ALKALIZING & Super Antioxidants
The Acai berry, found in Brazil, has been named the most potent "Super Food" in the world. What that means is that is has more concentrated health properties within it than any other food. For example, one ounce of the very high quality Acai product that we use actually has as much antioxidant value as over 100 glasses of orange juice. It is harvested in the wild from the palms in the Brazilian Amazon. To the indigenous people there it has always been known to have healing properties and is used in many rituals.
As more research is done on Acai, and consumption increases throughout the world many acres of rain forest are being preserved for Acai harvesting and economics within these regions is slowly improving.
Like greens all Acai is not created equal so be sure that the product you are getting is high quality, especially in its processing. It should be low heat pasteurized if at all to maintain the nutrient and enzyme potential of this very potent supplement.
Acai in its raw form has a rich flavor and texture. We use an Acai supplement that tastes very pleasant, much like a blueberry smoothie, and has been tested and proven to reduce free radical damage by over 43% in clinical studies. More research is being done every day. We hope you enjoy reading more about the benefits and research on Brazilian Acai.
39 Reasons to Drink Acai Juice
1. Acai 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. Acai cleanses and detoxifies the body. Acai has been used for centuries to cleanse the body of contaminates.
3. Acai enhances muscle contractions and muscle regeneration. Acai's mix of essential amino acids and trace minerals are vital for strength and recovery after strenuous activity.
4. Acai 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. Acai helps with stress relief. The acai berry can help to regulate your stress levels and repair your body.
6. Acai helps improve sexual health. Acai's anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can counter infertility due to stress, poluution and factors related to free radicals.
7. Acai aids body synergy. Acai's immune-system-strengthening qualities help protect the entire body.
8. Acai is a potent anti-aging food. The regenerative nutrients and strong antioxidants in acai keep cells operating optimally and may slow aging.
Acai is Good For Men.
9. Acai may help prevent prostate enlargement. The antioxidant punch of acai may be a powerful weapon in the fight against benign prostatic hyperplasia(BPH), commonly known as an enlarged prostate
Acai is Good For Women.
10. Acai helps prevent osteoporosis. Acai has a significant amount of calcium, which helps strengthen the bones, prevent fractures and can help prevent osteporosis.
11. Acai helps reduce menstrual pain.. Women who experience 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.
Heart Health and Diabetes.
12. Acai May help prevent causes of heart disease. The berry contains the antioxidant polyphenois, 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, decreased risk of vessel blockage and an increased blood flow.
13. Acai 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 currently being used to treat symptoms associated with BP.
15. Acai helps Protects blood vessels. The anthocyanins in acai protect small and large blood vessels, including veins, arteries and capillaries.
16. Acai Helps thwart retinopathy. In diabetes weak capillaries can lead to a condition called retinopathy, which often leads to blindness. Acai helps protect capillaries.
17. Acai Improves glucose and lipid levels. Acai's low glycemic index improves glucose and lipid levels in diabetics.
18. Acai helps with weight control. Acai's low glycemic index also helps control appetite and delay hunger, which can help individuals trying to lose weight.
19. Acai can improve resistance to disease. By boosting the immune system, acaii's rich nutrient profile helps boost the body's natural defenses.
20. Acai can aid in 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 the lymphocyte activity.
21. Acai 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. Acai can thwart viruses, bacterial infections and funguses. Acai can reduce the frequency of infectious diseases.
23. Acai Acts as an antimutagenic. Acai's antioxidant properties help prevent damage to DNA, which lowers the risks posed by carcinogens and mutagens.
Acia aids the digestive system.
24. Acai helps improve the digestive system. Acai's dietary fiber helps promote the health of the digestive tract, including the colon..
25. Acai helps 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 effect reduce the acidity of stomach contents when reflux does occur.
26. Acai can help to heel ulcers. The antibacterial properties of acai kill bad bacteria, fungi and parasites, including H. pylori, the ulcer-causing bacteria.
27. Acai helps relieve 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.
Acia is great for skin care.
28. Acai improves skin tone. Acai's phytosterols help reduce the erosion of the skin's protective coating.
29. Acai defends against premature wrinkles. Because it is so high in anthocyanins and phytosterois, acai helps protect connective tissues, including collagen.
30. Acai acts as an astringent. Because it is so high in anthocyanins and phytosterois, acai helps protect connective tissues, including collagen.
Acia is a disease fighter.
