While blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, and blackberries are loaded with nutrients, one berry stands above them all: the acai berry.
Only 10% of the acai berry is edible skin and pulp. The other 90% is seed. Quality acai products use only the skin and pulp, which provide the health benefits of acai. The skin and pulp of each tiny berry is packed with antioxidants, healthy fats, and fatty acids. Each of these powerful components provide benefits that fight aging, enhance the immune system, prevent health problems, and provide energy.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has studied the link between antioxidant rich food and aging using a measurement of antioxidant capacities in biological samples called Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity.
“Studies at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston suggest that consuming fruits and vegetables with a high-ORAC value may help slow the aging process in both body and brain.”
Ronald L. Prior, the USDA researcher, also said that science “has long held that damage by oxygen free radicals is behind many of the maladies that come with aging…There’s firm evidence that a high intake of fruits and vegetables reduces risk of cancer and that a low intake raises risk.”
The USDA recommends that your daily diet have an ORAC level of 3,000 to 5,000 units. Acai has an ORAC of 5,500 for every 100 grams.
Antioxidants, including flavanoids and anthocyanins, fight premature signs of aging, enhance the immune system and aid in preventing health problems such as heart disease and cancer. Flavanoids protect against free radicals, which are unstable molecules seeking an extra electron to stabilize themselves. They find these electrons in neighboring molecules and take them, which damages cellular structures and causes diseases and health issues. Anthocyanins are produced to protect the fruit and their benefits are transferred to your body when you eat acai.
Fats and Fatty Acids
Acai contains 37.5% healthy unsaturated fats. These healthy fats reduce the signs of aging because they assist in the absorption of healthy fats, making the cell membrane more supple and malleable so cell processes can occur more efficiently.
Additionally, acai includes several important fatty acids, which are vital to good health. The three most common forms of Omega Fatty Acids are Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9. These fatty acids are crucial for the development of cell structures in the body, especially in the brain.
- Omega-3 reduces inflammation, one of the major causes of aging.
- Omega-6 promotes blood clotting, supports skin health and lowers LDL cholesterol.
- Omega-9 functions as a monounsaturated oleic acid. Monounsaturated oleic acids, most commonly found in olive oil, promote malleability in cell membranes and assist cellular function productivity.
Unleashing the Power of Acai
A great source of acai is Dr. Perricone’s Super Berry Powder with Acai.
Super Berry Powder is loaded with the antioxidant power of acai, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, and cranberry. These powerful berries have anti-inflammatory benefits, fight disease and wrinkles, and encourage youth and vitality.