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25, 3, 2019

WBC NUTRITION COMMITTEE: Acaí berries


By Dr. Phillip Goglia

Acaí berries contain high levels of minerals and oleic acid, the
healthy fat found in olive oil. These tart berries are commonly sold in grocery
stores in a blended, frozen form. Beware of the added sugar found in many acaí
smoothie bowls!

Fun Fact: Acaí is called the “beauty berry” in
Brazil where it originates from.

This antioxidant-rich fruit has been heralded for
centuries as a healing, immune-stimulating, energy-boosting fruit. Research has
shown that this antioxidant-rich berry may be able to fight the health problems
associated with oxidative damage, not to mention many other health benefits.

1.
Heart Health

Similar to red wine, research shows that acai berries are
extremely high in anthocyanins, a form of plant antioxidant
associated with the ability to lower cholesterol levels in the blood stream.
They are also rich in plant sterols that provide cardio-protective benefits to
our cells. It does this by preventing blood clots, improving overall blood
circulation, and relaxing the blood vessels.

2.
Resistant to Harmful Organisms

Scientists from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
have shown that consuming acai extract may help fight harmful organisms.
However, I recommend Oregano
Oil
for this task.

3.
Aids in Weight Loss

Known by nutritionists as a super-food, acai may help us
not only lose weight,
but maintain a healthy weight. One interesting study from the National
Institutes of Aging found that pulp from the acai berry had the ability to
reduce the negative effects of a high-fat diet in laboratory studies on flies.

4.
Promotes Skin Health

Currently, many modern beauty products are carrying acai
oil, again due to the oil’s high antioxidant content. What is more, acai oil is
a great natural alternative to chemical based skin-care products that harm the
skin in the long-run. Taken internally, the berries can also give your skin a
healthier glow. In fact,
Brazilians have been eating acai berries for centuries to treat skin
conditions.

5.
Helps Digestion

Taking acai may also aid in keeping our digestive system
clean and in optimal function. The berries have powerful detoxification
capacities in the human body and are a well-known traditional source of dietary
fiber. Of course, there are many other high fiber foods that can do the same
thing, including many other types of berries.

6.
Reduces Irritation

Acai berries contain properties may prevent the typical
irritation associated with respiratory distress.

7.
Improved Cellular Health

On a general level, the anthocyanins found in acai play a
role in our cellular protection system, helping to keep cells strong against
the invasion of free radicals.

8.
Immune Booster

Acai is very high in Vitamin C and ellagic acid, an
immune-system-boosting combination that has been shown to suppress the growth
of cancer. One study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry
found that polyphenolic compounds extracted from acai reduced cancer cell
proliferation by 56-86%. It is thought that acai’s phytochemcials can stop the
process of carcinogenesis on a molecular level, killing off tumorous cells
before they multiply. Acai berries are not a cure for cancer; but hopefully
more research will examine their benefits and potential role in the fight.

9.
Anti-Aging Effects

Extremely high in many forms of plant phytochemicals
(antioxidants), acai berries may contribute to an ability to slow or reverse
typical processes of aging related to oxidative damage. In fact, the berries
are one of the planets highest sources of antioxidants, with one berry holding
ten times the amount of antioxidants as grapes, and two times the amount of
blueberries.

10.
Energy Boost

Due its overall health benefits, taking acai extract can
lead to an increased overall level of energy and stamina, and may aid to combat
fatigue and exhaustion. Whenever you need a boost, simply eat a handful of
berries and you will be ready to go in no time!

11.
Better Sex

This famous red berry has also been linked to overall
increased blood circulation in the human body, a phenomenon that may contribute
to a boost in sex drive, especially for men.

12.
Improves Mental Function

Preliminary research studies show that acai may prevent
mental imbalance in menopausal women. Buy
organically-certified Acai. Not only are they safer, but taste better too. If
you can’t find acai berries, another good source of antioxidant fruits are goji berries.