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Acai Berry

Acai Berry

If you are one of those looking to spice up your diet with some juicy fruit, the Acai Berries is an option you might want to explore. Commonly found in the rain forests of the Amazon, acai Berries is considered to be one of the healthiest fruits. Research show that Acai is capable of “fighting health problems associated with oxidative damage, not to mention many other health benefits” According to the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, “consuming acai extract may help fight harmful organisms.” Another study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry shows that “polyphenolic compounds extracted from acai reduced cancer cell proliferation by 56-86 per cent. It is thought that acai’s phytochemcials can stop the process of carcinogenesis on a molecular level, killing off tumorous cells before they multiply.” Yet another study also show that “acai berries are extremely high in anthocyanins, a form of plant antioxidant associated with the ability to lower cholesterol levels in the blood stream. They are also rich in plant sterols that provide cardio-protective benefits to our cells.” It does this “by preventing blood clots, improving overall blood circulation, and relaxing the blood vessels.”

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Apart from health benefits to man, acai oil is also used by some companies to manufacture beauty products. The appeal is linked to its high antioxidant content which is “a great natural alternative to chemical based skin-care products that harm the skin in the long-run.”

Generally, the anthocyanins found in acai play a role in man’s cellular protection system, helping to keep cells strong against the invasion of bacteria.

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