31. Acai may thwart cancer. The antioxidant protection of ancai may lower cancer risks for several types, including breast, lung, skin and stomach cancers, by neutralizing free radicals before they can damage cells.
32. Acai reduces arthritis pain. Anti-inflammatory properties of acai may offer relief for arthritis suffers.
33. Acai relieves symptoms of asthma. Acai's vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties found to improve symptoms of asthma.
34. Acai may reduce risk for Alzheimer's disease. A 2004 study from the Archives of Neurolgy found a reduced risk for Alzheimer's disease with increased amount of vitamin C and E, found in acai.
Other health advantages of Acai.
35. Acai aids vision. The beta carotene and vitamin C in acai promote eye health, including reducing the complications of macular degeneration in diabetics.
36. Acai 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. Acai Improves mental clarity. Acai's omega-3 fats are crucial for proper mental function and alertness.
38. Acai can help you achieve 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 serotonin.
38. Promotes overall wellness. The acai berry may possess a stellar array of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals Antioxidantsprovide one of the best ways to prevent disease,promote overall wellness and slow the effects ofaging in an environment that is growing Increasinghostile. The antioxidants in acai feed the bodyand help it build and replenish itself. Acai hasgreat potential as a super-antioxidantsupplement. Research shows it has greateractivity and possibly more benefits than mostother fruits and vegetables.
Alkalinity Reduces Free Radical Damage
When you are alkaline you increase the amount of oxygen in your body.
A free radical reduces the amount of oxygen in your body, and
antioxidants in theory should increase oxygen because it is eliminating
the reduction of oxygen.
While I believe super hydrating with alkaline green drinks and eating
and alkaline diet is the best way to obtain optimal health. I also
understand that not everyone can follow it in today's world. I have
seen many people follow it with success and achieve great results only
to stop after 5 months because it became too difficult or they simply
forgot where they were when they started.
Realizing the need for
products people will use I have searched for what I believe to be the
best and easiest, best quality, researched, and proven effective
alternatives. Mistica and other comparable drinks support Dr Young's science by
improving the quality of the blood. I have chosen antioxidants to
combat free radicals to aid in bringing your body back into a state of
balance of supplementation.
What is a free radical?
There are different types of free radicals but let's use the oxygen
free radical for this example.
Picture the earth with the moon orbiting it. The moon keeps the earth
rotating on its axis and the tides in check. If we lost the moon the
tides would be so extreme you would be able to surf in Colorado. An
oxygen molecule has two electrons orbiting it like moons. A free
radical is an oxygen molecule that has lost one of its moons
(electrons). The oxygen molecule must stabilize itself so it tries to
steal a moon (electron) from another molecule. One free radical will
damage 3000 cells before it stabilizes itself. The 3000 cells it
damages will damage another 30,000 cells. This happens to 2% of the
oxygen we breathe in. Oxygen free radicals particularly like brain
cells. This is why we have memory problems when we age and that's
The Journal of American Medicine Association states the "90% of all
diseases today are the results of free radical damage". Antioxidants
reduce free radicals.
I recommend products which have the highest antioxidants available,
are the best quality, and have significant research and backing from
medical professionals. Understand that not all antioxidant products
are created equal; in my research these are the only products I have
found that positively affect the quality of the blood. One of them is:
Acai can reduce free radical damage by 43% in 3 weeks!
As a functional beverage containing a combination of the most Antioxidant rich low sugar fruits mentioned, we find Acai to be the most advanced Super Antioxidant Supplement Available.
C. NORMAN SHEALY, M.D., PhD
Speaking about the efficacy of Acai
REDUCING FREE RADICALS WITH REAL FOOD
First here is some basic information on Dr. Norm Shealy:
He entered Duke University at age 16 and Duke Medical School at 19. He interned in internal medicine at Duke and then spent a year of general surgery at Banes Hospital, followed by a five-year residency in neurosurgery at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital. He is board-certified in neurological surgery. In 1977 he earned a Ph.D. in psychology from Saybrook Institute, the leading humanistic psychology school.
Dr Norm Shealy says, " I've finally found a product that will actually make a significant improvement in Oxidative Damage. I am Thoroughly convinced; MISTICA is a powerful and effective anti-oxidant. It dramatically decreases the effects of Free Radical Damage in the Body."
I have some really exiting news to share. As many of you know, I have long been concerned about the pervasive health effects of oxygen free radicals.
