Amazing Amazonian Antioxidant

Amazing Amazonian Antioxidant

What for centuries was a secret kept deep in the canopied rainforest is now available in America. It’s a small purplish fruit called acai (pronounced ah-SAH”-ee).

What Is It?

Perhaps you have heard of acai, seen it on food labels or as an ingredient in your vitamin enriched water. Acai is a potent antioxidant. In fact, on a scale used by the USDA called the ORAC (Organic Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale, acai scored five times that of blueberry. A professor at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has stated,” Acai berries are already considered one of the richest fruit sources of antioxidants.”

What Can It Do For You?

Antioxidants strengthen cells and boost your immune system. They help your body fight off free radicals which attack the cells in your body. Free radicals from pollution, cigarette smoke, chemicals and other irritants can lessen our cells’ immune capacity. Antioxidants and Vitamin E, both richly found in acai, are the best warriors in the defense of these cells.

And There’s More…

Acai berries are also rich in B vitamins, fiber and minerals such as copper, potassium and manganese, as well as protein and omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. This fruit has a low glycemic index, so it is excellent source of nutrition in the diabetic diet. Often mixed with guarana, natural caffeine, it can be an energy booster.

The Amazon natives have used this wonder fruit in many forms over the centuries to cure diarrhea, skin sores and fevers. Now scientists are just beginning to confirm its benefits for modern consumers who so often are lacking key nutrients in their fast food lifestyles.

The Benefits

Personal testimonies have found acai to

  • Increase energy
  • Raise the metabolic rate
  • Assist in a healthy weight loss
  • Improve digestion
  • Slow the age-related decline
  • Reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Manage cholesterol
  • Improve vision

Other benefits such as increased sexual desire and performance, enhanced physical stamina, improved mental capacity, reduced insomnia and depressive symptoms, healthier skin and a boosted rate in healing injuries and sores have also been reported.

The Most Astounding of All

In controlled laboratory conditions at the University of Florida at Gainesville, acai actually killed leukemia cells. While this is just initial study data, scientists are continuing to explore the possible ramifications of this discovery.

Where Can You Find Acai?

Because of its growing popularity and modern preservative methods, acai can now be found outside South America where as little as five years ago it was nearly impossible. Acai is a delicate fruit in one of the most environmentally delicate regions of the world. It spoils so quickly after being picked, the fresh fruit could only be transported safely within Brazil and Colombia.

Freeze-drying the acai into a powder has made the purplish palm fruit more accessible and easily added ingredient to teas, juices and even ice creams. Store shelves are abundant with this supplement. But be wary!

Go Organic

Before you assume you are benefiting form this wonder supplement in your vitaminized water, granola snack or cereal, realize that many manufacturers have also added preservatives and chemicals that may negate its benefits. Before you discern and purchase acai in reputable organic food stores, ssk if it was freeze-dried within 24 hours of harvest. Make sure it did not originate from China or was spray-dried. And of course, make sure there are no added sugars, water, preservatives or soy.

In order to assure you have a pure product, or to find out more about acai berries, you can go online to and learn from someone who has made it his profession to research this fruit. Joel Carr has personally lost over twenty pounds, experienced a more active lifestyle and improved health from thanks to acai capsules. His resulting passion for this nutritious berry led him to travel to its source, the Amazon, and learn from the people who have used it for centuries.