Acai and Mental Well-being
Acai Provides Mental Well-Being
Looking for mental clarity and a high quality product to support mental well-being? The acai berry, a small, black berry similar to a grape, is used in energy drinks and protein bars, and is now sold in a freeze dried powder as a vitamin supplement. Because of the Oliec acid in this fruit, it can to help enhance mental alertness, and can even improve memory.1
But, what other properties does this unique and extremely healthy fruit possess? How can the acai berry enhance one's physical and mental well-being? Read on to find out more.
Antioxidant and Nutritional Properties
The acai fruit has a very high amount of anthocyanins, a substance that helps the body fight free radicals, or toxic substances, in the environment, like cigarette smoke, smog and harmful particles in the air. Anthocyanins2 can also help lower cholesterol levels. Additional antioxidants (anthocyanins), like vitamin C and E, are also found in the acai berry (fruit), and the calcium and potassium found in the fruit can help to ease menstrual pain and prevent osteoporosis.
Acai has been in the news in recent years and this very potent fruit has been featured on a number of talk shows and health profiles. For instance, in 2004 the acai fruit was named number one on Dr. Nicholas Perricone's top ten superfoods, topping the list of such superfoods as barley, yogurt, and green, leafy vegetables.
Dr. Perricone appeared on the Oprah show and explained more about the acai berry and its superior nutritional quality, as well as the improvement acai berry has made in individuals with diabetes. The acai berry has anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to decrease insulin levels. NBC's Today Show featured a special report on the acai berry, calling it the "Viagra of the Amazon river." Acai berry has been said to improve the sexual health and stamina of men, and promote better circulation. It is important to note though, that this has not yet been scientifically proven.
1 "Fatty foods 'offer memory boost'". BBC. 27 April 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8020218.stm.
2 Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry Presents Research from the 2007 International Berry Health Benefits Symposium, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry ACS Publications, February 2008
Research has shown that a supplement such as the acai berry may be able to provide you with a number of benefits.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure any diseases.