Growing in bunches similar to bananas, the acai berries grow atop palm trees in the rain forests of the Amazon. They are eaten was well as consumed in acai berry juice and have been used by traditional healers for centuries.
Acai Berry and Cancer Prevention
A recent study conducted by the University of Florida discovered some amazing health benefits to acai berries in a cell-culture model. The researchers found that if they applied acai berry extracts directly to leukemia cells for an entire day, the acai berry extract actually killed the leukemia cells. While these findings are very promising, it must be noted that further research is required to in human test cases to see the effectiveness of acai berries in fighting cancer. It is believed though that with the high content of powerful antioxidants that acai berry does contain, there will be a use for acai berry as an additional treatment for cancer.
Antioxidants in Acai Berry
Antioxidants are substances that protect our trillions of cells on a daily basis from the negative effects of free radicals. The production of free radicals is a naturally occurring process in our bodies. These molecules are produced through metabolic breakdown of food, through exposure to smoke or radiation and other pollutants that are in our environment.
As the levels of free radicals build in our bodies, they can damage cells, damage your DNA, and contribute to aging diseases such as heart disease, cancer and other medical complications. To counter act and eliminate free radicals, antioxidants are needed.
Based on discoveries that were found and published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, acai berry has the highest content of antioxidants of any food. In addition to the level of antioxidants found in acai berries, it was also discovered that they antioxidant compound was also one of the strongest. From these findings it can be understood why having a regular amount of acai berry in your diet is so important to your health.
Health Benefits of Acai Berry
In additional to having the highest concentration of antioxidants on the planet, acai berries are also loaded with essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids, electrolytes, omega fats and proteins. Acai berries have a high content of vitamin A, B1 and E. These vitamins are believed to help increase memory, reduce injury recovery time, increase your overall strength, promote weight loss and improve your skin.
The traditional healers of the tribes of the Amazon rain forest have used acai berry to treat a full spectrum of health conditions. In addition to those already mentioned, they used the acai berry to treat sexual dysfunction, insomnia and skin irritations. Through the high vitamin content, amino acids and omega fatty acids, acai berry can improve symptoms due to menopause, relief from dizziness and headaches and help to keep your cholesterol at healthy levels.
Acai berries also have a high content of fiber. Having the correct amount of dietary fiber in your diet is important not only for proper digestive health, but fiber can also help support healthy lower cholesterol.
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