After years of examining every kind of functional food and beverage, and hundreds of vitamin and herbal supplements, I have finally found a product that will actually make a significant improvement in oxidative damage. Routinely, I am approached by companies promoting their “new” super-duper anti-oxidant etc. product, and being open-minded, all I ask is that they prove its effectiveness. Up until now, I have never seen evidence that any food supplement could measurably improve free radical damage.
Several months ago, I was approached about a new product called Mistica, which was touted as a powerful anti-oxidant functional beverage containing extracts from the Brazilian Açai Berry augmented with extracts from 9 additional botanicals. I was skeptical, because of my previous experience with so-called anti-oxidant products, but I agreed to conduct a trial to examine the effects of Mistica on free radical damage.
To measure the extent of ongoing free-radical damage in the body, I used a test that measures malondialdehyde (MDA), a by-product of free radical damage to cell membranes. A small amount of urine is added to a colorless reactive agent that develops color in the presence of MDA. Higher levels of ongoing free radical damage in the body will create higher concentrations of MDA in the urine and a darker color on the assay.
The results of the study were so impressive that I am submitting them for publication in the biomedical literature. Mean (average of the entire group) free radical production was reduced after only 3 weeks by 43% with a “P” factor at a highly significant 0.001 level.
For purposes of this news letter, I would like you to know that I am thoroughly convinced; Mistica is a powerful and effective anti-oxidant. This new product can dramatically mitigate the effects of free radical damage on the body. This is the first, and only, example of a food supplement I have found to have a significant impact on cellular membrane integrity. It appears that Mistica’s unique matrix of “oxygen radical absorbency capacity” (ORAC) nutrients that span the anti-oxidant spectrum (including anthocyanins, phenolics and catechins) is responsible for the dramatic outcome.
-C. Norman Shealy MD PhD
By the time he was 4 years old, C. Norman Shealy knew he wanted to be a physician. Just how far down the road that would take him, he could never have imagined at that time.
Now, Dr. Shealy's ideas have been the foundation for pain management therapies used worldwide, and the ''Shealy Program'' is the mainstay of chronic pain treatment and management sought by patients and physicians alike.
Shortly after graduating from Duke Medical School, and beginning his career as an accomplished neurosurgeon, Dr. Shealy noted: ''The most common symptom in the world is pain, and yet nobody specializes in it.'' At this early phase of his medical life, he decided to look into pain, what causes it, what we can do about it, and how it affects us as human beings.
He had not been investigating long before he recognized that the majority of long term fixes for chronic pain did not come from the established medical community, but from the ''folk domain.'' Shealy began a series of research and experimental processes which included any ideas he could come across that claimed to be able to treat chronic pain in the long term without the use of narcotic medications. Consulting and researching with acupuncturists, mystics, faith healers, color therapists, folk healers, and other non-traditional therapists, and blending this new knowledge with his medical background, Dr. Shealy came to the conclusion that, while none of these methods was THE cure for chronic pain, almost all of them had developed a documented history of being able to successfully eliminate chronic pain in a good number of their attempts. It is at this juncture that he decided that ''It is the interaction of the four main fields of stress; the chemical, physical, electromagnetic, and emotional; that is the cause of all illness..not some, all.''
Now, Shealy embarked on a lifelong quest to find ways to manage successfully chronic pain. He opened his first pain management clinic in La Crosse, Wisconsin and developed a long series of successes in treating patients who had been otherwise untreatable. During this period, he devloped a device called the dorsal column stimulator, which uses small electrical currents to adjust the electromagnetic fields within the spinal column. The stimulator was so successful in treating previously untreatable chronic back pain that it has become a favored treatment for pain by physicians world-wide. The breakthroughs generated by the dorsal column stimulator contributed directly to the development and patenting of the TENS system of elecrical stimulation, a pain treatment regimen now in demand throughout the medical community.
The cost-effectiveness of Shealy's treaments for back pain have led to a series of breakthroughs culminating in the discovery of urgently low levels of a chemical known as DHEA in almost all patients suffering chronic pain. Shealy's further research developed a procedure that could effectively raise these DHEA levels in humans, without the use of medications, and his studies documented the cessation of this chronic pain in almost all subjects studied. His now patented system for curing chronic pain is used by traditional and non-traditional practitioners in nearly every specialty today.
