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Acai berry
Weight Loss
A bowl of Acai

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Taking Acai berry is one of the healthIest ways to LOSS YOUR WEIGHT.
Health Benefits of Acai berry

The high concentration of antioxidant anthocyanin, Omega 6 and Omega 9 fatty acids helps delay the natural aging process.

Fight Heart Disease
The high concentration of phytosterols in the Acai Berry helps to reduce heart related problems and disease.

Control Cholesterol
The Acai Berry has been proven to help maintain good cholesterol levels.
excerpts from truacai

How to purchase Acai Berries?
Acai beery grows mainly in Central and South America. It can be purchased in the form of juice,pulb,power and pills. Companies sell açaí berry products in the form of tablets, juice, smoothies, instant drink powders, and whole fruit. Lots of Ads are coming in the Internet. You can get this berry online through Internet.


What nutrients Acai contain?
Açai is most commonly marketed as a weight loss product. It contains cholesterol-fighting fatty acids, It is a powerful anti-oxidant (about 33 times more than red wine grapes). Anti-oxidatants do the job of repairing damaged proteins in blood vessel walls.
wiki: Powder preparation of freeze-dried açaí fruit pulp and skin was reported to contain (per 100 g of extract)
533.9 calories,
52.2 g carbohydrates,
8.1 g protein, and
32.5 g total fat. The carbohydrate portion included
44.2 g of fiber. The powder was also shown to contain (per 100 g):
negligible vitamin C,
260 mg calcium,
4.4 mg iron, and
1002 U vitamin A,
as well as aspartic acid and glutamic acid;
the amino acid content was 7.59% of total dry weight. The fat content of açaí consists of
oleic acid (56.2% of total fats),
palmitic acid (24.1%), and
linoleic acid (12.5%).
Açaí also contains
beta-sitosterol (78–91% of total sterols).
The oil compartments in açaí fruit contain polyphenols such as
procyanidin oligmers and vanillic acid,
syringic acid,
p-hydroxybenzoic acid,
protocatechuic acid, and
ferulic acid, which were shown to degrade substantially during storage or exposure to heat.
Dubious Claims?
According to ABC News correspondent Susan Donaldson, these products have not been evaluated (in the US) by the FDA, and their efficacy is questionable. In late 2008,
Marketers of these products make claims that açai provides increased energy levels, improved s**xual performance, improved digestion, detoxification, high fiber content, high antioxidant content, improved skin appearance, improved heart health, improved sleep, and reduction of cholesterol levels. More dubious claims include reversal of diabetes and other chronic illnesses, as well as expanding size of the p***s and increasing men's s**ual virility and s**ual attractiveness to women. (wiki)
Compare acai juice with other juices?
wiki: When three commercially available juice mixes containing unspecified percentages of açaí juice were compared for in vitro antioxidant capacity against red wine, tea, six types of pure fruit juice, and pomegranate juice , the average antioxidant capacity was ranked lower than that of pomegranate juice, Concord grape juice, blueberry juice, and red wine. The average was roughly equivalent to that of black cherry or cranberry juice, and was higher than that of orange juice, apple juice, and tea. Studies have demonstrated that blood antioxidant capacity increases within two hours of consuming a commercial açaí juice.
A grove of Acai Berry Trees

Acai berry has any side-effcts? Is it safe to consume?
People who are allergic to berries should avoid Acai berry also. More over, the information given here is for General knowledge only. Things told here may not have clinically proved. If ever you wish to consume acai berry products, you should consult your doctor.

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^ Susan Donaldson James. "'Superfood' Açai May not Be Worth Price: Oprah's Dr. Oz Says Açai Is Healthy but No Cure-all; Dieter Feels Ripped Off", ABC News, December 12, 2008. Retrieved Dec. 30, 2008.
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