Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Benefits of Acai Berries

By Mary Hartz

Acai berries are the fruit of a palm tree found in South and Central America. Similar to a date, these fruits have a large central seed and a pulpy outer layer. It is within the pulp that all the benefits exist.

Antioxidants As we all know, antioxidants may be one of the most powerful cancer fighters available in nature. Antioxidants abound in the acai berry. Anthocyanins as well as a dozen different flavonoid-like compounds are among the beneficial ingredients found in both the juice and freeze-dried samples of acai. The antioxidant attributes can be found in the blood within two hours of eating it.

Inhibiting COX-1 and COX-2 Freeze dried acai berry power has been shown to have some ability to inhibit the production and effects of COX-1 and COX-2. When there is an early detection of cancer, these enzymes are visible in mutant cell structures.

Increased efforts in the field of research confirmed that the same power could be used to reduce experimental leukemia cells. This kind of research is good for people having a family based tendency for the disease as a possible source of preventative medicine.

Heart Health Acai berries are high in natural fiber and mono-unsaturated fats and also contain oleic acid. Combined with their shot of protein, these little fruits are a powerhouse of cardiac nutrition. Already well-favored by athletes, amateur and professional, acais popularity is quickly spreading to the masses. Adding acai to a regimen of heart healthy exercise and eating may produce even better results.

Buying your acai from a reputable source is very important due to the growing interest that acai products are generating. Scams abound as people try to cash in on this new trend. Buy acai products only from reputable websites and take the time to find out what percent of your purchase actually comes from the berry.

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It is now possible to buy acai berries in their raw form, as well as purchasing a number of excellent, highly concentrated fruit drinks made with the healthful and powerful acai berry.
The acai berry is truly one of nature’s most healing foods, and a worthy addition to any healthy diet.