While conducting all of this research, Dr. Shealy noted an abnormally large group of patients he was treating for chronic pain were also clinically depressed. Wondering if there was some connection between this chronic pain and their clinical depression, he sought and gained a Ph.D. in psychology. Further study did show, in fact, that with or without chronic pain, depressed persons also showed a low level of DHEA, and so he began a course of highly successful treatment of chronic clinical depression, again by naturally raising the patients DHEA levels without the use of drugs or medications. Current studies are underway by Shealy and many others to try to determine to what extent other illnesses may or may not be associated with abnormal DHEA levels, and may be treated non-pharmocologically, by adjusting those levels therapeutically.
In 1999, Dr. Shealy retired from actively seeing patients, and spends his time now dedicated to further research and teaching. Having begun his career by alternative forms of treatment for patients, he now desires, through research, teaching, and writing, to blend what he and others have learned via his discoveries with the more traditonal approaches to medicine, allowing his approaches to benefit patients in all medical specialties.
Norm and his wife of 40 years, Mary-Charlotte, live in Missouri, where Chardy is also known world-wide for her Success-Centered Riding and Training. When Norm and Chardy aren't ''horsing around'', they enjoy visits from their three children; Brock, an attorney in Kansas City and Atlanta; Craig, a clinical psychologist teaching in Virginia; and Laurel, an attorney in Springfield, MO. They also dote on their five grandchildren.
C. Norman Shealy entered Duke University at age 16 and Duke Medical School at 19. He was elected to both Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha honor societies and became the permanent class officer of his graduating medical school class. He interned in Internal Medicine at Duke and then had a year of General Surgery at Banes Hospital, followed by a five year residency in Neurosurgery at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital. He is Board Certified in Neurological Surgery. In 1961 he spent 9 months working with Sir John Eccles, Nobel Laureate, at the Australian National University. In 1977 he earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from Saybrook Institute, the leading Humanistic Psychology school. And he received a Doctor of Science degree from Ryodoraku Institute.
He then spent 3½ years at Western Reserve Medical School, where his research led to both Dorsal Column Stimulation and Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS™), both now used worldwide to help control pain. In 1966 he became Chief of Neurosciences at Gundersen Clinic, one of the 10 largest clinics in the U.S. In 1971 he founded the first comprehensive pain and stress management clinic in the world. The Shealy Institute was recognized for several years as the most successful and most cost effective pain clinic in the U.S. Over a 30 year period his clinic treated over 30,000 chronically ill patients with a remarkable 85% success rate.
His other contributions include:
- Winner of first Harold G. Wolff award for excellence in pain research
- Biogenics®, a ''software'' system for biofeedback training and self-regulation
- Facet rhizotomy, a safe technique for management of back pain
- Medical Intuition as a diagnostic tool
- Trained several notable Medical Intuitives, including Caroline M. Myss
- Cranial Electrical Stimulation for control of depression
- Founder and first President of American Holistic Medical Association
- Founded the Ambrose and Olga Worrall Institute for Spiritual Healing
- Founded Holos Institutes of Health, Inc., a 502-C-3 organization for research and education
- Developed the concept of neurochemical profiling as critical diagnostic systems for depression
- Developed the Shealy RelaxMate™, the most successful adjunct for relaxation
- Discovered 4 unique natural techniques for rejuvenating the body’s ability to make DHEA, the most critical hormone for determining health
- Developed an advanced computerized traction table for treatment of headache and back pain
- Demonstrated that transdermal application of magnesium is much more effective than oral supplementation
- Developed the SheLi TENS™, accepted by the FDA for treatment of pain
- Co-Founded with Caroline Myss the American Board for Scientific Medical Intuition
- Founded and is President of Holos University Graduate Seminary, a graduate school, accredited by New Thought Accreditation Commission, offering doctoral degrees in spiritual healing and Energy Medicine
- Has 9 United States patents
- Holistic Person of the Year, 1985, AHMA
- Stress Award, 1997, American Institute of Stress
- Elmer and Alyce Green Award, 1998, ISSSEEM
- Pearl Award, 2000, Bio-Medical Synergistics Education Institute
- Founding Diplomate, American Board of Holistic Medicine, 2000
- O. Spurgeon English Humanitarian Award, 2002, Temple University
- Senior Fellow Emeritus, 2003, Biofeedback Certification Institute of America
- Professor Emeritus of Energy Medicine, Greenwich University
He has over 312 publications, including 23 books. His first major public book, 90 DAYS TO SELF-HEALTH sold 130,000 copies.
