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Saturday, October 22, 2011

The ACAI BERRY.

DESS HEALTH CARE...
I recently came across a flyer in my daily newspaper - about a health drink that contains Acai berries. A quick surf in the net came with a lot of information on this berries. I would like to share with you..
Acai berry (pronounced as "ah-sigh-ee") is the fruit of a species of palm tree called acai palm or aqai (Euterpe oleracea), which is grown mainly in swamps and floodplains in Central and South America. This fruit is round in shape, about 1-inch (25 mm) in circumference. Its color is black-purple and has a large seed in it. Each year, there are two crops of fruits being produced. It has a berry cum chocolate flavor and provides exceptional nutrition. It has been cultivated for hundreds of years by the Native Americans as the acai berry is a staple of the local diet.
Besides being served as food, acai berry is also used in flavoring Tequila, a blue agave-based spirit. The fronds of açaí palm are used in commercial for making for example hats, mats, baskets, brooms and roof thatch. The trunk is used for constructing building or may be processed to yield minerals. Acai seeds are usually ground to make livestock food or organic soil component as the seeds contain polyunsaturated and saturated fatty acids,
Recently however, this acai palm’s fruit has been marketed as dietary supplements and weight loss products in various forms, for example tablets, juice, smoothies, instant drink powders, and whole fruit. It became tremendously popular in the west in year 2008 when it was mentioned in the Oprah Winfrey Show by Dr.Oz. In the TV show, Dr.Oz said that the acai berry looked like a health food with nutritional benefits and it’s naturally deep colors reflect its antioxidant power, as good as any antioxidant else. However, marketers of acai products have highlighted one of the things that he said and claim that Dr.Oz endorsed their products for weight loss. Dr.Oz himself has denied that claim and the lawyers of the TV show have begun investigating the alleged statements.

Acai Berry Diet: The Health Benefits and Weight Loss Claims

Acai berries are said to have higher levels of flavonoids and anthocyanins than any other type of berries. These two substances are strong antioxidants. Antioxidants are scientifically proved to neutralize harmful byproducts of certain body processes. The effects of antioxidants help reduce the possibility of getting high risk diseases such as heart problems, cancer and others related to overweight.
The argument that Acai Berries help in weight loss, when included in a diet, is based on the fact that the berries contain antioxidants, which are able to eliminate toxic substances from the body. The toxins may contribute up to 20 pounds of the body weight and thus would considerably lead to weight loss when eliminated. So, including Acai Berries in your meals will also help in cleansing your body in addition to helping in weight reduction
Acai Berries have fiber and amino acids that aid the process of digestion and body metabolism. These components and other minerals of Acai berries also help muscles to regenerate. The berries have also been known to have phytosterols and essential fatty acids that help keep the heart healthy. As a result, reduced aging process is said to be another benefit of eating Acai berries.
The natural way in which Acai berries grow has perhaps contributed to its becoming popular. These berries grow in the Amazon forest with minimal influence of human. Their growth is not enhanced using any fertilizers or other agricultural chemicals like it is for other plants. The various diet products made from Acai berries are also consist of freeze-dried natural berries.
Other that the ones pointed above, several other benefits of Acai Berry Diet, are pointed out. These include improved immunity, clearer mind and better eyesight. However, very few scientific studies have been conducted to back these claims. Although studies are ongoing related to Acai Berry benefits, much of what is said right now is only speculative. Although Acai Berry is an excellent antioxidant, it is actually not a weight loss solution. You'll probably end up being frustrated by false marketing in the industry. 

Photos:
the palm trees
 the berries in baskets..
 the Acai berry juice..
 
Wanna try the fruit juice?  Contact me.... he, he...
Have a nice day... 

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