The Acai Berry Kills Cultured Leukemia Cells | Health Benefits | Amino Acids | Vitamins & More
Author C. Sanders. Published on June 2, 2011 - 2:22 am (3958 views — 675 words
In 2008, Dr. Oz appeared on the Oprah show, raving about the Acai Berry. What is all the fuss about?
Acai Juice has the highest levels of antioxidents of any food. It also has very high levels of omega 3 fats (the good kind). It is loaded with fiber and other nutritional benefits.
Acai has been titled as the "Super Food". It is considered one of the most powerful foods in the world.
It is rich in Omega fats, amino acids (Top Ten Essential Amino Acids
), electrolytes, antioxidants, protein, vitamins A, B1, and E.
In the Amazon, people have been using the Acai Berry for many years due to it's power. It is used in food dishes, drinks, shakes, etc. It is also commonly fixed up into a breakfast dish to give you that boost of energy and nutrition you need to conquer the day.
The Acai Berry is known for its multiple health and nutrition benefits, but it is also known to help greatly in areas such as weight loss, sexual dysfunction, and insomnia. It helps in fighting cancerous cells, and diabetes.
The Acai Berry has been featured on shows such as The Today Show, Oprah Winfrey, and many others. It's definitely drawn its share of attention over the last few years.
The power to destroy leukemia cells?
To add a little context to this article, researches at the University of Florida tested the power of the acai berry.
Published Thursday, January 12th, 2006 in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the study showed extracts from acai (ah-SAH'-ee) berries triggered a self-destruct response in up to 86 percent of leukemia cells tested, said Stephen Talcott, an assistant professor with UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
"Acai berries are already considered one of the richest fruit sources of antioxidants," Talcott said. "This study was an important step toward learning what people may gain from using beverages, dietary supplements or other products made with the berries."
Talcott added that the study, funded by UF sources, was not intended to show whether compounds found in acai berries could prevent leukemia in people.
"This was only a cell-culture model and we don't want to give anyone false hope," Talcott said. "We are encouraged by the findings, however. Compounds that show good activity against cancer cells in a model system are most likely to have beneficial effects in our bodies."
Other fruits, including grapes, guavas and mangoes, contain antioxidants shown to kill cancer cells in similar studies, he said. Experts are uncertain how much effect antioxidants have on cancer cells in the human body, because factors such as nutrient absorption, metabolism and the influence of other biochemical processes may influence the antioxidants' chemical activity.
Does acai come with side effects?
As of today, there are no known side-effects to consuming the acai berry, except for a much healhier condition and state of mind. It is relatively new to the United States still, and of course is being researched and reviewed by health professionals nationwide.
Best selling author Dr. Nicholas Perricone
, author of The Perricone Promise
calls the acai berry the "top superfood".
Dr. Perricone, M.D., FACN, is a board certified clinical and research dermatologist. He is regarded as the Father of the Inflammation Theory of Aging. Dr. Perricone holds dozens of US and international patents for the treatment of skin and systemic disease, and for the use of topical anti-inflammatories for reversing and preventing damage to skin.
He is the author of three New York Times number one best sellers and is a popular guest on national television, often appearing on shows like the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show and 20/20. He has been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Vogue named Dr. Perricone "one of the best dermatologists in the U.S."
Dr. Perricone's remarks about the acai berry
"[It will] help you boost your peptide power to prevent inflammation and improve your immune system, to give you vibrant, glowing skin and to enjoy extraordinarily good health."