Perhaps you’ve heard the buzz surrounding the Acai Berry, the “superfood” that is growing in popularity all over the world. Have you wondered why it has generated such a strong following from the medical community, the celebrity stars that use it and hundreds of thousands of others who are devoted to it?
This little purple berry is anything but small when it comes to nutritional value. Oprah’s doctor, Dr. Perricone, points to the acai berry as his top superfood, his first recommendation for a healthy diet.
Grown in the Amazon rain forest, the acai berry is a small fruit, smaller than a grape. It is composes of a large seed surrounded by a small amount of pulp. There is no nutritional use for the seed; only the pulp is harvested for consumption.
What makes the acai so good for you? Primarily, it’s the ultra-high levels of anti-oxidants found in this tiny berry. It has one of the highest anti-oxidant levels of any food in the world. There are twice as many anti-oxidants in acai as there are in blueberries, and more than 10 times the number in grapes!
Antioxidants are so important to our body’s health because they combine with unstable atoms in our body called free radicals. When we have too many free radicals, they cause disease and fatigue, particularly free radicals in Oxygen cells. This process of turning a regular oxygen cell into a free radical is called oxidation.
We get free radicals from stressing our body – which happens in everyday living! Just walking, exercising, feeling stress, and breathing polluted air can produce free radicals. That’s why we need to consume plenty of anti-oxidants like those found in the acai berry!
Another great property of the acai berry is the anthocyanin content. Anthocyanins are the substance found in red wine grapes that help prevent heart disease. There is thirty times the amount of anthocyanins in acai berries as there is in red wine!
They are rich in Omega 3 and 6 fats – the healthy fats, and heavy in amino acids. There are 19 different amino acids, the building blocks of proteins that are vital to health. You’ll also find plant sterols that help with digestion and heart health, along with vitamins A, B1, B3, B2, C, and E. It’s an incredibly good source of vitamin C as well as potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper and zinc as well.
When you combine all of these health benefits with the high fiber and delicious taste of acai, it’s small wonder that this superberry is growing in popularity all over the world.
Besides Oprah and Dr. Perricone, Rachel Ray also promotes the acai berry, voting it the number one superfood in the world. Dr. Mehmet Oz, a respected doctor and author, also promotes acai berries for their high anti-oxidant content.
Other top stars use the acai to maintain their health and promote weight loss, including Kelly Slater, surf champ, matthew McConaughey, Mariano Rivera, Torii Hunder, Steve Burton and Kate Hudson.
Never start a dieting program without consulting your doctor first. The information i provide is solely for reference and based on personal experience. Individual experiences may vary and the above should not be taken in place of proper medical treatment by a professional. Always consult your Doctor before taking any medication.