He has appeared on numerous national TV programs, including The Tomorrow Show, The Joan Rivers program, Geraldo, Good Morning, America, the Today Show, Oprah, the Wisdom Channel, and scores of regional and local television and radio programs. He has had for 20 years the most popular call-in radio show in the Ozarks on KWTO, 560 AM. He publishes a free weekly e-newsletter.
Since 1971 he has lectured worldwide at hundreds of medical schools, universities, hospitals and churches, with up to 100 appearances each year.
Many of us have not heard of the Brazilian superfruit, Açai, but it’s making a statement rather quickly in America these days. I have been working in natural food stores for the past two years and have seen a massive grown interest in this Amazon fruit. I am going to introduce this fruit in a little different way, by giving it’s extensive benefits and reasons why you should pick up a bottle or frozen puree today! (I’m not getting any commission on this stuff, I just absolutely love it.) If you don’t already know the rundown and history of this soon-to-be berry that overtakes the America and the world, just wait until tomorrow. After tasting this berry and reading all of the endless benefits, just say goodbye to those blueberries–there’s a new, better, and more flavorful antioxidant in town!!!
First, for us not so literate in Portuguese, Açai is pronounced: AH-sci-EE
Great for the body:
* Stress relief- the acai berry helps regulate stress levels and repairs the body.
* Detoxifies and cleanses the body- For centuries, Brazilians have used the berry to cleanse the body of contaminants.
* Increase of stamina & energy- Acai’s vast amounts of nutrients have helped provide athletes and surfers in Brazil with the energy and stamina that’s needed for such strenuous activities.
* Builds a strong body with lots of protein- Acai helps the build build itself up with the essential protein that keeps us ticking. It also has much more protein than an average egg.
* Anti-aging berry- The berry holds some of the highest amounts of antioxidants, so it keeps the body’s cells in tip-top condition.
* Defends from wrinkles- With its high levels of anthocyanins and phytosterols, acai helps protect connective tissues.
* Improves skin tone- The high naturally-occurring amount of phytosterols helps protect the skin’s protective coating, leaving its natural beauty!
The digestive system:
* Improved digestion- Its high fiber levels help improve the digestive tract, along with the colon, leaving it nice and healthy.
* Helps with acid-reflux disease- All of its antioxidants help reducing the acidity of stomach contents and help repair and protect the esophagus.
Men and women hot points:
* Helps prevent prostate enlargement (Men)- Once again, the high level of antioxidants help fight the possibility of an enlarged prostate. This is a growing concern in males, so this wouldn’t be a bad prevention method.
* Menstrual cycles (Women)- Acai’s very calcium-rich, which helps protect the stomach’s and uterus’ lining, which also helps reduce the pain of cramps and bloating.
Healthy heart and diabetes:
* Controls weight- The low glycemic index level helps controls the body’s appetite and delays hunger. This helps those trying to lose weight, who also get cravings to eat snacks throughout the day.
* Reduced bad cholesterol- Acai’s high fatty acids help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and supports HDL (good) cholesterol, which also leads to better overall circulation.
* Resistance to disease- Acai’s a great fruit to have around during flu season! All of the vast amounts of natural nutrients in acai helps strengthen the body’s natural defenses.
* Glucose and lipid levels- The very low glycemic index improves lipid and glucose levels in people with diabetes.
* Fends off free-radicals- Antioxidants in the berry help to rid these free-radicals which causes immune weakness.
* Fights arthritis pain- Natural anti-inflammatory properties offer relief for people with arthritis.
* Beats up asthma- Acai is packed with vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that serves as an anti-inflammatory to those with asthma.
Other great facts:
* Helps with sleep- Acai’s vitamin B’s help reduce stress and helps enable brain cells to communicate much easier.
* Improves clear thinking- Its Omega-3 fats are essential to get the brain’s mental functions and alertness to it’s top peak.
* Aids with vision- The natural beta carotene and vitamins promotes eye health and other degeneration in diabetics.
* Maintains good looking teeth and gums- The high calcium level helps strengthen and whiten teeth, along with preventing gingivitis and other gum diseases.
* It’s just oh so awesome!
How Will Your Health Improve With The Acai Berry?
Unless you've been living in a cave, you know that Acai (ah-sigh-EE) is considered the "new" super food to improve your health. Even Oprah is excited about it.
Of course, it's only "new" to the "civilized" world. Natives of the Amazon Rainforest have been using it for generations and it is reported to make up 42% of their diet.
And, guess what?
They don't get sick!
That's right. Acai is a major contributor to their amazing health.
