Why should you too use “Açai” as a nutritional supplement:
• Slows down the aging process
• Protects your nervous system
• Improves your digestive functions
• Lowers your cholesterol
• Reduces your cancer risk
• Anti-inflammatory and revitalizing
• Promotes your weight loss…
What is Açai?
Açai (Euterpe oleracea) is a species of palm which grows in the Amazon rainforest, in the north of Brazil. It is known to the natives under the name “içà-cai”, which means “the crying fruit”. Its fruit is a purple berry with an anthocyanin concentration, strong antioxidants, higher level than those found in red wine. Açai berries are also an excellent source of calcium, iron, vitamin B1, B2, and B3, of vitamin C and E, as well as essential fatty acids. They are also rich in fibers. For hundreds of years, these Açai berries are part of the traditional nutrition of Amazon natives. Açai belongs also to their culture, as much as in there legends, nutrition or traditional medicine. Brazilians traditionally use them for digestive problems or skin diseases.
The anti-inflammatory effects of anthocyanin helps explain numerous other protective effects. The brain is particularly vulnerable to oxidative damage. Nitration residues of peroxonitric Tyrosine in the enzymes and protein are a major cause of cerebral lesions within neuro-degenerative sicknesses and brain traumas. Nitrate tyrosine blocks the reception site of the nervous growth factor, preventing the neural growth and repairing. By preventing the tyrosine nitration, the anthocyanin could help protecting neurologic sicknesses. Demonstrations have proven that a supplementation in blueberries could help inverse the neurological deficits linked to ageing.
The dark purple color of the fruit is due to the presence of phenol compounds. The skin of the berries contains 10 to 30 times more anthocyanin than red wine. Açai is known its strong antioxidant proprieties. During an in vitro test, anthocyanin and phenols, known for the antioxidant powers, have been extracted from the fruit. The ORAC value of Açai (an evolution of the antioxidant power) is one of the highest found in fruit extracts.
Anthocyanin have a benefic influence on numerous health problems. One of the reasons of this influence resides in the anti-inflammatory proprieties which affect the collagen and the nervous system.
Its capacity to protect small and big blood vessels from oxidative damages is due to en ensemble of effects including the damage alleviation on the micro vessels caused by a much too high level of sugar in the blood, responsible for diabetic complications.
During the inflammation, enzymes damage the conjunctive tissues within the capillary, provoking a blood infiltration in the tissues surrounding. Oxidants are freed and other lesions provoked on the blood vessel walls. Anthocyanins protect in different ways. First, they neutralize the enzymes which destroy the conjunctive tissues. Then, their antioxidant capacity prevents the oxidants from damaging. And finally, they repair the damaged proteins within the blood vessel walls. Animal experiments have demonstrated that a supplement in anthocyanin anticipates efficiently the inflammation and lesion of the blood vessels and its consequences.