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The London Times - Açaí is the fruit of an Amazonian palm tree with the nutritional content that makes other fruits blush with inadequacy.

NBC Today reported, “the anomabi Indians have believed for centuries that the Acai holds unique power…and is believed to help women after birth and to give anyone who drinks it a burst of energy.'

Health Sciences Institute - The Acai berry is nature's perfect food. Get the healing power of many phytonutrients in one delicious package.

Men's Journal - The fruit that packs a punch. Açaí actually gives you a rush.

The Wall Street Journal - Acai replaces wheatgrass in blenders at juice bars. A fruit from the Amazon that fans say helps boost energy and lower cholesterol.

Vogue Magazine calls it “the next big workout cocktail''

From Breakthroughs in Health Magazine Volume 1 Issue 4 11/2006

Acai – Good For the Body

 

1. Helps build a strong body by providing protein: Proteins are the primary component of some hormones and many body tissues including muscles and organs. Proteins also make up the outer layers of hair, nails, and skin. Acai has more proteins than an average egg.

 

2. Strengthens Bones: Acai contains glucosamine, a building block of cartilage, and Celadrin, which helps cushion joints and support membranes. These compounds help generally to strengthen the body and help maintain many of the body’s tissues.

 

3. Muscle contractions and regeneration: Acai’s mix of essential amino acids and trace minerals are vital for strength and recovery after strenuous activity.

 

4. Increases energy and stamina: Acai’s nutrients, including a large amount of natural lipids, provide needed energy to tackle competitive sports and daily chores.

 

5. Stress Relief: The acai berry can help regulate your stress levels and repair your body.

 

6. Improves Sexual Health: Acai’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can counter infertility due to stress, pollution and factors related to free radicals.

 

7. Aids body energy: Acai’s immune system strengthening qualities help protect the entire body.

 

8. A Potent anti-aging food: The regenerative nutrients and strong antioxidants in acai keep cells operating optimally and may slow aging.

 

FOR MEN

 

9. May help prevent prostate enlargement: The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory punch of acai may be powerful weapons in the fight against benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) commonly known as enlarged prostate.

 

FOR WOMEN

 

10. Helps prevent osteoporosis: Acai has a significant amount of calcium, which helps strengthen the bones, prevent fractures and can help prevent osteoporosis.

 

11. Menstrual cycles: Women who experience extreme menstrual pain can also benefit from acai juice. Calcium-rich foods help coat the lining of the stomach and uterus, and help reduce the pain from cramps and bloating.

 

HEALTH HEART & DIABETES

The acai berry may possess the best of both the French paradox and the Mediterranean diet when it comes to heart health because of its stellar array of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

 

12. May help present the causes of heart disease: The berry contains the antioxidants known as polyphenols, a principal source of heart protection. One anthocyanin, cyaniding-3-glucoside, may improve the production of nitric oxide (NO) in endothelial cells. NO allows blood vessel walls to relax and expand, resulting in less stress on the heart, reduced risk of vessel blockage and increased blood flow.

 

13. Reduces bad cholesterol: In addition to its high antioxidant content, acai is rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs). A large body of research indicates that EFAs help reduce harmful LDL cholesterol while supporting levels of the beneficial HDL cholesterol, which can lead to better blood circulation.

 

14. Sterols may lower blood pressure (BP): Sterols are components of plant cell membranes providing numerous benefits to the human body. Sterols are sometimes used to treat symptoms associated with BP.

 

15. Protects blood vessels: The anthocyanins in acai protect small and large blood vessels, including veins, arteries and capillaries.

 

I6. In Diabetes weak capillaries can lead to a condition called retinopathy, which often leads to blindness. Acai helps protect capillaries.

 

17. Diabetes relief: Acai’s low glycemic improves glucose and lipid vessels in diabetics

 

18. Weight Control: Its low glycemic index also helps acai control appetite and delay hunger, which can help individuals trying to lose weight.

 

 

GALVANIZES THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

 

19. Acai can improve resistance to disease: By boosting the immune system, acai’s rich nutrient profile helps boost the body’s natural defenses.

