By: Victoria Ecklund
AÇAI THE SUPER FRUIT. The açai (“ah-sigh-ee”) fruit is a purple berry that is about the size of a small grape and grows on a palm tree in the Amazon and other places in South America. The berry provides a remarkable source of healthy fats, complete proteins and essential vitamins and minerals.
The fruit offers an excellent array of phytonutrients to protect against free radical damage, to slow the aging process, fight disease and promote optimal health. Native people in Brazil have traditionally used the açai berries to treat conditions ranging from digestive disorders and pain to a host skin conditions. Açai can make a significant difference in one’s overall health and quality of life. Dr Nicholas Perricone, M.D. Said, “The açai berry is one of the most nutritious and powerful foods in the world. Natures perfect energy fruit.” This fruit has been discussed on Oprah, NBC’s Today Show, and on Steve O’Brien’s CBS-FM New York radio show. In addition to its inclusion in several nutritional supplements, the Açai fruit has also made its way into a fruit smoothie in the popular chain Jamba Juice!
TOP 5 REASONS WHY WOMEN NEED THE AÇAI FRUIT
1. Skin: the açai fruit offers a host of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients essential to healthy supple skin. It also contains nineteen essential and non-essential amino acids. These amino acids are important to skin health they have collagen producing properties. An increase of collagen helps create more resilient skin, plump up fine lines, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. A healthy diet incorporating the açai fruit can help families maintain healthy and young-looking skin, prevent disease, feel better and live longer.
2. Vitamins: The vitamins found in the açai fruit are vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and vitamin E. These vitamins help boost the immune system, improve cellular function, and help reduce inflammation in connective tissue. Vitamin A stimulates collagen production; the complete collagen synthesis requires vitamin C. Some studies have shown that a higher intake of vitamin C can reduce the development of non-melanoma skin cancer.
3. Polyphenolic Flavonoids: Polyphenols are antioxidant compounds shown to have anit-inflammatory, anti-allergenic and immunostimulatory properties. Many skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea are fueled by inflammation; Açai fruit may be able to help with such conditions.
4. Energy: The açai fruit provides an array of nutrients that can help boost energy and performance in all aspects of life.
a. Iron: this mineral is vital for the production and activity of the red blood cells, and helps optimize the supply of oxygen to the body
and brain. If your iron levels are low, you will likely become tired and lacking concentration.
b. B12: this vitamin assists the red blood cells in their operation.
c. B1 and B2: these are crucial for cell energy metabolism in that they are required by cells to help in the manufacturing and metabolizing of energy sources.
d. Niacin: essential for proper metabolism of cellular energy.
e. Folic acid: A deficiency of this vitamin is linked to anemia, of which fatigue is a common result.
f. Magnesium: aids the body in cellular energy metabolism.
g. C and E: these participate in cellular energy production. Their antioxidant capabilities prevent cellular damage and protect the cells metabolic process.
5. High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Strokes: Did you know about half of Americans die from high blood pressure, heart disease or stroke? The high amino acid content of the açai fruit is helpful in reducing the risk of heart disease. Amino acid has been found to be critical to maintain a healthy lining of the arteries. Açai is also high in monounsaturated essential oils, fats and trace minerals, which are indispensable for cell membrane, insulin and arterial health.
WHY OUR NEED AÇAI
Did you know that the USDA has recently reported that fewer than 15% of elementary aged kids eat the recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables? More than half eat no fruit on any given day and 3 out of 10 eat less than one serving of vegetables daily. 25% of all vegetables consumed by students come in the form of French fries-a relatively poor option. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control study estimated that one in three American children born in 2000 would develop diabetes in their lifetime. The açai fruit can help parents improve their children’s over all nutrition. Like most fruits açai is low in fat, sodium and calories.
LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE TOP 5 REASONS WHY THE AÇAI FRUIT IS ESSENTIAL TO YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH.
1. Amino Acids: the building blocks of protein and are vital to proper muscle function.
2. Anthocyanins: A class of powerful antioxidants believed to protect blood vessel walls preventing cholesterol and plaque buildup.
3. Essential Fatty Acids: Usually found in fish and nuts but rarely in fruits. Açai has been shown to have omega-6 and omega-9 acids, which help to maintain cholesterol levels and improve brain function.
4. Vitamins: as we have discussed before the açai fruit contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, C and E. These vitamins help boost the immune system, improve cellular function and help reduce inflammation in connective tissue.
5. Dietary Fiber: Due to its high concentration of fiber, Açai is low on the glycemic index, helping to maintain normal blood sugar levels.
This is a short introduction to the benefits of the açai fruit. There are many more reasons why we should all consider making a daily routine for including the açai fruit in our diets. To make it very easy, some companies have brought nutritional beverages to market. For more information on the açai fruit and one of the best tasting, simple to buy, and most effective nutritional beverages in the world, please visit my website, and you will be further impressed by the açai berry and 18 other antioxidant rich fruits from around the globe.