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Gold of the Amazon, the pearl of Brazil, the elixir of life, fountain of youth, Viagra of the Amazon... All these rave reviews are a little berry called acai or acai berry. Opened its properties recently, but, thanks to them, she quickly gained popularity on all continents.
Among the main admirers of acai berries famous TV host Oprah Winfrey, it has attracted the world's attention to this sweet dark berries, calling them "Superfoods number one".What kind of berries?
Overseas berries sing bunches on the palm trees ", Acaizeiro" growing up in the Northern part of South America in the Delta of the Amazon river. Palma itself has long been widely used by local people from its bark to weave baskets, bags, mats and sell them around the world and the leaves are coverings for homes of local residents. Edible and green buds "of the tree of life", also called the palm", Acaizeiro", but the greatest value, of course, represent the fruit.
Usually on the tree 3-4 long branches, each of which gives up to 5 pounds round, sometimes green or bright red, but often dark, similar to the grapes of small berries. The berries are quite delicate, so collect them manually. In respect of taste opinions differ: some say they resemble blackberries or raspberries, someone picks up the taste of nuts or chocolate, but overall, the taste of berries unusual for our latitudes. And the locals use them approximately as we – their berries: just eat fresh, make toppings, desserts, juices, wine, etc.
And now how found out about them...
Opened as the uniqueness of these berries for all the world almost by accident, as often happens with important discoveries. A group of scientists engaged in research in the Amazonian tropics, has drawn the attention of local residents. Spending a lot of time under the scorching sun, they have healthy skin and not only does not hurt, but to old age, keep a clear mind, health, and vigor. The doctors suggested that the secret lies in the diet, and no mistake – a source of health and longevity was a small dark berries in abundance used by the locals.
A renowned expert in the field of healthy nutrition, biologist Dr. Alex Chasse a study of the nutritional properties of acai berries berry came to the conclusion that the content of biologically active substances and antioxidants they are superior to all known edible fruits. But the whole world learned about the acai berry in 2004, when he published a book by American nutritionist Nicholas Perricone in which the acai fruit was named first in the list of foods for a long and healthy life.Acai is the best antioxidant in the world
What primarily distinguishes acai other fruits and berries is the presence of natural antioxidants, two times more than blueberries, 10 times more than grapes and 33 times more than natural red wine. Antioxidants, written so many that it is hardly advisable to repeated. We only recall that substances that prevent oxidation reactions that can damage DNA, cause cell death and accelerated aging.
The most known antioxidants include ascorbic acid (vitamin C), Tocopherols (vitamin E), carotenoids (vitamin and provitamin A). Also a strong antioxidant effect have a natural plant compounds called the flavonoids.
There is an indicator of the activity of antioxidants ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), developed by the National Institute of Aging, USA in 1992 and used as a tool for measurement of activity in absorbing free radicals for fruits, vegetables and other antioxidant foods and supplements. Such recognized favorites like blueberries, pomegranate, cranberries, blueberries, garlic and some other highly valued on the ORAC scale. However, the champion on this indicator was the fruit acai berry. Due to the high content of antioxidants of the berries contributes to the overall rejuvenation of body cells, including skin, hair, mucous membranes.
Berries contain little high-quality protein same as chicken egg, and the content of unsaturated fatty acids is comparable to olive oil. Impressive number of essential vitamins and minerals, this little fruit is also called "the pill vitamins."
100 grams of acai berries contains
• 9 g of vitamin C, essential for immunity, eyesight, decrease the amount of carcinogens in the body and has antioxidant activity;
• 360 mg of vitamin B1 (thiamine), supports normal functioning of the nervous system that help to process sugar and to cope with the extra weight;
• 10 mg of vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), the so-called "vitamin of beauty", supporting the youth and elasticity of the skin. In addition, it helps fight excess weight, normalizes the nervous and endocrine systems;
• 0.4 mg of vitamin B3, promotes maintenance of brain activity and improve sleep and memory, concentration of attention; it is also important for our brain as calcium is to our bones.
• Of 12.2 g of lipids, supporting a nutrient supply of body cells and are a source of energy;
• 118 mg of calcium, vital for formation of strong bones and maintain its strength; according to recent studies it is also important for eye health;
• 0.5 mg of phosphorus, from entering the body which is directly connected to mental and muscular activity;
• 45 mg of vitamin E called "vitamin of youth", which has antioxidant activity, normalizes hormonal balance, supporting the immune system and increase stamina;
In addition to this:
• potassium to support fluid balance in the body, normalizes blood pressure and improves oxygen supply to the brain;
• magnesium, normalizes the nervous and cardiovascular systems and is involved in the transmission of nerve impulses;
• beta-carotene that slows aging, improves skin regeneration, condition of the eyes, lungs, gastrointestinal tract;
• essential fatty acids omega-6 and omega-9 (they are very useful for lowering "bad" cholesterol in the blood;
• cyanidin, which prevents the development of obesity and diabetes, and on the basis of recent research, will play a crucial role in the anticancer therapy of the future.
and other vitamins and minerals.
