Sunday, October 11, 2009

Is Losing Weight Through The Acai Berry Diet Genuine?

By Sara M Perry

If you have been researching diet and weight loss of late you have no doubt heard about the incredible acai berry and the acai berry diet plan. Claims are that you can lose a bunch of weight just by consuming this wholesome little berry that tastes like blueberries dipped in dark chocolate and is grown only in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. Reading the claims you might think that you have stumbled upon a perfect solution.

Well the fact is that the acai berry, which is only found in the Brazilian rainforest, will not help you drop any more weight than the blueberry that is found in the state of Maine. There are no magic bullets or mystical potions when it comes to weight loss.

But the acai berry can be helpful to your weight loss efforts and it can be of help when it comes to the prevention of diseases, the slowdown of the aging course of action and the reduction of inflammation in our bodies since this teeny little berry is one of the most nutritious foods ever found in nature.

The Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity or the ORAC score is the way the antioxidant capacity is measured in foods. The acai berry has one of the highest ORAC scores ever found in a food. It actually has more than 10 times the amount of antioxidants as red grapes and even twice as much as blueberries, which are an alternative powerful fruit.

The acai berry is also high in the essential fatty acids Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9. Up to 50% of the edible pulp is comprised of these fatty acids and monounsaturated oleic acid, which is the same healthy fat that is found in olive oil.

It is also surprisingly strange that this berry contains the 19 amino acids that are the building blocks of protein. Not only that but the acai berry in addition contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E and the minerals potassium, magnesium, copper, calcium and zinc.

The acai berry is really perishable and it has only been in very recent times that it has been offered outside of Brazil at all. The berries ought to be processed within 24 hours of removal from the tree in order to maintain the nutritional integrity of the fruit. Dissimilar processing methods yield different results and the best way to process these berries is with a freeze-drying method.

No, the acai berry is not a magical fruit that will help you lose weight but it is an extremely healthy food that can help your body in achieving optimal health and wellness and when you do that your body responds in a positive manner to diet and exercise and the weight can then more easily come off.

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