There’s a lot of buzz in the health world lately about the acai antioxidant berry.
One of the main reasons is that it’s on Oprah’stop ten list of super foods. And of course, if Oprah mentions it, it is definitely buzz worthy.
The acai berry – pronounced “ah-sigh-ee” – comes from the Amazon rain forest, harvested from a palm tree.
The Yanomami natives called it “The Tree of Life.” To them it was a miracle food, a fruit that “holds unique power” and provided energizing sustenance.
Even today, for some traditional Caboclo communities in Brazil, acai berries account for 42% of their diet! These days, it has been “re-discovered” (aka: brought to North America) and also being touted as a miracle food.
It is supposed to be an amazing diet food, and people are making all sorts of claims about it: miraculous weight loss, hair re-growing, energy, clarity, longevity, etc. There is definitely substance to these claims.
This is because acai is one of the number one super foods in the world when it comes to antioxidants.
The new ORAC FN test places it’s value at 102 700 per 100 grams. To put that into perspective, the same amount of oranges is 2103, spinach is 1513, and cherries is 3747.
One little berry is super packed with an astounding variety of nutrients. Hence the title “acai antioxidant”!
The main antioxidants in acai are called anthocyanins, which have been shown to protect the body against peroxyl radicals, and peroxynitrite. It is also rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, which increase omega-3 fatty acid absorption (and make your hair shiny too!).
It’s not just the antioxidants; the berry has a wide nutritional profile, including the good fats oleic acid, palmitic acid, sitosterols and linoleic acid. It also contains iron, vitamin A, vitamin E, calcium, and amino acids.
Scientific testing has demonstrated that acai kills leukemia cells!
To me, this is astounding. Although I appreciate that science can back up all the claims that people have witnessed with acai berry consumption, I refuse to believe in science alone.
Physical human testimonials are the real proof, as well as natural cues (the bright violet pigment of the berry), and the berry’s historic use. For more info, see Health Benefits of Acai Juice – Information on the Acai berry’s high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and anthocyanins benefit overall health, weightloss, detoxification and beauty.
So…does that mean including a few pills of acai powder in your diet will help you lose weight?
It might give you great short term effects, but if you eat unhealthy otherwise, your whole diet might need an overhaul. Diet is much more complex than that, but there is no doubt that including acai in your diet is an improvement.
There is one main reason that it is so effective. Once your body becomes more nutritionally fulfilled with acai antioxidants, it stops craving other low nutrition food – junk food.
Acai could help you change an unhealthy diet altogether. It acts as an aid to cleansing and detoxifying, making the transition smoother.