16 May '09

Acai Berries

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Medical research studies conducted on the Acai berries indicate

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The proanthocyanidine contents in Acai are 10 to 30 times the anthocyanins (these are the purple colored antioxidants) in red wine per volume. Although the French have a high fat diet, they have a low incidence of cardio vascular disease compared to the western countries. They attribute this factor to their consumption of red wine.

  • Acai berries can help promote a healthier cardio vascular system and digestive tract. Because of its synergy of monounsaturated (these are the healthily fats), dietary fiber and phytosterols.
  • An excellent source of fiber! Fiber promotes a healthy digestive system. Research studies suggest soluble fibers may help lower blood cholesterol, and the insoluble fiber may help to reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancers.
  • Essential amino acid complex along with trace minerals, which are vital for proper muscle contraction and regeneration.
  • Aside from the energy and fluid replacement, Acai provides a nutrition profile complete with vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6 & 9).
  • The fatty acid ratio in Acai resembles that of olive oil. Studies suggest this is a contributing factor to the low incidence of heart disease in Mediterranean populations.
  • Acai berries contain plant sterols including beta-sitosterol. Today, sterols are being used to treat associated benign prostate dyperplasia. These plant sterols have also been shown to help control cholesterol as well as act as precursors to many important substances produced by the body.
  • Omega Fatty Acids: (Omega 9, Omega 6, and Omega 3). These mono-saturated essential fatty acids help lower LDL (harmful cholesterol) while maintaining HDL (beneficial cholesterol). This unique ratio resembles the same combination as olive oil. Omega fatty acids combat heart disease by increasing healthy cell development. Omega fatty acids are essential for healthy nervous system development and regeneration. They help rapidly repair and rejuvenate muscles after intense exercise.
  • Amino Acids: Acai contains an almost perfect essential amino acid complex. This is vital for proper muscle contraction and regeneration, and for endurance, strength, sustained energy and muscle development.
  • Natural Vitamin E: to protect against aging.
  • Theobromine: acts as a bronchial dilator to help open air passage ways in the lungs. This increased air capacity helps in oxygen intake, which increases endurance, strength, and athletic performance.
  • Photosterols: These complex compounds of plant cell membranes are used to treat symptoms associated with BPH, (benign prostate hyperplasia). Photosterols also help promote a healthy cardiovascular system and contributes to a healthy digestive tract.

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