- Diet & Weight Loss
Berries In My Palm
The Miracles of The Palm
I was recently discussing with a group of children Palm Sunday and a question asked by one five year old on our lead up to Easter made me think about the significance of the palm leaf and the miracles that Jesus carried out in his life time. If you are a Christian then you will believe in his amazing abilities as a natural and miraculous faith healer.
Although the actual palm leaf itself is of no therapeutic value but served as a path for Jesus on his journey into Jerusalem when according to the Gospels, Jesus rode into town on a donkey and his followers hailed him as the Messiah and took palm branches to spread out which made for the equivalent of the modern day red carpet.
The event commemorated on Palm Sunday is told in all four gospels
(Matthew 21, Mark 11, Luke 19, John 12).
History of the Acai
So the discussion prompted my thinking into what health benefits come from the palm plant family ?
This led me into researching the Acai berry and palm plant.
The history of acia is deep rooted in the traditions of the Amazon people and the modern countries that occupy that territory.
The acai (ah-sigh-ee) berry has been around for thousands of years.
It was not introduced to the western world until the 1990s.
The tribes of the Amazon Rain Forest first used the berry to help various aliments due to its tremendous health properties. In fact, it is estimated that the indigenous tribes regularly use this palm from the rainforests and fruits for medicinal purposes.
The Amazonian tribes found out that it helped improve the immune system, fight infection, protect the heart, and control prostate enlargement. It also served as a natural Viagra which improved the tribal communities sex lives!
So in recent years the Acai berrie has received a lot of hype but why?
Acai (Euterpe Oleracea)
Acai is an amazing species from the Amazon estuary.
It grows in fertile, swampy areas of the forest.
Acai is a very beautiful and productive palm, which has a new
and important commercial presence.
Acai became prominent in Rio de Janeiro in the 90s, when the
local athletes consumed it to help with strength and stamina.
It is said to contain the following properties:
- Highest concentration of Antioxidants of any fruit
- Amino Acids for muscle growth.
The acai berry was also discovered to fight schistosomosis, a disease transmitted by snails. Schistosomosis affected more than 10 million Brazilians–how about that for the earth giving us what we need. The acaí berry is also used to produce an antibiotic that helps to fight against ‘Staphylococcus aureus’ a common infection contracted mainly in hospitals.
The acaí berry grows on a palm that has a long thin trunk up to 25m high with a group of branches at the top from which hangs ribbon-like leaves. Acaí berries hang from these branches in clusters. Traditionally the acai berries would be picked by hand and the tribe’s men would shimmy up the tree and cut the branches from the top of the palm tree rich in acai berries.
Now that the acai berry has been discovered as a highly sought after crop by the population of Brazil it is mass produced, as it only has a 24-hour life span in which the properties of the juice are still active. The acai berries must be loaded into baskets and onto boats soon after picking. Each acai palm tree produces round about 20 kg of fruit per year.
Talk show hosts such as Oprah Winfrey endorsed this amazing berrie and it has been seen as a feature on her show.A super food that you can take as a supplement to lose weight.
What will Top Grade Acai do for you?
Well from trying this super food myself for two weeks I discovered that I
Lost weight as I found I wasn't hungry!
It improved my energy levels.
My libido increased (not that it needed boosting ha ha :)