Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Acai the Amazonian Superfruit
The palm-like Acai (Ahh-si-eee) is one of the Amazon forest's most celebrated trees- all thanks to its luscious blueberry-chocolate flavored berries and their long heralded nutritional support for well-being. Acai is loaded with antioxidants that help protect against free radicals that can damage cells, including those of the joints, heart, skin, immune system and eyes! A staple of the Amazonian diet for centuries, Acai features a dense nutritional profile that is perfect for promoting overall health.
A study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry confirmed Acai's antioxidant qualities. Study participants who received Acai pulp and juice, compared to placebo, were found to have elevated antioxidant capacity in their blood within four hours of consuming Acai. Another study that analyzed Acai's nutritional content found the berry to naturally contain multiple flavonoids and anthocyanins, antioxidant compounds that help support overall health and wellness.