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The Most Powerful Antioxidant: Açaí

Filed Under: Supplements at 1:20 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Acai SeedsAntioxidants 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.

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4 Responses to “The Most Powerful Antioxidant: Açaí”

  1. "Mac" says:

    I’ve found it harder to find acai juice (the actual fruit is just about impossible to acquire) than most other quite good antioxidants including pomegranate juice. [Interestingly, Dove ice cream has a pomegranate ice cream bar with a dark chocolate shell which is quite delicious, almost never in stock when one looks for it, and very few stores or grocers carry it. How tasty to get your pomegranate dose this way, though!] I’ve gone out of my way to stock up on the deeply colored fruits and vegetables and found a specific produce grocer in Costa Mesa, CA, to be our best friend-Grower’s Market. They stock the largest, best tasting, freshest, and definitely best priced fruits and vegetables year round so it’s easy to get the biggest and best blackberries, raspberries, broccolli and the like all the time. What are your favorite foods with high phytonutrient levels?

  2. Ashley says:

    I have been doing a lot of research lately on the Acai berry, so this is some more great info. You can check out my blog too- It is about a new antioxidant supplement out and one of the ingredients is the Acai Berry. I am going through the list of all the ingredients and researching them to find out how beneficial Jus really is. Thanks for the insight!

  3. flavia says:

    I love acai, im born and raised in Rio, used to eat acai everyday.

  4. Mr. Black says:

    I heard Acai can have Viagra-like powers of vitality. Anyone else find that to be the case?

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