Acai Berry
    
Euterpe oleracea

The Acai berry is harvested in the rainforests of Brazil, where the natives have eaten it for hundreds of years for its health benefits. Hidden within its royal purple pigment is the magic that makes it nature's perfect energy fruit.  Acai (a sause ee) is packed full of antioxidants, amino acids and essential omegas (the good-for-you fatty acids).

Yes, the nutritional content of Acai is truly amazing, but what really sets Acai apart from the berry/fruit products is the antioxidant content. Studies show that Acai has up to 33 times the antioxidant content as red wine grapes. No other berry or fruit product can come close to matching the nutritional and antioxidant content.  Acai gives you the energy from your youth, with added vitality, and increased stamina.   Some are calling Acai the Fountain of Youth that the Spanish explorers had searched for all those years.

Analysis reveals that Acai pulp contains:
A remarkable concentration of antioxidants, to help combat premature aging, with 10-30 times the anthocyanins (purple colored antioxidants) of red wine,a synergy of monounsaturated (healthy) fats, dietary fiber and phytosterols, to help promote cardiovascular system and digestive tract health, and an almost perfect essential amino acid complex in conjunction with valuable trace minerals, vital to proper muscle contraction and regeneration.

Acai contains a dense source of particular class of flavonoids called anthocyanins (red-blue phenols with potent antioxidant properties).  Anthocyanins are a group of phytochemicals in red wine thought to contribute to the French paradox, i.e. France has one of the lowest incidences of heart disease of any westernized society despite a prevalence of smoking and a diet high in saturated fat and cholesterol.  Aai pulp contains 10-30 times the anthocyanins of red wine per equal volume.

The primary anthocyanin in Acai is cyanidin gucoside.  Cyanidin glucoside has been found to be 3 to 5 times stronger than Trolox (vitamin E analogue) and the predominate anthocyanin found in red wine (malvadin-3-glucoside) in an ORAC analysis (measure of antioxidant capacity).

Anthocyanins have been found to “exhibit numerous potential therapeutic effects including treatment of diabetic retinopathy and fibrocystic disease of the breast in human”. “Other potential physiological effects of anthocyanins include radiation-protective, chemo protective, vaso protective and anti-inflammatory agents”.

The fatty acid ratio of Acai resembles that of olive oil, which is thought to be a contributing factor to the low incidence of heart disease in Mediterranean populations.  Acai percent Oleic (Omega 9) a monounsaturated, essential fatty acid, helps lower LDL (harmful cholesterol) while maintaining HDL (beneficial cholesterol) levels.  Fatty acids aid in the transport and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins i.e. Vitamins A, E, D, and K.

Acai contains valuable phytosterols.  Sterols are components of plant cell membranes providing numerous benefits to the human body, namely the reduction of blood plasma cholesterol.  Sterols are currently being used to treat symptoms associated with BPH (benign prostate hyperplasia).  Preliminary evidence suggests that beta-sitosterol (the predominant sterol in Acai) may help prevent immune weakness resulting from severe physical stress.

Acai is a good source of fiber it has 3.5 grams of dietary fiber in one serving of Sambazon Acai.  Fiber promotes a healthy digestive system. Low fiber in the American diet is thought to be a contributing factor to the high incidence of cancer and heart disease. Soluble fibers may help lower blood cholesterol; insoluble fibers are thought to help reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancers.

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Important Note:
The information presented herein by The Natural Path Botanicals is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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