Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Acai Berry

Every day, every cell in your body takes about 10.000 separate hits by free radicals, a leading factor in the onset of aging and degenerative disease.  In search of a defense against free radicals, scientists have focused intensely on the potent antioxidant capacity of berry extracts......especially the Acai berry, now considered an antioxidant powerhouse.
The ORAC  (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) test measures the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals.  Fruits and vegetables with a higher ORAC score (and richer color) have been shown to suppress free radicals far more effectively than lightly pigmented foods.  And the Acai berry tops the list with the highest score of all.

Acai has been shown to powerfully counteract the superoxide and peroxyl radicals, which are among the most destructive free radicals.  Its potent antioxidant properties and highly beneficial polyphenol profile give Acai the ablilty to combat cellular aging and oxidative damage.  And research reveals that Acai may be a major cancer fighter, a major cardiovascular protector, and beneficial to brain function (with potential for treatment of neurological disorders like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease).      

Ladies........this is another important berry that we should add to our diet.  This is the perfect time of year to add these extremely healthy fruits that will keep us boomers forever young!

This article was taken from Life Extension - page 13.

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