It is especially necessary to mention the contents in the berries zinc to support hormonal balance in the body. As you know, it is especially necessary for men to testosterone synthesis, and more recently, scientists associated with zinc deficiency the occurrence of such deviations in the development of children as autism.
Let us consider briefly the effect of the use of acai berries to some of the organs and systems of the body:Cardio-vascular system.
Due to the fact that the berries contain large amounts of plant steroids and acids omega-3 and omega-6 (almost half of total fruit) consumption of acai berry helps the blood vessels stay healthy and elastic, reduces cholesterol, and effectively protect people from hypertension, arrhythmia, atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease.The immune system.
The beneficial effects of acai berries on immunity is explained largely by the presence of a large number of antioxidants that help destroy free radicals that helps the body cells to stay healthy, and help our immune system to cope with the disease and to work with maximum efficiency.Keeping the tone and intellectual activities.
The acai palm berries are a source of additional energy for the body, due to their content of Niacin, sometimes called the fuel of our body. Getting nicotine acid from the berries, the body does not need to expend energy on its production, which as a result is released. Regular consumption of the fruit allow you to keep all day performance without drowsiness in the morning and tiredness in the evening and not to overload the stomach.
Through they contain unsaturated fatty acids, zinc and other minerals, berries and products made from them stimulate mental activity. During the preparation for exams and other intellectual loads they can replace the traditional chocolate or coffee with more health benefits.
Acai berries contain large amounts of vitamins and beta-carotene, which improve the condition of the mucous membranes of the digestive tract and prevents the development of inflammatory and ulcerous processes.
In addition, the fibrous structure of the berries helps digest food in the stomach, eliminates constipation absorbs and helps eliminate toxins and poisons through the gastrointestinal tract.Sexual health.
Another aspect that is very important – acai berry is often called the Viagra of the Amazon. Improving metabolism, while detoxify the body, they increase the libido of both men and women. And as you know, the sexual life itself is postpone aging.And of course, about losing weight...
And finally, about the eternal female desire to lose weight. Yes, with such a strong nutritional potential of acai will help in this. However, the indigenous inhabitants of Brazil were hardly concerned with these questions, but the logic is simple. The berries are so nutritious that a little bit of any product from the berries in the morning can provide energy if not for the whole day, then before lunch — that's for sure.
You are provided with the necessary supply of nutrients, vigorous and energetic, the brain is functioning normally, the stomach does not suffer from excess of food, and you don't want to eat. Gradually improves digestion, removes harmful toxins, there is a noticeable weight reduction.
Regular intake of acai fruit or its products food digests better, and the acceleration of metabolism make you forget the concept of "overweight". At the same time, unlike sitting on a diet due to high intake of vitamins and minerals improve the hair, nails and skin.
Thus, we see that acai berry health effect, leave far behind all the known fruits. They strengthen the immune system, increase vitality, reduce LDL "bad" cholesterol levels; normalize blood pressure, normalize weight, improve cardiovascular and nervous system, support normal digestion, rejuvenates the body, increase libido and treat sexual disorders.
According to the latest data, the fruit of the acai berry improve the condition in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, make better vision, memory and mental activity, help to prevent and even stop the development of tumors of different origin. Here he writes about acai berry Dr. Alex Chasse: "I can spend my whole life just exploring this berry. Last year at the University of Pittsburgh on the basis of the conducted researches have revealed that this berry kills cancer cells".And finally...
Sorry, just to add to your diet acai will not succeed, for it will have to visit Brazil. The berries are very delicate and lose nearly all their properties a few hours after collection. Yes, and the gathering of berries is carried out very carefully: each collector of berries is using both insurance of special loops, climbs the tree trunk, cut down a branch with fruit, and with her hands down on the ground. Bunch can't even leave the fruit can be damaged. Immediately the berries are sent for processing, the purpose of which is to preserve everything useful that is in the living berry.
But about inaccessibility for us of fresh berries do not worth it. How would not actively advertised the acai palm berries, all who are interested in healthy eating, know that panacea on all occasions does not happen. No matter how many antioxidants we didn't eat, no fresh air, reasonable traffic, and, finally, a healthy diet, they will not help us. Let us remember that all the most useful products are indeed "Superfoods" only in combination with a healthy lifestyle and good mood.
Be healthy and prosperous!