The Acai Berry

Hey guys!! Good morning to you :)

Last night was SO fun– I sure love to dance! Booty shaking, sweat dripping, music blasting….my kind of fun :)

And did you know, for a work conference in May that I am attending, I get to teach Zumba! Wahoo. SO stoked. I can’t wait to dance with my fellow health coaches and bosses! hehe :)

{in February I did a dance party for a birthday party}

So, on another health related note (like yesterday’s egg post), have you all heard of the acai berry? It is pronounced A–sah-ee, and it is delicious and chock full of antioxidants and other good stuff.

For your reading pleasure (and because I love ‘nerdy’ scientific details):

Health Benefits of Acai Berry

Native to the rainforests of Central and South America, the acai berry is a reddish-purple, grapelike fruit harvested from acai palm tree (Euterpe oleracea). They’re highly touted to be a significant benefit to one’s diet.

The attention that the acai berry has recently gained stems from the fact that it is a fruit rich in anthocyanins and flavonoids, both powerful antioxidants.

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Anthocyanins and flavonoids create the dark blues, reds and purples present in many different kinds of fruits, flowers and vegetables. Strongly colored foods, like grapes, blueberries and acai berries are the richest in these types of antioxidants. Acai berries are also a great source of fiber and heart-healthy fats.

Studies have shown that acai berries have a higher concentration of antioxidants than other types of fruit, like strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. And boy am I game for that! YUMM!

Antioxidants such as these are important for a healthy diet because they prevent oxidative damage to the body. When the body uses oxygen, or stress is affecting it, free radicals are produced as a byproduct and can cause damage. Antioxidants clear out free radicals from the body and can even repair some of the damage.

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Lessing the influence of free radicals has many benefits. Health problems like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and macular degeneration are all thought to be affected by free radicals and antioxidants can lessen the risk of these conditions. Antioxidants are also thought to interfere with the aging process and disease by neutralizing free radicals.

Those from the best nursing schools have claimed that the health benefits of the acai berry go even further, such as the claim that it promotes weight loss. While this has not been proven yet, it is true that including antioxidant rich foods like acai berries in a healthy diet promote weight loss. And fat loss as well.

If you’re interested in learning more about health, check out www.guidetohealthcareschools.com/ for more information.

Sources

Mayo Clinic (2012)

WebMD (2012)

HealthCastle.com (2011)

Cool, eh? I love all ‘nerdy’ facts, and knowing exactly why foods are touted as super foods in the media. It is always best to stay informed and know what is really going on in our foods and in our bodies.

However, it is important to read labels and products. Not every food or package that has the acai berry IN it is good for you (read: see the health halo post for reasons on that!)

By the way, I am a huge proponent for preventing disease and future risk of disease (uhhh hello, I got my Masters in health promotion –which includes prevention!), so any fruit or vegetable with a link to a reduction in disease risk that can be proven I am game to try–as long as it comes in its real form!

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And with that, I am off to eat some yummy fruit and get my run on! I need to bust out some miles today—so maybe they’ll be done in the mountains? We shall see…. :)

What is YOUR favorite way to get in antioxidants?? Do YOU like the acai berry?? 

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Comments

  1. Oh my gosh San Diego had the BEST acai bowls!!!!! SO GOOD!!!

  2. I LOVE berries! I just wish they weren’t so expensive! I love just getting a big bowl of berries and putting some stevia and milk on top! So delicious!

  3. i LOVE blackberries and strawberries… they’re some of favorite fruits. i love fruit of all kind though, so it’s hard to choose. very interesting about the acai berry! i’ve actually never had a RAW acai berry. i’ve had drinks and froyo that is acai flavored though. i’m sure i’d like them though since i love berries so much.

  4. i’ve recently become obsessed with blackberries but i love most berries in general. although, gotta admit..not the biggest fan of blueberries. I’ve never had an actual acai berry before, i’ve def had it in drinks…i’m always down for extra antioxidants. enjoy your run girl!

  5. I love these! I also like goji berries – in smoothies, toss them in some raw granola, on oats, or in yogurt – or as a quick grab and go snack :)

  6. Orange is your color! Zumba = FUN

  7. Never had them. Do they taste like blueberries?

  8. Thanks for the Acai recap, Annette! I’ve heard lots of great things about the berry, but didn’t know specifically what it was good for.

    Do you know if they’re typically sold in berry form? I’ve only seen the juice!

  9. That’s so fun that you got to teach at a birthday party…too fun!

    I love acai berries, but I wish they were more accessible!

  10. I read a lot of good benefits of Acai berry online and most of them are saying that acai berry is good as antioxidants. I’m currently using issho genki supplements right now and it is good as antioxidants.
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  11. Antioxidants are definitely good for us, but nobody is entirely certain of their exact effect. Some studies have shown that antioxidant-rich diets can even help reduce the risk of certain types of cancers, which is good news across the board. However, nothing it conclusive at this point. But Acai Berry is truly amazing! It is exceptional.
    Dianne Nash recently posted…5 Things that Increase Your Risk for Heart DiseaseMy Profile

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