Antioxidants seem to be the hottest topic of the moment. It’s getting nearly impossible to watch television without seeing a commercial saying “rich in antioxidants”. Magazines, newspapers, even internet pop-ups, they all have adds reminding us their products have antioxidants. True or false: Most of the time partially true, but not enough for your daily needs.
A recent report from the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences recommends raising the daily intake levels of antioxidants, vitamins C and E for both men and women. The addition of antioxidants to juices, cereals, nutritional bars, and dairy products may not guarantee you the benefits you are hoping to get. Most companies add Ascorbic Acid or Vitamin C as a fortified antioxidant. Yes, Vitamin C is definitely the most famous antioxidant but not the strongest guy in the family.
Supplement companies have developed very complete blends of antioxidants, using the most powerful herbal ingredients. Grape seed extract, lycopene, bilberry, beta carotene, blueberry, just to mention a few.
Can’t deal with tablets? How about some juice? You can also find great antioxidants juices supplements made from pomegranate, blueberry and goji berries, but most people don’t know the most powerful antioxidant: Açaí.
Açaí, (pronounced asa’i) is a fruit from South America widely found in the Amazon region. Several studies have showed the antioxidant strength of Açaí, classified by the standardized oxygen radical absorbance capacity or ORAC. The results are impressive: an average 10 times stronger then blueberry or cranberry juices, and twice stronger than second place, but still very powerful, pomegranate juice. The only problem with Açaí is its unusual taste, but most companies have found the perfect fruit combination (blueberries, mango, orange), making it very tasty as well.