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Acai Berry - Health Benefits?

The Acai berry hasn't been around, outside of South America, for very long. One of the reasons is that, once it's picked, it's nutrients decay quite rapidly. However, modern techniques have overcome this problem and Acai is now transported to almost every country in the world.

Because of our relatively recent exposure to Acai, research on it's health benefits are limited, although
intial research shows a very positive effect on cardiovascular disease, anti-aging, cancer and weight loss. The studies conducted at the University of Florida and Science Daily looks very positive.

Also, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has initiated studies to look at the link between antioxidant rich food (Acai is one of the richest) and aging. Here are some direct quotes from the USDA website -

"Studies at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston suggest that consuming fruits and vegetables with a high-ORAC value may help slow the aging process in both body and brain."

Ronald L. Prior, the researcher for the USDA study went on to suggest that "the ORAC measure may help define the dietary conditions needed to prevent tissue damage."

"Science has long held that damage by oxygen free radicals is behind many of the maladies that come with aging, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. There's firm evidence that a high intake of fruits and vegetables reduces risk of cancer and that a low intake raises risk. And recent evidence suggests that diminished brain function associated with aging and disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases may be due to increased vulnerability to free radicals, says Joseph, a neuroscientist."

"Can Foods Forestall Aging?", published in the February 1999 issue of Agricultural Research magazine.

It is clear that the potential health benefits of eating high ORAC value foods should not be underestimated and Acai berry health benefits in perticular.

It is well known that berries in general are very good for you, but  this little berry sits at the very top. Ounce for ounce, it's one of the most densely nutritious and powerful foods available while providing numerous healthy benefits. The Acai berry is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids and dietary fiber, it has a cholesterol lowering effect and helps to maintain a healthy heart.

The following health benefits have been associated with the Acai fruit -

anti-aging protection
protection against cardiovascular heart disease
protection against degenerative diseases such as and cancer
helps to keep arteries from hardening
increased energy levels and vitality
increased immune system to ward off colds, flu and other diseases
healthier looking skin
improved vision
improved blood circulation
better sleep
enhanced weight loss