The Acai fruit berry is now broadly used in energy juices, ice cream, and certain energy bars with granola. And we all know how popular granola bars and cereal are with anyone concerned about improving their health.
But that's not all.
Acai also boasts 10 times the antioxidant benefits of grapes and twice that of blueberries! It is very effective in such health areas as:
* Cardiovascular System
The good kind, the bad kind, what a royal pain it is to figure out which foods to eat to control it so you stay healthy?
Well, the Acai berry fruit is also extremely rich in Antocianine, an antioxidation substance which assists in combating free radicals and cholesterol.
Acai is also one of the richest foods in iron and is rich in fiber. That makes it highly recommended for people suffering problems with their digestive organs.
So, how else does the Acai berry and its juice improve health?
* It supports a healthy immune system
* It increases your energy, libido, and stamina
* It improves your mental focus and helps to clear your mind
* It improves your sleep
* It improves your digestion
* It promotes healthy skin, hair, and nails
In fact, Acai can help so many different health problems, it's no wonder that it's called a "super" food.
For example, Acai helps with Arthritis and Fibromyalgia.
Well, for one thing, the action of the antioxidants and micronutrients in the Acai berry help to heal cell membranes. This improves cell communication and metabolism, which leads to better joint health.
In addition, because the cells in connective tissues are better equipped to detoxify with the benefits of the Acai berry, the pain of fibromyalgia is reduced.
Considering how prevalent these two health problems are, it's easy to see why the Acai berry is becoming so popular.
Acai also helps with High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, and Strokes by improving the Nitric Oxide Synthas (NOS) pathway of inflammation, making the arteries less inflamed and oxidized.
Given the rapid cellular deterioration associated with Diabetes, anything that helps to counteract the affects of aging or heart disease may be helpful to a diabetic.
Acai can even help with Depression because its micronutrients improve detoxification pathways, eliminating xenobiotics that have been associated with depression and poor brain function. In fact, the high content of omega oils, vitamin B, and amino acids in the Acai berry help produce better neurotransmitters, improving brain cell communication and reducing the chances of mental dysfunction.
Let's consider some of the things that your food should contain to improve your health.
The Acai berry contains more proteins than an average egg. Experts say that 7.59% of the weight of the Acai pulp is from amino acids and that 19 different amino acids have been identified in Acai (amino acids are the building blocks of protein).
Acai provides a significantly broader spectrum of antioxidants than such well-respected foods as blueberries, grapes, and even oranges. Acai contains antioxidants that destroyed cultured human cancer cells in a recent University of Florida study.
The Acai berry is very rich in healthy unsaturated fats such as Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9.
Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, and E are all present in Acai. In fact, Acai berries contain as much Vitamin C as Blueberries and has over 1000 IU of Vitamin A for every 100 grams of Acai.
In addition, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Copper, and Zinc are also found in Acai.
Talk about a health food!
We could go on and on about the benefits to your health of the Acai berry.
The bottom line is this:
If you're not enjoying this delicious fruit, either whole or in juice form, then you're losing out on an easy way to improve your health.
So, what are you waiting for? Go get some Acai!
Article by Terry Nicholls
More facts on Acai
Acai (ah-sigh-ee) is an all-natural energy fruit from Amazon palmberries. Harvested in the rainforests of Brazil, Açai tastes like a vibrant blend of berries and chocolate, and has been used for thousands of years by the natives of Brazil who believe this magical fruit to have amazing healing and nutritional properties. Valley’s traditional Acai Bowl is blended into a smooth, yogurt-like texture and topped with home-made granola. It is magically delicious any time of day, as a snack, a meal or desert.
Acai was recently featured on Oprah as being the top super food for age-defying beauty. It is a fruit that grows naturally in the Amazon Rain Forest. Acai has a high concentration of lipids that create a prolonged surge in energy without the glycemic crash one commonly experiences with sugar or caffeine. While there are many different berry and fruit juices on the market, Acai contains the most complete array of vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids, and has more protein than an egg. Studies show that Acai has up to thirty-three times the antioxidant content as red wine grapes. No other berry or fruit product comes close to matching the nutritional and antioxidant content of Acai.
CLINICAL RESEARCH on ACAI
Brazilian berry destroys cancer cells in lab, UF study shows
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A Brazilian berry popular in health food 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 today in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the study showed extracts from acai (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.
