30 Jul 2011 2 Comments
The acai berry, found only in the Amazon rain forest, has been scientifically proven to have numerous health benefits. Researchers atStanfordUniversity’s Wellsphere website call it the “healthiest (berry) on the planet”. Drinking the juice from the small, purple berry is the most effective way to enjoy the health benefits of the acai.
Acai juice contains very high concentrations of compounds called anthocyanins, which are also found in red wine and are thought to be beneficial for the heart. Health Report notes that these anthocyanins are consumed in large quantities by the French, and although the French diet is high in saturated fats there is a very low rate of heart disease compared to countries with similar diets. The researchers suggest that drinking acai juice may be a way to get the benefits of drinking red wine without the calories and other adverse effects of drinking alcohol.
Juice from the acai berry contains omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids that are effective in lowering bad cholesterol levels in the body while maintaining the levels of good cholesterol. These fatty acids have been shown to help reduce the amount of bad cholesterol in the blood, thereby reducing the danger of heart attacks, strokes and other circulatory problems.
Researchers writing for Healthy Diet Help.com report that the acai berry contains amino acids and trace minerals that help the body regenerate and aid in muscular contractions, slowing the damage caused by the aging process. Fatty acids found in the berry of the acai plant are comparable to those found in olive oil. The berry is high in monounsaturated oleic acid, which helps the body operate more efficiently and reduces inflammation.
Researchers at Healthy Diet Help report that the acai berry contains ten times the amount of antioxidants that grapes, and twice as much as blueberries. This helps destroy cancer cells in the body. Scientists report in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that the high antioxidant properties of the acai berry destroyed 86 percent of cultured leukemia cancer cells tested.
Doctors report on the Stanford University Wellsphere website that the high nutritional value of acai juice helps improve brain function and focus, aids digestion, promotes sleep, helps boost the immune system and can enhance sexual desire.
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