The Amazing Acai Berry!

A diet rich in antioxidants is a great way to keep a healthy immune system, neutralize cell damaging free radicals and combat various forms of cancer. One of the most potent sources of antioxidants hails from a type of palm tree in the Amazon rain forest in Brazil: the acai berry.

The antioxidant measurement score, ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), is used to determine how potent a food is in terms of neutralizing free radicals. For a long time, blueberries were thought to be “it” when it came to an ORAC value (having around a 6,500), but the acai berry comes in with a massive ORAC value of over 100,000.1

Other benefits of the acai berry include:

• Good source of protein

• High in the healthy fats, Omega 3, 6 and 9

• All the vitamins and minerals of most fruits

• High in anthocyanins, which can help lower cholesterol

• Great for detoxing, keeping the digestive system in top running function

• Anti-aging benefits

Amazon natives have known the power of the acai berry for centuries, using it to boost energy levels, treat various ailments and even to sustain life during times of famine. Having a nutrition plan which includes plenty of antioxidants is vital to a healthy life, and the simple addition of the acai berry can greatly increase overall health and wellness. Try using acai in a smoothie, as a bowl (like they do at Ze/Lin), drink it in place of your morning juice, or as a snack to munch on. Really any berry is a great addition to your nutrition plan, and the acai berry is one of the healthiest and most beneficial ones you can eat.

By: James Van Dyne

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