Acai is the New Darling of the Antioxidant World

Posted on June 11, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

       

                               A grove of Acai Palms in Brazil

Acai is the new darling in the antioxidant world.  Acai is a dark purple fruit smaller than the size of a grape and consists of a seed mostly covered in a small amount of pulp.  This fruit grows on the Acai Palm tree and is found in the Amazon Rain Forest of Brazil.  Acai has a berry taste with a touch of chocolate flavor so is tasty and inviting to eat.

 

Acai has been found to have about 10 times the antioxidant level of grapes and twice that of blueberries, plus it has about 10-30 times the anthocyanins of red wine (anthocyanins act as powerful antioxidants).  The Acai berry is rich in healthy Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9 unsaturated fats, and has as much Vitamin C as blueberries.  Other vitamins identified in the Acai berry include Vitamins A, B1, B3 and E in addition to potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper and zinc. 

 

B-sitosterol, campesterol and sigmasterol, three plant or photosterols, have been identified in the Acai berry which have been shown to have health benefits in maintaining healthy heart and digestive function.  It’s also a good source of fiber.

 

Acai’s nutrient mix may assist is:

*  Maintaining healthy function of bodily systems and organs

*  Promoting healthy sleep

*  Supporting the immune system

*  Act as an effective anti-inflammatory

 

The University of Florida has some promising new studies using the Acai berry in cancer research.  Stay tuned for more good news from that sector.

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4 Responses to “Acai is the New Darling of the Antioxidant World”

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I’ve heard that the acai doesn’t taste so good. It’s bitter? I’ve also heard that it’s hard to get the acai berries and that they’re expensive. I was in my favority small-town smoothie shop this afternoon and they offer two “acai” smoothies BUT the ingredients don’t include acai at all! They do include other great antioxidants such as raspberries, strawberries, bananas, blackberries but no acai. What’s happened to truth in advertising?

Are acai berries readily available for purchase and consumption? I’ve found, and heard, that they’re not. Also, the juices stating they contain acai tend to be expensive…at least moreso than the more readily available strawberries, raspberries, etc? Does someone know of a cheap or reasonable source for acai? Is there a cost-benefit evaluation that makes sense?

If you’re in Coastal Orange County, Kean Coffee (of Diedrich’s fame and son/grandson of the original founder) has one acai drink and one acai breakfast bowl that actually contain acai berries and are reasonably priced. Kean Coffee is superb, roasted by true artisans in the family-made roasters, and of such high quality that it spoils one for “common” coffee at the mega-chains. Their acai drink and acai breakfast bowl are a tasty and healthy way to start the day, too. They’re in Costa Mesa/Newport Beach in Orange County, California and worth the drive.

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“Combinations of antioxidants are like a balanced symphony working together. A symphony orchestra produces sounds so much more harmonious than merely having 20 drums playing. It is not the quantity, but the blend. The same is true with antioxidant nutrients: you get better results with moderate amounts of a full complement than you get with using very large amounts of just one nutrient… In general, the different reducing agents in the body “talk to one another” freely, and thus, it is probably important that all of our pools of reducing agents be maintained. For this reason, most of us in the field recommend that a person take a variety of antioxidants (a “cocktail”), not just a single substance.”

Dr. Passwater concludes: “The importance of synergism is that the antioxidant nutrients each contribute to the total protection. They work together in the antioxidant cycle and reach all body compartments–fat and water-based, blood and internal cell. They protect against all types of free radicals and reactive oxygen species. No one antioxidant can do all of this.”

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