Acai vs Arthritis
Arthritis is a complex disorder that comprises more than 100 distinct conditions and can affect people at any stage of life. Two most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Both forms have different causes, risk factors and effects on the body but tend to have the same symptom of constant joint pain. This pain can appear in many parts of the body including the hip, knee, hand, wrist or virtually any other joint area in the body.
The Acai berry from Brazil consists of antioxidants, vitamins, protein, and healthy fatty acids. These ingredients combined with a healthy diet may help with cellular metabolism, boosting the immune system and inflammation of the muscles or joints. If we have a poor diet or are over stressed, our body may not be excreting the toxins it needs to. If these toxins are released into our cells the cells themselves can become oxidized, toxic and inflamed causing muscle and joint pain. By having a better diet our bodies will be able to absorb more nutrients and excrete the toxins it should be. With better nutrition comes a stronger immune system and can help to reduce inflammation that has occurred in the body.
Furthermore, acai was found to be a potential cyclooxygenase (COX)-1 and COX-2 inhibitor1. This is important because the inhibition of COX can provide relief from the symptoms of inflammation and pain.2
As Antioxidants have been found to reduce inflammation, consuming products that contain a high level of antioxidants (such as the acai berry) may help to reduce the inflammation in muscles and joints thus reducing the amount of pain the inflammation may cause. These antioxidants may also help with the toxicity levels and oxidation of our cells which also leads to inflammation. Acai is safe to consume daily and should be part of healthy diet regime.
1 Schauss, A. G.; Wu, X.; Prior, R. L.; Ou, B.; Patel, D.; Huang, D.; Owens, John.; Agarwal, Amit.; Jensen, Gitte S.; Hart, Aaron N.; Shanbrom, Edward. “Antioxidant Capacity and Other Bioactivities of the Freeze-Dried Amazonian Palm Berry, Euterpe oleraceae Mart. (Acai)” J. Agric. Food Chem. 2006, 54, 8598–8603.
2 “Cyclooxygenase.” Wikipedia. 17 June 2009; 22 July 2009. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclooxygenase
Research has shown that a supplement such as the acai berry may be able to provide you with a number of benefits.
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