( ah-sah-ee )
from deep in the heart of the
Amazon Rain Forest
Acai-berry ~ Super Foods Guide
One of the most nutrient-packed berries on earth.
These berries are one of the ancient world's best-kept secrets.
These powerful nutrition-packed berries from the Amazon rain-forest contain high-levels of vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B6 and
are reputed to be one of the few known plant-based sources of B12, a crucial and potent energy generator necessary for
What's more, these berries are extremely protein rich, a staggering 16% protein!
These super berries are also considered a good source of vitamin-P (bioflavonoid) and are rich in pectin.
In fact, hundreds of studies on bioflavonoids have demonstrated they possess 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!
And it has been noted in some studies that these berries may 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 extremely popular in health food and longevity circles, contains antioxidants that destroyed cultured human cancer cells in a recent University of Florida study, one of the first to investigate the fruit’s purported benefits.
Published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the study showed extracts from these ( 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.
“The Acai-berry is already considered one of the richest fruit sources of antioxidants known on the planet to date.”
This study was an important step toward learning what people may gain from using beverages, dietary supplements or other products made with the acai-berry.
I must mention that the study funded by UF sources, was not originally intended to show whether compounds found in the acai-berry could prevent leukemia in people.
This was only a cell-culture model and we don’t want to give anyone false hope.
Researchers are extremely encouraged by the findings.
Compounds that show good activity against cancer cells in a model system are most likely to have beneficial effects in our bodies.
Please note that other fruits, including grapes, guavas and mangoes, contain antioxidants shown to kill cancer cells in similar studies.
Experts are uncertain how much effect antioxidants have on cancer cells in the human body, because factors such as nutrient absorption, 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.
The study will determine how well the compounds are absorbed into the blood, and how they may affect blood pressure, cholesterol levels and related health indicators.
So far, only fundamental research has been done on the acai- berry, which contain at least 50 to 75 as yet unidentified compounds.
One reason we are just learning about the acai-berry (ah-sah-ee) is that they’re highly perishable and are traditionally used immediately after picking.
Products made with processed acai (ah-sah-ee) berries or acai fruit 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 produced by a palm tree known scientifically as Euterpe oleracea, 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.
Historically, Brazilians have used the acai-berry to treat digestive disorders and skin conditions.
Current marketing efforts suggest 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, and each extract was prepared in seven concentrations.
Four of the extracts were shown to kill 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 U of F study demonstrates that research on foods not commonly consumed in the United States is important, because it could very 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 diluted as it can get, without actually picking and eating the fruit yourself.
And I love the flavor!
I think we all know though, that increased consumption of fruits and vegetables of most kinds are associated with decreased risk for many diseases, including heart disease and cancer.
Getting at least five servings a day of these items is still a good recommendation for promoting optimal health and longevity.
We use this product and endorse it wholeheartedly!
Acai Blueberry Smoothie
1 1/2 c. vanilla soy milk
1 1/2 frozen bananas
1 c. frozen blueberries
1 c. frozen strawberries
1 c. acai juice
3/4 c. ice
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