Acai Berry

The acai berry (pronounced ah-sigh-e) comes from the Acai palm tree (Euterpe oleracea), which is found in the flood lands and swamp areas of Central and South America.  It is a smallish round, purple fruit.  Acai berries contain powerful substances such as flavonoids and anthocyanins which help to counter oxidative stress by neutralising free radicals.

Although the body produces its own antioxidant pathways (if it is optimally nourished) it is wise to use the addition of Mother Nature’s additional supply.  The ORCA value(oxygen radical absorbance capacity) of acai berry is thought to be at mid-level range for fruits, higher than that of oranges for instance.  Acai has a taste like a blend of berry and chocolate!

Acai Berries are purple in colour and are sold in powder or berry form.

What is in Acai Berries?

It is reported that acai berries have the following:-

  • Ten times as many antioxidants as grapes and twice as many antioxidants as blueberries
  • Contain anthocyanins – as much as 30 times as those found in red wine
  • Contains dietary fibre – 44.2 grams of fibre per 100 grams
  • Have a low glycaemic index (keeps you feeling fuller, longer)
  • Are high in trace minerals and macro minerals
  • They have more proteins than an egg and are packed full of amino acids
  • They contain fatty acids similar to those found in olive oil
  • They have over 16 phytonutrients and antioxidants

Considerable scientific information regarding the benefits and attributes of acai are available here and here.

Acai Berries in the News

Acai berries grow on vines as pictured above

An interesting article appeared in NaturalNews:-

“Incidence of cognitive decline leading to dementia and Alzheimer's disease is rising at unprecedented levels among those aged 65 and older. Many people fear the myriad of memory-robbing forms of dementia more than a diagnosis of cancer. Blueberries and strawberries, which are high in flavonoids that easily cross the blood-brain barrier, have been shown to reduce cognitive decline in older adults in prior bodies of research.

A new study recently published in the Annals of Neurology suggests that cognitive aging could be delayed by up to 2.5 years in elderly individuals who consume greater amounts of flavonoid-rich berries. In the past, studies have hinted at the positive effects of flavonoids from berry consumption, but have been limited to animal studies or very small sample groups. This is the first research to demonstrate the critical preventive and healing nature of anthocyanins in a very large cohort of more than 100,000 senior aged adults.

Flavonoids are bioactive structures found in plants that are known to have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Nutrition researchers theorize that stress and inflammation contribute to cognitive impairment and that increasing consumption of flavonoids could thwart the harmful effects. Many forms of dementia, especially Alzheimer's disease, are rapidly emerging as illnesses caused largely by poor lifestyle (environmental pollution, household chemicals and electromagnetic forces) and a highly processed diet consisting of sugar, glucose-stimulating carbohydrates and hydrogenated fats.”

Full Article

Can the Acai Berry have a positive effect?

Acai berries are also freeze dried and can come in powder form to be easily consumed.

The consumption of berries in general can have a positive effect on maintaining a healthy lifestyle throughout the years.  When you buy Bioceuticals Acai Berry 2500mg you will add a nutrient-rich supplement to your daily protocol.

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