Thursday, 16 July 2009

The healthiest fruits

The healthiest fruits

The world's healthiest fruit once was the blueberry, then the pomegranate and now the acai. This is a purple berry found to grow on palm trees in the floodplains of the Amazon basin. Its health benefits include 10 times the antioxidant level of grapes and twice that of blueberries. Antioxidants are compounds that help to inhibit premature aging, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer disease by neutralizing free radicals.

Free radicals, in simple terms, are unstable atoms present in the body that can cause damage to cells, protein and DNA. Antioxidants work by donating an electron to a free radical so it becomes a stable oxygen molecule.

The acai also has 10 to 30 times the anthocyanins of red wine and is found to be rich in Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids. Anthocyanins are an excellent source of antioxidants and Omega 3 fatty acids have been linked to a reduction in the risk of coronary heart disease.

As with most fruits, the acai is a good natural source of fiber providing 44.2 grams of fiber per 100 grams of the fruit. In that same 100 grams of acai, you will also reap 8 grams of protein. The vitamin and mineral makeup of this little purple berry include A, B1, B2, B3, C and E; potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper and zinc. The acai and blueberries have the same vitamin C level but the acai has over 1000 IU of Vitamin A for every 100 grams of berry.

The up and coming super food the next health craze to hit, will be with incredible little purple berry the acai.


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