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OCT

Acai: A Brazilian Beauty

Filed Under: Health Foods at 1:58 pm | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
AcaiTo the people of the Amazon, the acai berry is no stranger. Legend casts it as a savior, a fruit that was discovered in a time of famine and used to bring a tribe back from the brink of extinction.  Whether or not that’s true, the acai has been consumed for thousands of years in Brazil, adored for its nutritional benefits. But in the Western world, acai has been little more than an easily mispronounced word . . . until recently.

America’s current love affair with exotic berries has brought the acai  new found fame and popularity. It’s being called the miracle fruit and for good reason. The acai is brimming with nutrients including fiber, essential fatty acids, phytochemicals, vitamins B, C and E, protein, potassium and calcium.  It has at least 10 times the antioxidant power of a red grape and up to 30 times the anthocyanins of red wine.  It’s reported to give you a teenager’s energy and youth’s stamina. It can help, via its nutrients, improve your cholesterol, reduce blood clotting and maintain the regularity of the cardiac system. And preliminary tests suggest that it may help combat leukemia (only laboratory research has been done – human studies are needed for conclusive evidence). So, the only question that remains is why haven’t you started eating it yet?

It could be that the acai, while hugely popular in name, isn’t always easily located. Right now, the purple berry is most often found in health food stores, in juice form. However, that’s changing. Its peppy rewards are making it a popular shake ingredient, and you can get it in capsule form as well. Unfortunately until “a-sigh-ee” is a household pronunciation, you’ll probably have difficulty finding it as a berry. But with Oprah and Matt Lauer praising its powers, it shouldn’t be too long before the chocolaty orb makes its home in the produce aisle.

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3 Responses to “Acai: A Brazilian Beauty”

  1. Lita says:

    It is a fact that the acai berry is extremely good for overall nutrition, not all Acai products are made alike… The health benefits of different acai products vary vastly based on the process in which the acai berries are turned into those products as well as other added ingredients put into each acai product.

  2. likemusic72 says:

    I have just started to use this Acai berry actually, and already see some changes ( well at least I think) as somehow my body seems to work like ”better” , If I will be able to lose 20pounds with this till summer that would be AWESOME!

  3. Andy jack says:

    Acai is the high-energy berry processed from a special Amazon palm tree. Its nutritional benefits are so powerful than any other fruits or tree.

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