“Acai berries are already considered one of the richest fruit sources of antioxidants,” Talcott said. “This study was an important step toward learning what people may gain from using beverages, dietary supplements or other products made with the berries.”
He cautioned that the study, funded by UF sources, was not intended to show whether compounds found in acai berries could prevent leukemia in people.
“This was only a cell-culture model and we don’t want to give anyone false hope,” Talcott said. “We are encouraged by the findings, however. Compounds that show good activity against cancer cells in a model system are most likely to have beneficial effects in our bodies.”
Other fruits, including grapes, guavas and mangoes, contain antioxidants shown to kill cancer cells in similar studies, he said. 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, slated to conclude in 2006, will investigate the effects of acai’s antioxidants on healthy human subjects, Talcott said. 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 acai berries, which contain at least 50 to 75 as-yet unidentified compounds.
“One reason so little is known about acai berries is that they’re perishable and are traditionally used immediately after picking,” he said. “Products made with processed acai berries have only been available for about five years, so researchers in many parts of the world have had little or no opportunity to study them.”
Talcott said UF is one of the first institutions outside Brazil with personnel studying acai berries. Besides Talcott, UF’s acai research team includes Susan Percival, a professor with the food science and human nutrition department, David Del Pozo-Insfran, a doctoral student with the department and Susanne Mertens-Talcott, a postdoctoral associate with the pharmaceutics department of UF’s College of Pharmacy.
Acai berries are produced by a palm tree known scientifically as Euterpe oleracea, common in floodplain areas of the Amazon River, Talcott said. When ripe, the berries are 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 acai berries to treat digestive disorders and skin conditions, he said. Current marketing efforts by retail merchants and Internet businesses suggest acai products can help consumers lose weight, lower cholesterol and gain energy.
“A lot of claims are being made, but most of them haven’t been tested scientifically,” Talcott said. “We are just beginning to understand the complexity of the acai berry and its health-promoting effects.”
In the current UF study, six different chemical extracts were made from acai 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 UF study demonstrates that research on foods not commonly consumed in the United States is important, because it may lead to unexpected discoveries, said Joshua Bomser, an assistant professor of molecular nutrition and functional foods at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
But familiar produce items have plenty of health-giving qualities, he said.
“Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with decreased risk for many diseases, including heart disease and cancer,” said Bomser, who researches the effects of diet on chronic diseases. “Getting at least five servings a day of these items is still a good recommendation for promoting optimal health.”
Other Important High Antioxidant Fruits
Pomegranates are nearly round, 2-1/2 to 5 in. wide fruit crowned at the base by the prominent calyx.
The tough, leathery skin or rind is typically yellow overlaid with light or deep pink or rich red.
The interior is separated by membranous walls and white, spongy, bitter tissue into compartments packed with sacs filled with sweetly acid, juicy, red, pink or whitish pulp or aril.
In each sac there is one angular, soft or hard seed full of Omega 5 oils (CLA).
The arils (seed casings) of the pomegranate are consumed raw. The entire seed is eaten, though the fleshy outer portion of the seed is the part that is desired. The taste differs depending on the variety of pomegranate and its state of ripeness.
Pomegranate juice is a popular drink in the Middle East, and is also used in Iranian and Indian cuisine; it began to be widely marketed in the U.S. in 2004.
Pomegranate concentrate is used in Syrian cuisine. Grenadine syrup is thickened and
sweetened pomegranate juice; it is used in cocktail mixing. Before the tomato arrived
to the Middle East, grenadine was widely used in many Persian foods; it can still
be found in traditional recipes. The juice can also be used as an antiseptic when
applied to cuts. In addition, Pomegranate seeds are sometimes used as a spice and the seeds are the best source of Omega 5 or CLAoils.
The primary commercial growing regions of the world are the Near East, India and
surrounding countries and southern Europe. In California commercial cultivation is
centered in the southern San Joaquin Valley.
One pomegranate delivers 40% of an adult's daily vitamin C requirement. It is also a
rich source of folic acid and of antioxidants.
Recent research into the health benefits of Pomegranates has created unprecedented
demand both in the United States and Europe.
Recent studies have been published showing a positive relationships between pomegranate consumption and prostate cancer, carotid arteries and hypertension.
The pomegranate and its color have been the object of great fascination, particularly
in Oriental cultures. The Arabs were great admirers and promoters of its cultivation,
making it the symbol of the Moslem Kingdom of Granada in the southern Iberian Peninsula.
