Today, the Acai Berry (pronounced AH-SIGH-EE) has completely TAKEN OVER the wellness industry by storm and created it’s own revolution. You probably find that funny because up until two years ago no one had heard of it. Today, there are hundreds of acai based products available on the market ranging from smoothies, juices, yogurts, and many varieties of supplements. You may have seen this remarkable fruit being showcased on the Oprah Winfrey show, Rachel Ray, multiple news broadcasts, the internet, and most recently the CBS show “The Doctors.”
So, just what is all the hype?
These little black berries are about the size of a blueberry and originate from deep in the midst’s of the the Amazon rainforest where you can find about a third of the herbs and natural substances used in modern medicine today.
Acai berries, grown on acai palm trees, are considered to be one of the worlds top “super foods” as they are extremely rich in minerals, vitamins, essential fatty acids, fiber, omega-3 fats, and antioxidants.
Before being exported to North America, Amazonian’s have been consuming this product for centuries reaping the benefits of better health and improved vitality. Researchers have recorded astronomical antioxidant properties and unheard of nutritional contents. The acai berry has one of the highest ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) scores of any fruit on the planet which if you don’t know is good because it protects us from free radicals that put our health at risk.
We all know that a diet high in antioxidants is good for our health and can help protect our bodies from free radical damage and chronic disease. However, less that 20% of US adults consume the recommended amount of 5-9 servings of fruits a day. Most get less than one serving per day! Yikes! So, adding supplements such as antioxidant juices, especially those with acai included, can really help us increase our bodies ability to fight disease.
Acai berries are very small, 90% seed and 10% fruit, which is why so many of the products available are quite costly. Not only does it take a lot of berries to make an acai product but the preservation costs are astronomical, especially the best–the freeze drying process. The acai berry once harvested from the acai palms begin to lose their nutritional properties as quickly as 24 hours! Numerous tests have concluded that freeze-drying these berries best preserves the highest amount of nutrients. There are very few companies that actually use this form of preservation and only one that I know I trust and find reputable.
Acai juices are the best way to increase your fruit and vegetable intake each day. Protect yourself from disease and illness by consuming quality products high in antioxidants.
In a recent study conducted by the University of Florida, researchers found that 35-85% of human cancer cells were destroyed when exposed to the acai berry. Of course, this is just an preliminary study but one that is very positive and filled with hope. There are hundreds of studies being conducted to learn more about this amazing new Amazonian fruit. I am anxious to continue to learn more as they published.
Adding acai into your daily regime is something that I strongly recommend for better health and disease prevention. If you want my honest opinion about the best acai berry product on the market now, contact me and I would be happy to give you my recommendation for the best acai products.