Health Benefits Of Acai Berries



The latest addition to the supplement world is the Acai Berry. An incredible fruit of the Amazon Rain Forest and is native to Central and South America. While it's not a magic pill that's going to solve every health problem, the acai berry shows promise of many health benefits.

The acai berry is an inch-long reddish, purple fruit related to the cranberry and blueberry.

Research has shown that the acai berry has high antioxidant activity. Antioxidants help prevent heart disease and cancer. They also help defend the body from pollutants, pesticides, cigarette smoke, and other synthetic chemicals in the environment and foods.

Acai berries contain anthocyanins and flavonoids. These antioxidants protect the body from stress. The anthocyanins keep eyes healthy and help prevent the two serious eye diseases glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Acai berries improves energy levels and stamina naturally.

Acai berries help to increase the immune system so that the body can defend itself of flu, cold and other viruses, infections and disease.

The acai berry is full of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, amino acids and phytosterols. All these help to increase metabolism so the body burns fat making weight loss easier. They also help to reduce LDL cholesterol levels by up to 15 percent.

The acai berry can also help promote more restful sleep. The amino acids relax muscles and it also has Vitamin B which produces dopamine and serotonin in the brain.

Acai berries spoil within one day of being harvested so the fresh fruit is available only where the berries are grown. But acai supplementation is available in powder, liquid and capsule forms.

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