Acai Berries – The Facts

Acai Berries – The Facts

Up until the late 1990s, knowledge of the Acai berry (a palm fruit) was limited to a privileged few living in and near the Amazon jungles of Brazil. For thousands of years, this highly perishable berry provided a small community of people with a wealth of nutrients. Lucky for us, today the nutritious treasure of the acai berry is available to all parts of the world.

The acai berry has been somewhat of a celebrity recently. Talk shows and news programs-have perpetuated unrealistic health expectations of this little berry. But the question still lingers in many of our minds: Is the berry really as healthy to eat as it is being touted to be? Can it indeed help support a healthy weight, your heart, your immune system-even boost your energy? Eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals will nutritionally support a healthy body-and the acai berry will provide you with these nutrients. Acai Berries are loaded with vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, and E; and minerals such as copper, zinc, calcium, manganese and potassium. It also contains 19 essential amino acids (protein-building structures), 3 plant sterols and omega fatty acids along with dietary fiber. To top it all, the antioxidant strength of these berries is considered to be higher than any other food. This is due to the presence of anthocyanins, a plant nutrient.

The Acai berry has been used to support heart health since 50 percent of the fruit contains fat, a major portion of which is the heart healthy omega3s. The antioxidant, anthocyanin, supports immunity health. Acai berries contain a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals, along with proteins. Quite an impressive little bomb of explosive nutrients! Because the berry is easily perishable and must be processed within 24 hours of picking, a unique freeze-dried technology is utilized to preserve the maximum amount of nutrients within the berry. Other technologies, like spray dried, are not as effective in retaining the berry's wholesome nutrients.

Acai Berries and Resveratrol: The antioxidants in the Acai berry have often been compared to the antioxidant strength of Resveratrol, found in red grapes. Resveratrol is believed to be especially beneficial in supporting cardiovascular health. It helps to support healthy blood circulation and healthy heart functions. Nutritional supplements, like New Vitality's Acai Berry, have combined both these nutritious ingredients, the Acai berry and Resveratrol, in a special formula that supports major functions of the body. All the nutritive benefits of Acai berries combined with dual antioxidant strength can nutritionally promote both heart and immune health.