- helps maintain the healthy function of the body's systems
- increases energy, libido and stamina supports the immune system
- is a powerful anti-inflammatory reduces pain and soreness
The Acai is a palm tree native to tropical Central and South America. Studies of the traditional Cabocio native populations of the Amazon revealed that acai is a major component of their diet. Incidentally these native tribes are incredibly health.
How potent is the acai berry? It has 10 times the antioxidant power of red grapes and twice that of blueberries. Tests have been developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to measure the potency of an antioxidant to neutralize a free radical. The most reliable test is the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity} The higher the ORAC rating the more potent the antioxidant. The current recommendation of the USDA is that we consume 3,000 to 5,000 ORAC units daily. Unfortunately it has been determined that about 80% of the American population is consuming less than 1,000 ORAC units a day. These people will lose the battle against aging unless they change their eating habits.
Fruits and vegetables have the highest ORAC values. Per 100 grams apples score 218, bananas 221, blueberries 2,400. Fresh acai has an ORAC score of 5,500!
More about acai in our next post!