 

20. Improved function of immune cells: recent findings published in the International journal of Sports Medicine indicate that acai’s beta-sitosterol prevents immune suppression and modulates lymphocyte activity.

 

21. Prevents free-radical damage to the immune system: Free radical damage (or oxidation) is one of the primary causes of immune weakness or dysfunction.

 

22. Antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal: Acai can reduce the spread of infectious diseases.

 

23. Acts as an antimutagenic: Acai’s antioxidant properties help prevent damage to DNA, which lowers the risks passed by carcinogens and mutagens.

 

AID FOR THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

 

24. Improves digestion: Acai’s dietary fiber helps promote the health of the digestive tract, including the colon.

 

25 Overcomes acid-reflux disease (GERD): The broad array of antioxidants in acai may help protect and repair the lower esophagus damaged by GERD, and its acid-suppression effects reduce the acidity of stomach contents when reflux does occur.

 

26. Heals ulcers: The antibacterial properties of acai kill bad bacteria, fungi and parasites, including H. pylori, the ulcer causing bacteria.

 

27. Helps relive symptoms of Crohn’s disease: Acai’s anti-inflammatory abilities may prevent the malabsorption of vital nutrients by preventing damage to the wall of the small intestine.

 

SKIN CARE

The antioxidants in acai feed the skin and help it build and replenish itself. Acai contains more than the double daily dose of natural vitamin E, which is essential for tissue regeneration.

 

28. Improves skin tone: Acai’s phytosterols help reduce the erosion of the skin’s protective coating.

 

29. Defends against premature wrinkles: Because it is so high in anthocyanins and phytosterols, acai helps protect connective tissues, including collagen.

 

30. Acts as an astringent: Astringents are substances that contract, shrink, or tighten body tissues, including skin. Astringents can be used to stop bleeding in small cuts or the give the skin a fresh, tingling feeling.

 

DISEASE FIGHTER

 

31. May thwart cancer: The antioxidant protection of acai berry may lower cancer risks for several types, including breast, lung, skin, and stomach cancers, by neutralizing free radicals that can damage cells.

 

32. Reduces arthritis pain: Anti-inflammatory properties of acai may offer relief for arthritis sufferers.

 

33. Relives symptoms of asthma: Acai’s vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties found to improve asthma symptoms.

 

34. May reduce risk for Alzheimer’s disease: A 2004 study from the Archives of Neurology found a reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease with increased amounts of vitamins C and E, found in acai.

 

OTHER HEALTH ADVANTAGES OF ACAI

 

35. Aids vision: The beta-carotene and vitamin C in acai promote eye health, including reducing the complications of macular degeneration in diabetics.

 

36. Helps maintain healthy teeth and gums: The calcium in acai may mean a whiter smile and stronger teeth, as well as the prevention of gingivitis and other gum diseases.

 

37. Improves mental clarity: Acai’s omega-3 fats are crucial for proper mental function and alertness.

 

38. Better sleep: The B Vitamins and other nutrients in acai reduce stress and help brain cells communicate by assisting with the production of neurotransmitters like dopamine and seratonin.

 

39. Promotes overall wellness: Antioxidants may provide one of the best ways to prevent disease, promote overall wellness and slow the effects of aging in an environment that is growing increasingly hostile. Acai has great potential as an antioxidant supplement because research shows it has greater activity and possibly more benefits than other fruits and vegetables with antioxidant properties.  The little fruit from the Amazon may have the best overall antioxidant profile to date. BIH

 

"The most powerful concept in disease prevention and treatment today is inflammation. Inflammation may well turn out to be the elusive Holy Grail of medicine - the single phenomenon that holds the key to sickness and health."
~Meggs, WJ. The Inflammation Cure. (2004)


Fruits are an abundant source of many thousands of phytonutrients as well as at least 8 Vitamins and minerals -- including Vitamin C which is known to be a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. According to Dr. Mary Ann Lila, University of Illinois, although the most publicized property of bioflavinoids is their antioxidant capacity, they also serve as anti-inflammatory agents.

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Free Radicals - Antioxidants

What is ORAC and what does it stand for?