The scarlet blossoms of the pomegranate appear
as dazzling flames against the dark green backdrop of the tree's leaves. The tiny
beads of fruit, full of precious oil and juice, are brilliant as drops of blood or
rubies. These drops of blood from the pomegranate when consumed will help to
build healthy red blood cells, according to the ancients who wrote the "Law of Similars".
King Solomon compared the cheeks of his beloved to the pomegranate three thousand years ago.
Here at the Rancho del Sol, in sunny Valley Center, California, the home of the pH Miracle Center, we are happy to say that we also grow pomegranates, along side our avocados and
grapefruits for very special and important life saving reasons.
The pomegranate is quite rich in vitamins C, E, and B6, containing, as well, significant
amounts of B1, B2, and niacin. The most abundant minerals are potassium for
alkalizing, copper for purification, and iron for building hemoglobin.
Among its non-nutritive components the following are worth noting:
Tannins, in small amounts. These are much more prevalent in the rind of the fruit or
in the membrane that separate the seed sacs.
These tannins have an astringent and
anti-inflammatory effect on the mucosa
of the digestive tract.
Anthocyanins are reddish or bluish vegetable
pigments belonging to the flavonoid group
act as antiseptics and anti-inflammatory
substances in the digestive tract and as potent antioxidants within the body cells,
halting the aging process and cancerous acidic degeneration.
Pelletierine is an alkaloid and is effective vermifuge (expulses intestinal parasites)
that is found primarily in the bark of the
roots of the tree. The rind and the membranes also contain this alkaloid, but not the seed sacs.
Together, thee components give the pomegranate the following properties: astringent,
anti-inflammatory, vermifuge, remineralizer, alkalinizer, antioxidant, and depurant.
The pomegranate is suitable in cases of outfectious diarrhea caused by excess
acidity leading to gastroenteritis or colitis because of its astringent and
anti-inflammatory action on the digestive tract. It is also beneficial in cases
of flatulence or intestinal cramps. Surprising results have been achieved
in chronic cases such as ulcerative colitis or granulomatous colitis (Chrohn's dis-ease).
Intestinal parasites, tenia or tapeworm, in particular are eliminated by eating the inner walls of the pomegranate.
Because of its astringent action it reduces the production of hydrochloric acid and
thus reduces inflammation in an irritated stomach.
The pomegranate contains a significant amount of copper at 70 ug/100g., a trace
element that helps to purify the blood as well as helps in the absorption of iron in building red blood cells.
Because of its rich content of flavonoids and antioxidant, which halt the processes of arterial aging, the pomegranate seed oil is recommended in cases of reduced arterial blood flow. It is very beneficial in heart attack prevention and cardiac health in general.
Blueberries may unlock the mystery of Alzheimer's and other brain diseases, according to a new joint study by scientific institutes in Boston, Baltimore, and Baton Rouge, La.
Researchers believe the lowly blueberry may hold the key to preventing or at least slowing down several different dis-eases that ravage mental abilities while leaving physical health untouched.
Experiments on rats treated to come down with aging illnesses showed that those with blueberries in their diet had less brain cell loss and overall better brain behavior than those on a diet without blueberries.
Scientists believe the rich supply of anti-oxidants in blueberries, which are already known to help prevent heart disease, may also help slow brain deterioration.
A spokesman for the journal Neurobiology of Aging,
which published the study, said, "Blueberries have long been dubbed a wonder fruit.
Scientists have discovered yet another reason why the blueberry lives up to its reputation."
Blueberries are small fruits rarely reaching more than a centimeter in diameter, and growing on a small, unobtrusive bush. Some may think they areinsignificant. But they are not!
Blueberries also act to protect the walls of the capillaries and veins because of their anthocyanin content. They reduce the acids that can cause inflammation and swelling in the tissues. Their
regular consumption is recommended in cases of swollen lower extremities, varicose veins, phlebitis, and varicose ulcers, as well as hemorrhoids.
The anthocyanins improve retinal function and visual acuity.
Thus blueberries are highly recommended in cases of diabetes, hypertension, or arteriosclerosis, dis-eases that affect the retina, producing a loss of visual acuity.
Bilberry is often said to improve night vision, and the story is told of RAF pilots in World War II using bilberry for that purpose. A recent study  by the U.S. Navy found no effect, however, and the origins of the RAF story are unclear; it does not appear to be well known in the RAF itself.. Studies (, ) have shown that bilberry can reduce or reverse effects of degenerative eye disorders such as macular degeneration.