Acai berries and supplements have been growing more popular with more studies linking acai to improved health. Because acai is one of the most powerful antioxidants, it can help improve skin tone and energy levels.
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Acai is a small fruit which grows from the acai palm tree native to Central and South America. The palm trees are usually found in swamps and rain forests. Similar to a grape, the acai berry is a small, round fruit. Most of the berries have about a 1 inch diameter. The berries can be either purple or green, depending on maturity. The seed makes up a large portion of the fruit, but the pulpy mesocarp is packed with antioxidants, healthy fats, and amino acids.
Healthy fats like omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 help combat signs of again. Omega fats have also been linked to reducing risk of cardiovascular disease and lowering bad cholesterol. About 37.5% of an acai berry is made of these healthy unsaturated fats.
Antioxidants are nutrients and enzymes that are found naturally in some foods. Anthocyanins in antioxidants help protect the body. The anthocyanins also provide the dark color of most berries.
The flavanoids in antioxidants protect cells from free radical damage. The gathering of free radicals can result in premature aging. Free radicals are charged atoms because they either have an excess or deficiency of an electron. Acting as scavengers, the free radicals damage the body while trying to steal or give and electron. When this happens, cells, proteins, and DNA can be damaged. Some free radicals result from aerobic respiration, metabolism, and inflammation. Additional free radicals come from pollution, smoking, and alcohol, and can be avoided.
Antioxidants also strengthen the immune system and help with some chronic diseases.
Antioxidants may help prevent development of:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
Some antioxidant-rich foods include:
- Berries: Acai, cranberries, strawberries, and blueberries.
- Fruits: Oranges, limes, and peaches.
- Vegetables: Carrots, broccoli, and tomatoes.
The acai berry can only be eaten 24 hours after being picked from the acai palm. This makes it nearly impossible for those not living in Central or South America to enjoy fresh acai berries. There are other ways to obtain the benefits from this powerful antioxidant, however.
For example, Dr. Perricone’s Super Berry Powder with freeze dried acai. The powder tastes great and contains antioxidant rich acai, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, and blackberries.
Super Berry Powder with Acai helps:
- Protect against free radical damage
- Boost energy
- Improve well being
- Speed brain function
- Give anti-inflammatory benefits
- Fight disease and wrinkles
Mix Super Berry Powder with Acai into one glass of water daily, or add the powder to a favorite smoothie recipe.
Try Dr. Perricone’s easy Super Berry Powder Recipe.
- 1 packed Super Berry Powder with Acai
- 1 cup yogurt
- 1 cup fresh fruit
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