ORAC = Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity

What is the ORAC Assay?

The Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC) assay is a method for measuring the total antioxidant activity of a biological sample. It measures the antioxidant activities of human, agricultural products, food products, food ingredients and pharmaceutical products

The assay measures the effectiveness of various natural antioxidants, present in the sample, in preventing the loss in the fluorescence intensity of the fluorescent marker protein, Beta-pycoerythrin (beta-PE), during peroxy radical induced free radical damage. Each reaction is calibrated using known standards of Trolox®, a water soluble vitamin E analog. The results of the assay are reported on the basis of 1 ORAC unit = 1 micro-M Trolox®. 1

What is a normal ORAC for daily consumption?

For the average person they need 1670 ORAC per day. To give this perspective 80% - 90% of people in the world do not consume even half of the daily required ORAC’s

Fruit &  Nutrition

The 2005 USDA Food Guide Pyramid has increased the recommended servings of fruits to 2-4 daily and vegetables to 3-5 daily, spearheading the change with their "5 a day" campaign and noting that we are particularly deficient in consumption of fruits.

Current food consumption estimates for Americans

* Only 10% eat even 5 daily servings of fruits and vegetables.
* Average fruit consumption is only 1.4 servings daily.
* Only 17% eat 2-4 fruits daily.
* Only 12% have what could be called a "good" diet.

Faculty members in the Harvard School of Public Health feel the revised government recommendations still fall short, are much too heavily influenced by powerful food lobby groups, and
do not put into perspective the wealth of research conducted during the last ten years that has reshaped the definition of healthy eating. Their statement:

[If there's anything close to being "proved" in nutrition research, it's that eating lots of fruits and vegetables reduces the risk of heart disease, some types of cancer, and other chronic diseases. The U.S. government's "5 a day" campaign makes five servings of fruits and vegetables look like a goal when it should actually be a lower limit.]

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THE PHYTONUTRIENT REVOLUTION

Phytonutrients have catapulted to the top of nutritional science research. "Phytonutrients Take Center Stage" was published in the December 1999 issue of
Agricultural Research magazine.

Phytonutrients are a class of health-promoting, bio-active compounds with many sub-categories. By some counts, more than 100,000 phytonutrient compounds have already been identified and catalogued. Around the world, new discoveries are being continually made by health scientists. Some of the more common class names are Carotenoids and Flavonoids (Polyphenols).

Most known phytonutrients are strongly related to
pigment. Dark red and blue pigmented flavonoids, with names like isoflavones, anthocyanins, flavinols, catechins and phenols are dominant in fruits. And richly colored
fruits are considered the most potent source of anti-aging antioxidants of any commonly eaten foods!

(And no, this does not mean that drinking darker colored soft drinks is healthier than the lemon-lime varieties! We should banish them all from our diets!)

According to Dr. Ralph Carson, the company's Chief Science Officer and primary formulator of MonaVie, research shows free radicals may be largely responsible for chronic illnesses such as heart disease and cancer. Once the ORAC test (oxygen radical absorption capacity) was perfected, some companies touted high ORAC ratings to make their products appear better than others. Later research has shown that a higher ORAC value does not necessarily equate to better or more effective. On the contrary, too much of certain substances can have detrimental effects.

Perhaps most important to know about phytonutrients and fruits is that they appear to be far more beneficial and effective in promoting health when a
combination
of fruits (not just a single fruit) is consumed.

PHYTONUTRIENTS AND INFLAMMATION

Two of today's wellness experts zero in on inflammation:

"At best chronic debilitating diseases (heart disease, cancer, arthritis, obesity, diabetes, asthma, Alzheimer's, and allergies) destroy our quality of life; at worst they are painful, debilitating, and fatal … It is clear, the root cause of diseases is unbridled inflammation."
~Chilton FH. Inflammation Nation. (2005)

"Inflammation affects us all - especially today, when so many of us are grappling with the health implications of aging plus an explosion of inflammation-related health problems such as obesity and asthma. Shouldn't inflammation control be a major part of your overall personal health plan?”
~Meggs, WJ. The Inflammation Cure. (2004)

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