Acai Berry Health Facts

The Acai Berry has now become a very interesting food to the world over especially for those who want to lead healthy lifestyles. This particular fruit whose name is pronounced as "a sigh ee" contains large amounts of antioxidants as well as amino and essential fatty acids and high nutritional properties. Native Brazilians have been eating this particular berry for many centuries and there are many legends surrounding its incredible powers to heal and sustain the body. Below we provide you with further facts on the Acai berry and how it is beneficial to the human body.

The Acai Berry contains fatty acids known as Omega 6 and Omega 9, and in studies carried out it has been proved that these two particular fatty acids will help a person to maintain cholesterol levels that are healthy for their body. It is also important to note that this particular berry contains a monounsaturated oleic acid which can help the body to absorb Omega 3 oils through its cell membranes more easily as well.

Many environmental agencies including Greenpeace are great stalwarts of this particular berry as it is now providing the natives of Brazil with an alternative industry to get money in to the countries coffers. Rather than them having to carry out tree clearing operations and so reduce the amount of Amazon rain forest even further. In fact this particular fruit is now being able to provide incomes to those people who live in a much poorer part of Brazil. But not only does it provide them with an income and is also helping to prevent further harm being made to the Amazon Rainforest the cultivation of this particular berry has also meant that much less land is now needing to be cleared for cattle. So with so many beneficial effects on the environment today the Acai Palm tree is often referred to by Brazilians as the "Tree of Life".

Each of the Acai palm trees is able to produce around 20 kilograms of fruit annually. Today the wine that is produced from the berries is now the second most important export from Brazil after wood. In the city of Belem where the berries are sent more than 30,000 people are now employed on a daily basis in order to keep up with the demand from around the globe.

A mere 100 grams or 3.5 ounces of this berry when it comes in freeze dried powder form contains all of the following amounts of nutrients which are essential for our bodies to remain fit and healthy. 8.1g of Protein, 44.2g of Fiber 260mg of Calcium and 4.4mg of Iron. It contains enough Vitamin A equivalent to 1002 IU, contains 19 different Amino Acids including Aspartic Acid and Glutamic Acid. Contains 319 mg of Anthocyanin including Cyandin 3-Glucoside and Cyandin 3-Rutinoside.

This particular berry contains flavonoids known as Anthocyanins which can also be found in rend wine and which is believed to contribute towards the "French Paradox". The French drink large amounts of red wine and have one of the lowest number of people suffering from heart problems even though many of them are smokers and their diets are very high in saturated fat and cholesterol.

In studies carried out in the USA it has been found recently that the juice of the Acai berry could destroy up to 4/5ths of all cancer cells in the body because of the antioxidant properties contained within it. In fact this particular berry has twice as many cancer beating antioxidants in it compared to blueberries.

As well as containing good levels of Omega 6 and Omega 9 the Acai Berry is also rich in fiber, calcium and vitamins. Yet compared to many other fruits that we consume has very low amounts of calories. Doctors have found that not only can this particular berry help to fight leukemia, but can also help to slow down premature ageing as well as increase a person's libido. In fact in studies carried out by the University of Florida found that extracts of this particular berry were able to trigger a self destruct response in around 86% of all the cultured leukemia cells that were tested.

As you can see from the facts we have provided above there are many benefits to be gained from including this particular fruit into your dietary requirements. Certainly those people who have been consuming these berries whether in juice or powdered form on a regular basis have found that they have much more energy and vitality as well as increased stamina levels. They have also found that their digestive and circulation systems have also been greatly improved through including this in their diet. However when it comes to purchasing any supplements that include Acai Berry within them make sure it contains only 100% freeze dried Acai within it. There are spray dried Acai Berry powders, but although they are much cheaper than the 100% freeze dried type they do not contain the same properties.

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