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Acai Berry and Cancer Prevention

Updated on March 12, 2011

Within the last few years, a new super food from nature has been discovered, and it is now widely marketed all over the world. Acai berry has rapidly increased in popularity, largely due to marketing claims about its ability to aid in weight loss. Many claim that the tiny little berry can also reduce cravings for certain types of foods and suppress appetite. However, what makes Acai berry so important to human health are the concentrated levels of naturally-occurring antioxidants in each one.

Acai berries come from Acai palms that grow throughout most of Brazil. These palm trees are also an integral part of the Amazon rainforest. One of the best things about the Acai berry marketing craze is that it is not only helping to preserve the rainforest, but it is helping to sustain many groups of local indigenous peoples who harvest the berries.

As far as human nutrition goes, however, these antioxidant-packed super foods offer a lot in terms of disease prevention. While it might be a stretch to say that Acai berry holds the key to eliminating cancer, it is known that antioxidants can aid in disease prevention. This is especially true for cancer prevention. Free radicals are the products of stress and environmental pollution. Recent studies also have proven that some types of cancer are directly linked to stress. A 2008 study revealed that stress contributed to the growth of breast cancer cells within the body. In addition, a similar study that same year found that stress interfered with the effectiveness of chemotherapy in breast cancer patients, making it more likely that treatments would be ineffective.

Acai berry helps reverse the effects of stress on the body. It can also prevent the day to day effects of stress, further reducing cancer risk, as well as the risk of many other types of conditions. Studies have shown that Acai berry is also beneficial for hear health, and when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and routine exercise, it can actually prevent heart disease, further reducing an individual’s risk of heart attack and stroke.

The protection that antioxidants provide us is nothing new. In fact, high levels of antioxidants are also found in similar berries. Cranberries and blueberries also offer disease protection and can combat the effects of stress. However, Acai berry offers more concentrated levels of disease-fighting agents at one time. For people who eat little fruit or have eaten an unhealthy diet for an extensive period of time, Acai berry offers the benefits of rapid detoxification and concentrated disease-fighting power.

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