These little gems are some of the most nutrient-packed berries on earth.
They're one of the ancient world's best-kept secrets.
These powerful nutrition-packed berries are found in the Amazon rain-forest.
They contain high-levels of vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B6 and are one of the few known plant-based sources of B12.
A crucial and potent energy generator necessary for cellular metabolism.
What's more, they're protein rich, a staggering 16% protein!
These super berries are also considered a good source of vitamin-P (bioflavonoid).
And are rich in pectin.
Hundreds of studies on bioflavonoids have demonstrated.
They have antiviral, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine and antioxidant properties.
That means your body becomes a high-powered machine.
Capable of fighting off disease, infection and cell mutation.
As well as heal faster!
Some studies note that these berries help in the control of blood sugar levels.
Support cholesterol levels, and even keep a body regular.
The Acai-Berry may help fight cancer!
This is amazing stuff.
We've been investigating this fruit and the reported benefits for some time now.
It appears, by way of a University of Florida study that this dynamo of a berry destroys cancer cells in the lab.
This Brazilian berry, which is popular in health food and longevity circles.
It contains antioxidants, that destroyed cultured human cancer cells.
Reported in a University of Florida study.
One of the first to investigate the fruit’s purported benefits.
Published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Extracts from the berries, triggered a self-destruct response in 86 percent of leukemia cells.
The Acai-berry is one of the richest fruit sources of antioxidants known on the planet to date.
This study was an important step.
Learning what people may gain from using products made with the acai-berry.
Acai shows good activity against cancer cells in our bodies.
Other fruits, including grapes, guavas and mangoes, contain antioxidants.
Shown to kill cancer cells in similar studies.
Experts are uncertain the effect antioxidants have on cancer cells in the human body.
Factors such as nutrient absorption and metabolism.
And the influence of other biochemical processes may influence the antioxidants’ chemical activity.
Another UF study, will investigate the effects of the antioxidants on healthy human subjects.
Only fundamental research has conducted on the acai- berry.
Which contain at least 50 to 75 yet unidentified compounds.
One reason we are just learning about the acai-berry (ah-sah-ee).
Is that they’re perishable and used immediately after picking.
Products made with acai (ah-sah-ee) berries have only been available for a few years.
So researchers in many parts of the world have had minimal opportunity to study them.
U of F is one of the first institutions outside of Brazil with personnel studying the acai-berry.
This yummy berry is common in floodplain areas of the Amazon River.
When ripe, they're dark purple and about the size of a blueberry.
They contain a thin layer of edible pulp surrounding a large seed.
Brazilians have used the acai-berry to treat digestive disorders and skin conditions.
Marketing suggests acai products can help consumers lose weight, lower cholesterol and gain energy.
We're just beginning to understand the complexity and its health-promoting effects.
In the current UF study, six different chemical extracts were made from acai ( ah-sah-ee ) fruit pulp.
Each extract was prepared in seven concentrations.
Four killed significant numbers of leukemia cells when applied for 24 hours.
Depending on the extract and concentration.
Anywhere from about 35 percent to 86 percent of the cells died.
The study demonstrates.
That research on foods not commonly consumed in the United States is important.
Because it could well lead to unexpected and important discoveries.
Don't forget that more familiar produce items have plenty of health-giving qualities.
We get our acai from the Amazon rain forest.
It's about as pure and unrefined or undiluted as it can get.
Without actually picking and eating the fruit yourself.
And we love the flavor!
I think we all know.
Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with decreased risk for many diseases.
Including heart disease and cancer.
At least five servings a day is a good recommendation.
For promoting optimal health and longevity.
We use this product and endorse it wholeheartedly!
Acai Breakfast Bowl
Two 4-oz. packets unsweetened frozen acai puree
1 med. banana
1/2 cup blueberries
1 Tbs. organic honey
3 Tbs. granola
2 Tbs. pomegranate seeds
1 Tbs. unsweetened coconut flakes
Break the frozen acai up a little by slapping the sealed packets on the countertop or hitting them with a meat mallet.
Blend the berries with 1/2 the banana, 1/4 c. of the blueberries and the honey in the blender.
Stopping to stir and break up the mixture as needed.
Until it's the consistency of a thick smoothie.
Transfer to a cereal bowl.
Slice the remaining 1/2 banana.
Arrange the slices, the remaining 1/4 c. blueberries, granola, pomegranate seeds and coconut flakes.
In neat piles or rows on top of the acai.
Per serving (1 bowl): Calories: 400; Fat: 10 g (Saturated: 4.5 g); Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 30 mg; Carbohydrate: 78 g; Fiber: 11 g; Protein: 5 g; Sugar: 44 g
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