Though smaller than a grape, acai is among the most beneficial fruits to human health. Perricone MD was one of the first to recognize the potential of this dark purple berry from the Amazon rainforest. He harnessed its benefits with products like the Super Berry Powder with Acai, and his discoveries received recognition by media outlets like Oprah and the New York Times.
As acai’s popularity has skyrocketed, many products of questionable quality have flooded the market. Super Berry Powder with Acai is made only with high-quality ingredients and is the only acai supplement endorsed by Dr. Perricone.
This article will discuss acai and its benefits, including:
What Can Acai Do for Me?
Acai’s deep purple color is not only distinctive, it indicates high concentrations of antioxidant pigments called flavonoids, a crucial part of the anti-inflammatory diet. Purple and reds colors in fruits result from a type of flavonoid called anthocyanin. Flavonoids provide potent protection from free radicals formed when the fruit is subjected to high levels of UV light. Oxygen free radicals form in all kinds of organisms. Free radicals are unstable molecules searching for an extra electron. They steal the electrons from neighboring molecules, damaging cellular structures and causing diseases and health issues in plants and humans.
In order to combat these free radicals, fruits such as acai, blueberries, and those with vitamin c ester develop large amounts of anthocyanins to stabilize, limit, or even reverse the damaging effects. The USDA measures antioxidant capacity through a method called Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC). ORAC quantifies a food’s ability to neutralize free radicals. They recommend your daily diet have an ORAC level of 3,000 to 5,000 units. However most diets, even ones that include five fruits and vegetable servings, fall short with only 1,000 ORAC units consumed daily.
Acai has an ORAC of 5,500 for every 100 grams, double the amount provided by blueberries and ten times more than red grapes. Anthocyanins produced to protect the fruit and transfer their benefits to your body when you eat acai.
On top of anthocyanins, acai provides healthy fats and beneficial fatty acids that work simultaneously on human cells. In fact, acai pulp contains 37.5% healthy unsaturated fats. The healthy fats, such as omega-3, 6 and 9, are key in developing cell structures in the body, especially the brain, and even fight cardiovascular disease.
Fatty acids, such as monounsaturated oleic acid (similar in structure to olive oil), assist in the absorption of healthy fats by cell receptors by making the cell membrane more supple and malleable, so other cell processes occur more efficiently.
In addition to combating cardiovascular disease with high levels of fatty acids, acai’s photosterols help the body resist cholesterol. Sterols are a group of important organic molecules produced by plants and animals. Sterols from plants are generally called photosterols, while cholesterols come from animals. Sterols are involved in multiple body processes, including being materials for cell membrane production.
In animal cells, cholesterol has two forms, high-density lipid (HDL) and low-density lipid (LDL) These are commonly referred to as good and bad cholesterol, respectively. Atherosclerosis happens when too much bad cholesterol (LDL) circulates in the bloodstream. Eventually, the cholesterol mixes with other substances and forms a thick, hard deposit that narrows arteries and makes them less flexible. Heart attacks or stokes are more likely if a clot forms in a narrowed artery.
Since the human body does not naturally produce photosterols, it doesn’t recognize them and can’t absorb them. In fact, human cells actually reject plant-based photosterols. Since photosterols and cholesterol are similar in structure, the same cells that reject the unabsorbable photosterols also start to reject the cholesterol. This lessens the amount of LDL cholesterol absorbed by the human body. Acai has high levels of these photosterols and is a great addition to a diet intended to reduce the possibility of cardiovascular disease.
Why Isn’t Acai at the Grocery Store?
Since it is so rich in nutrients and healthy fats, acai perishes quickly, approximately twenty-four hours after picking. Fresh acai pulp, which has a taste that resembles blended berries and chocolate, can only be enjoyed in the Amazon. Fortunately, both frozen pulp and freeze-dried acai powder contain all of the anthocyanins, healthy fats, and fatty acids of the berry and are available to a wider consumer audience.
Perricone‘s Super Berry Powder with Acai is a particularly high quality form of the fruit because it utilizes only the acai pulp. Other companies often use the acai pit, which has no nutritional value, as a filler. Although research into acai is still in the early stages, current evidence points to it being a superpower of a fruit. Its combination of antioxidants and healthy fats makes it an powerful aid in the maintenance of good health. You can buy Dr. Perricone’s Super Berry Powder with a Perricone coupon to get your product at a discounted price.
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