Ah- saw- ee to you!

The amazing purple berry from Brazil is one of the planet’s most interesting and unique foods not to mention one of the healthiest. Packed with antioxidants, amino acids, and essential fatty acids, this tiny berry delivers a nutritional profile rarely seen in the natural world, and many consider it to be the world’s most complete food. In other words – it’s the super food of super foods.

Why?

Perfect acid profile = crucial for brain and behavioral health and serves as a precursor to numerous neurotransmitters in the human body.

Proline = one of the main components of collagen, the connective tissue structure that binds and supports other tissues. (i.e. helps you look younger)

Glycine = utilized in liver detoxification and is essential for the biosynthesis of nucleic acids and bile acids.

Antioxidants = Found in the acai berry in a remarkable concentration, with three and a half times the anthocyanins of red wine per volume. Anthocyanins offer protective benefits to the cardiovascular system, digestive organs, brain, blood, cells, and tissues, as well as exhibiting strong anti-inflammatory and antiaging properties. This little unassuming berry has the highest antioxidant effects of any fruit measured using oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) values. Acai berries contain many antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, gallic acid, epicatechin, anthocyanins, procyanidins, protocatechuic acid, and other tannins. Check out ORAC values at oracvalues.com.

Oleic acid and Omega 9 Monounsaturated fatty acid = During flue season this little power house is your best friend! Acai is very similar to olive oil in fatty acid content. The berry contains 60 percent oleic acid, an omega-9 monounsaturated essential fatty acid; and 12 percent linoleic acid, an omega-6 polyunsaturated essential fatty acid. Essential fatty acids are crucial for human life and are responsible for hundreds of physiological processes in the human body including reproduction, fertility, immunity, and communication between cells. Because it is plant based versus animal based these elements are much easier for your system to ingest and use.

Plant sterols = Also enhance immune response by increasing T-cell division, enhancing secretion of lymphokines involved in cellular immunity, and boosting the activity of cytotoxic cells (a key to fighting pathogens).

Vitamins = Last but not least, this amazing berry contains a full array of natural vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and significant amounts of dietary fibre. Most noteworthy, acai contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, C, and E; as well as potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus.

To ensure you gain all these amazing benefits from acai, be sure to choose a 100 percent pure acai juice, which should contain at least 30,000 mg of pure acai per 1 ounce serving.

The Challenge: The real problem is that most people are consuming it in powder form – where it has lost all of its benefits. To get it fresh, a lot will order it from a juice bar, where many use sorbet as a sweetener. It’s not available as a frozen berry in stores because on it’s own – the berry has little flavor and the belief is people will not buy.

What to do? We developed a friendship with our local juice bar and they can order Acai frozen “pure juice with pulp” at an affordable price. They must in order to make a profit right? We have bought the juice in a large tub from them. As such, we do not buy the product with the added sugar – just the 100% pure, no sugar added, acai juice. 

This does mean a little work on your part. First you need to convince them to order a tub for you (we got lucky – no extra charge).  Second you have to thaw the tub long enough to transfer the precious liquid into “one person” size portions. We use either a large quantity of ice cube trays or – if we must – some small zip lock bags that we wash and re-use for the next round! Other than that – it’s easy – grab a bag frozen to toss in a smoothie, or thaw it out over night in the fridge and add to your juice in the morning.  

We will vouch for this little berry; the trouble is well worth the health benefits!

Note:  It is far easier to get the public to believe an exotic berry out of the rain forests of Brazil offers the magic cure for obesity than it would be to convince consumers they will magically lose weight eating blueberries, grapes, apple or banana. While the acai berry offers many other health benefits, it will be no more effective in helping you lose weight than any other fruit. The Acai weight loss scam please read this and this.

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  1. Fantastic info. Love it. Just not sure i am willing to go through all that trouble to purchase the sugar-free version. What’s important though, you’re right, is to get the 100% acai berry, which, even that (sugar or not), is hard to find.

    • CosmoChick – yeah I agree … the berries are tough to find. And it’s weird since it’s all you “hear about” in health mags etc. these days. You’d think you would be able to find the berries frozen at the local organic shop – but …. nope. I wonder why it’s being made so hard to come “buy”.

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