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Acai Berry Diet Basics & Nutrition
Açaí (ah-sigh-ee) is a Brazilian Super Berry grown in the Amazon rainforest. With more Antioxidants than blueberries, healthy Omega Fatty Acids, and many vitamins and minerals, Açaí is being called the most nutritious fruit on the planet. Açaí is 100% natural and it is harvested naturally from the depths of the rainforests of Brazil, by the people who have been using it for thousands of years. Açaí tastes like tropical berries with a hint of chocolate.
Acai Berry Diet Basics
Açaí is the only super berry on the market that contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, E, C, Phosphorus, Calcium, Potassium, Fiber, Proteins, and good fatty acids such as Omega 6 and Omega 9 to help you fight your cholesterol problem.
List of Minerals and Vitamins that are found in Açaí:
Açaí pulp contains:
Açaí is a dense source of particular class of flavonoids called anthocyanins (red-blue phenols with potent antioxidant properties)
Açaí is a good source of:
Fiber - to promote a healthy digestive system
Açaí mixed with Guarana
Acai Berry Diet Benefits
Acai Berry Diet also gives relief from minor aches and pains and increased injury recovery, fat loss, strength, stamina etc.
Açaí and Anthocyanins
The dark purple color of acai berry is due to the polyphenolic compounds present. One of the main plant chemicals getting a lot of attention in Açaí berry, is a compound called anthocyanin. Anthocyanins are a group of Flavonoids widely distributed in plants and lending a dark purple color to fruits acai berry in addition to the standard many vitamins and minerals found in acai berry.
Anthocyanins are naturally occurring compounds that impart color of Açaí berry, Anthocyanins belong to a group of plant compounds called Flavonoids. Flavonoids are a subclass of plant polyphenols that may have antioxidant abilities and are being studied for their anticancer and anti-aging potential. Currently under investigation for their ability to inhibit LDL (the "bad") cholesterol, prevent blood clotting, and defend cells against dangerous carcinogens, Anthocyanins may prove to be significant compounds in human health.
Anthocyanins and Their Protective Properties:
Inflammation and Collagen:
Anthocyanins neutralize enzymes that destroy connective tissue. Their antioxidant capacity prevents oxidants from damaging connective tissues and repair damaged proteins in the blood-vessel walls.
The Nervous System:
By preventing tyrosine nitration, the Anthocyanin properties in Açaí may help protect against neurological diseases. The primary Anthocyanins in Açaí known as Cyanidin-3-glucoside have been found to help in the reversal of age related neurological deficits.
Large and Small Blood-Vessels:
Anthocyanins ability to counter oxidants make them a powerhouse in the fight against arteriosclerosis. Even in trace amounts, Anthocyanins effectively protect against LDL oxidation. Anthocyanins protect the integrity of the endothelial cells that line blood vessel walls and help to maintain micro capillary integrity. Diabetes: One of the serious diabetic complications is retinopathy, which in most cases can cause blindness. This condition occurs when the body attempts to repair leaking, damaged capillaries, but does so by over producing abnormal proteins. The protection of Anthocyanins may help prevent these capillaries from leaking and to help prevent abnormal protein proliferation.
Anthocyanins may also help improve eyesight by numerous mechanisms. In the Second World War, British fighter pilots were found to have improved night vision. These findings were thought to be contributed by the large amounts of bilberry in the pilot's diet. The effects of the improved night vision were not long lasting after the initial consumption of bilberry lasting just hours after initial consumption. With this new found advantage, the pilots would consume the bilberry fruits just prior to the mission.
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