytosterols to help promote cardiovascular health

- Rich in monounsaturated oleic acid which keeps cell membranes supple by making omega-3 fish oils more easy to absorb.

Some of the health properties of acai are, weight loss, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and immune system. It has been mentioned elsewhere that people are even using acai for the following conditions, heart disease, Crohn's, inflammation, high cholesterol, arthritis, diabetes, allergies, eczema and other related conditions.

People who can benefit from acai berry supplements or powder are athletes and the health conscious or people dealing with various illnesses. Even gourmet chefs are starting to find ways to implement its unique flavor into recipes or main dishes and deserts. Due to its recent popularity globally there has been a recent shortage of this amazing product so it may be a little hard to obtain in your local health food store. It is a discovery that is truly unique and worth trying.

To find out more about retail or wholesale acai products please visit Acai Berry Juice.

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