Acai

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Acai ★★

Its combination of antioxidants, amino acids and omega 3 fatty acids all help slow the aging process by boosting your immunity and removing free radicals from the body. Free radicals can damage your DNA or interfere with the processes going on inside your cells. The concentration of anthocyanins (a specific group of antioxidants) in Acai is one of the highest of any food. It also has more grams of protein per serving than an egg, and combined with the omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids inside the fruit, it can improve the look and texture of your hair, skin and nails. It also has all the vitamins and minerals of most other fruits.

One study noted that Açaí pulp reduced blood cholesterol levels in rats and had a protective effect on the arteries.This means that it may help make your blood vessels less tense, which reduces your chances of developing atherosclerosis, heart disease, or having a heart attack or stroke.

Acai is an anti inflammatory food and has the ability to be a cox-1 and 2 inhibitor. This means that it can act as an off-switch for pain and inflammation.

Acai juice is probably the easiest form of Acai to find in the U.S. They can also be found in the frozen section of some supermarkets in bars as an ingredient for smoothies. Acai fruit is great when it’s eaten frozen and topped with bananas and granola or served like ice cream.

 

References
  1. The Dr. Oz Show
  2. Xie C, Kang J, Wu X, et al. Açaí juice attenuates atherosclerosis in ApoE deficient mice through antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Atherosclerosis. June 2011;216(2):327-333.
  3. Holderness J, Schepetkin I, Jutila M, et al. Polysaccharides isolated from Açaí fruit induce innate immune responses. Plos One. February 28, 2011;6(2):e17301.
  4. Dr. Joe Mercola, Discover the truth about acai. Located at http://products.mercola.com/acai-berry/. Accessed September 24, 2013.

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