ACAI BERRY: ANTIOXIDANT, ETC.
God loves all mankind and provides all types of food to sustain all human beings in the whole universe. He provides the acai berry to grow in the tropical regions of Central and South America from Belize down to Brazil and Peru.
The word "acai" is pronounced "ah-sah-ee".
The tall and slender acai palm trees grow mainly in swampy areas along the rivers to a height of 15-30 meters. The fruit is produced in irregular branched flower clusters of 700 to 900 fruits. Two crops of fruit are produced each year. The fruit has a single large seed which is 80 per cent of the fruit. The acai berry is a fruit with the size of a grape with a dark purple blue colour. In recent years, the acai berry has been in great demand due to its potential as weight loss ingredient and now primarily grown for export. There is also indication that the acai berry has very high antioxidants passing the blueberry, apple and banana by very big margins.
The acai berry deteriorates very quickly in less than a day and so harvesting and shipping must be done very fast.
The popularity of the acai berry is growing every day. As a result, more and more nutritionists and scientists are researching its unique nutritional qualities and healing abilities. The exciting results of that experiment are below, but first let’s cover a few things that may help you understand the acai berry fighting abilities a little better.
Free Radicals & Antioxidants
Free radicals are nasty little molecules that come from pollutants, pesticides, cigarette smoke, etc. They attack the cells in the body and can even damage DNA. Free radical damage within cells has been linked to a range of disorders including cancer, arthritis, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, and diabetes. Your body, of course, has a way to fight back. It does so in the form of antioxidants, which strengthen cells and fight off free radicals.
The USDA has a method of measuring the levels of these antioxidants in foods. It’s called the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity score (ORAC for short). Where does the Acai berry measure up on this score? Well, it pretty much blows away the competition. Take a look below. It’s been estimated that 80-90 percent of the world’s population fails to consume even half of the recommended antioxidant intake to fight the free radicals the body encounters in a day. Foods with a high ORAC score (like the acai berry) are worth their weight in gold to the health-conscious person.
ORAC ANTIOXIDANT COMPARISON
From the ORAC Score Antioxidant Comparison between the acai berry and blueberry, apple and banana, one would be completely amazed at the result with the acai berry (167) scoring such fantastic high score to the blueberry (32), apple (14), and lastly, the banana (5). Even a non scientific person can appreciate the difference in the scores.
ACAI - POTENT ANTIOXIDANT SUPERFRUIT
2007-01-08 - Paul M. Gross, PhD
Table 1. Macronutrients
CNN.com - "Acai may be the world's healthiest food. A berry grown in the Amazon forest, it has as much calcium as milk, more antioxidants than blueberries, and a coffee-like kick. Not to mention that it has more nutrients than a multivitamin..."
University of Florida - "A Brazilian berry popular in health food contains antioxidants that destroyed cultured human cancer cells in a recent University of Florida study, one of the first to investigate Acai's purported benefits..."
THE SECRETS OF THE ACAI BERRY
God has done it again for about six thousand years ago that He prepared the wonderful acai berry to exist for man's benefit. The rest of the world did not know about the magical fruit would have made such an impact on the world, but the people of the rainforest in Central and South America knew. The secret has been kept for thousands of years and only revealed quite recently. Praise and thank God that the secrets of the acai berry are being revealed now to the world at large. Thank you Lord for your revelation.
The acai berry takes Brazil by storm
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