acai-berry-treeIn 1940, “You Are What You Eat”, is the phrase considered to have been made popular by the German author, Victor H Lindlahr, when he wrote a book about finding cures for the body naturally. In other words, your body absorbs what you feed it through a set of life-sustaining chemical transformations within the cells of living organisms. This process of metabolism, as defined by Wikipedia, are chemical reactions that, “are organized into metabolic pathways, in which one chemical is transformed through a series of steps into another chemical, by a sequence of enzymes. Enzymes are crucial to metabolism because they allow organisms to drive desirable reactions that require energy that will not occur by themselves, by coupling them to spontaneous reactions that release energy.” It is important to note that during this process, that the body determines what is good (nutritious) and what is bad (toxic or waste), and the separation process begins.

One example of this process is how the body rids itself of “free radicals” produced by oxidation reactions. These radicals can start chain reactions that occurs within a cell, it can cause damage or death to the cell. Antioxidants terminate these chain reactions by removing free radical intermediates, and inhibit other oxidation reactions. These reactions are linked to a significant role in many human diseases, such as cancer. In order to combat these ailments, antioxidants have gained exposure and are widely used in dietary supplements and have been investigated for the prevention of diseases. The use of antioxidants in pharmacology is intensively studied, particularly as treatments for stroke and neurodegenerative diseases. The findings of such studies are still debated among authorities within the health industry as to the absolute health benefits, thus considering moderation in consumption is a wise consumer choice. Under normal circumstances, eating overly concentrated amounts of antioxidant rich strawberries in a single setting is probably not a good idea, to get your daily required balance of antioxidants, but there is a better alternative that can provide optimum nutrient levels in smaller portions. The name of this superfruit is the Acai Berry. In Brazil, they have nicknamed this superfruit the “Beauty Berry” because it has so many compounds that make the body both feel and look better from the inside out.

The acai berry (virtually unknown outside the United States until 2001), is harvested as a deep purple pulp from 60-foot palm trees, acai (pronounced “ah-sigh-ee”) is exported as a thick pulp and sold in a capsule, powder or juice form at health food stores and online. Many well known juice companies use Acai as an added healthy ingredient to smoothies, ice cream, and other delicious treats. Acai juices can be found in nutrition centers, grocery stores, and some convenience stores in the refrigerated section. The labels are typically well marked and consumers should read the label on the back to verify nutrient concentration.

The benefits of proper supplementation that have been noticed by consumers are:

  • Greater energy and stamina.
  • Improved mental focus.
  • Improved digestion.
  • Improves the look and texture of your hair, skin and nails.
  • Better sleep.
  • Acai has more protein than an average egg.
  • Acai is very low in sugar for a fruit.
  •  All nutrients come from one berry.
  • Research has shown that these Anti-Oxidants help regulate normal cholesterol levels.
  • Acai’s Anti-Oxidant factors play a large role in maintenance of vascular cardiac system, which is important for better blood circulation.
  • An almost perfect essential amino acid complex in conjunction with valuable trace minerals, vital to proper muscle contractions and regeneration.
  • Boost your Immune System.
  • Cleansing and detoxing your body.

In conclusion, the choice to add Acai to your dietary intake is very healthy, with proper quantities in mind, and will help you enjoy life one day at a time by eating well and living well.