FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
What is acai?
Acai (ah-sigh-EE) is the high-energy berry that grows on a special palm tree found in the Amazon. The acai berry comes from the Brazilian rainforests and, according to those who have had it, tastes like a mixture of chocolate and berries. This fruit is a royal purple color and provides a huge amount of energy. The acai berry is also full of amino acids, antioxidants, and Omega-3 essential fatty acids.
Why buy Amazon Thunder™ Amazonian Herbs and Fruits?
Everything we create is certified organic or made from organic ingredients and is manufactured in quality controlled USDA organic certified facilities. This is to ensure only the freshest and highest quality!
Amazon Thunder™ products have no added sugar. We're a lot more than just the best Acai! Our products may help as an anti-inflammatory1 and as an antioxidant1-2 so, we chose not to add sugar because sugar has been know to cause inflammation10. Also, unlike many acai distributors, we do not add caffeine to our acai.
Amazon Thunder™ contains:
- Essential Fatty Acids, Omegas 3, 6, and 9: These are the "good" fats of the human body and are very important to our health. These are considered "essential" because the human body does not manufacture large quantities of them despite the fact that these substances are involved in the vital functions of the body, especially in building the structure of cell membranes and in the synthesis of prostaglandin, lecithin, and melanin. These essential fatty acids play an important role in maintaining low levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, in stabilizing the heart's rhythm, in cleaning the arteries, and in normalizing arterial pressure. They regulate the hormone prostaglandin, which helps the body in cleansing the walls of the blood vessels and in diminishing the formation of blood clots. Some scientists do not consider Omega 9 as essential because the body can produce it in small quantities; either way, it's associated with the reduction of arterioscleroses and in the reduction of insulin resistance, which helps balance glucose levels. Essential Fatty Acids improve the immune system.1
Anthocyanins and Polyphenols (Antioxidants): These antioxidants are substances that protect cells from oxidation caused by "free radical" molecules.7 These chemical products can damage the body by splitting important cells, including proteins, damaging membranes, and creating mutations in DNA. Cell deterioration caused by free radicals is a cause in the development of cancer; in the loss of mental capacity and memory; the development of degenerative illnesses; and in premature aging.
According to a study by the Departmet of Food Science and Human Nutrition3, “acai pulp was found to have a relatively high antioxidant content with respect to other anthocyanin-rich fruits such as highbush blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, and muscadine grape juice."
The acai berry's high concentrations of antioxidant polyphenolics, which comes primarily from anthocyanin, provide it with excellent potential as a functional food ingredient.4-6
The public is highly aware of the term “antioxidant”, which has been defined as follows by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences: “a substance in foods that significantly decreases the adverse effects of reactive species, such as reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, on normal physiologic function in humans.”
The findings in one study may have significant value as to [acai’s] antioxidant role in aging and disease.1
- Essential Amino Acid: These amino acids help with muscle regeneration, providing strength and resistance.
- Sterols (beta-sitosterol): These phytosterols have very special properties. Their formula is very similar to that of cholesterol, allowing them to mask cholesterol. By doing so, the body doesn't absorb this cholesterol. For many years sterols have been used for lowering the levels of cholesterol in the blood and for problems of the prostate, for balancing blood sugar levels, and for helping to control type II diabetes (caused by aging). Also anti-mutagenic effects and the ability to help fortify the immune system have been reported.1
- Vitamins A and C: These are antioxidant vitamins found in nature. They fortify the immune system, the skin, the eyes, and assist with the formation of red blood cells. The absence of Vitamin A produces blurry vision, bad nails, dry skin, and hair loss. The absence of Vitamin C diminishes our defenses, causes premature wrinkles to appear, delays healing of injuries, and can lead to inflammation, bloody sore,s and a general abatement. If you suffer from one of these symptoms, it may be that you're not getting enough of one or both of these vitamins.
"Edible berries, a potential source of natural anthocyanin antioxidants, have demonstrated a broad spectrum of biomedical functions. These include cardiovascular disorders, advancing age-induced oxidative stress, inflammatory responses, and diverse degenerative diseases. Berry anthocyanins also improve neuronal and cognitive brain functions, ocular health as well as protect genomic DNA integrity."8
"Acai's health benefits are astounding, and scientists are touting the fruits high level of proteins, fiber, vitamin E, minerals, and important essential fatty acids. Acai's antioxidant concentration surpasses even blueberries, and it is also a valuable, natural cholesterol controller. Additional studies on Acai have also discovered that it builds the immune system, fights infection, protects the heart, and can control prostate enlargement."9
In 1992, the ORAC, short for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, test was developed by Dr. Guohua Cao, a chemist and physician at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, Maryland. This test tube analysis measures the total antioxidant power of foods and other chemical substances. Early findings suggest that eating plenty of high-ORAC fruits and vegetables such as spinach and blueberries may help slow the processes associated with aging in both body and brain. According to Suzanne Dixon (MPH, MS, RD), ORAC is just a fancy way of asking, "How well does a certain food help my body fight diseases like cancer and heart disease?"
What is a normal ORAC unit amount for daily consumption?
The average person needs to consume a minimum of 1670 ORAC units per day. To put this in perspective, 80% - 90% of people do not consume even half of the daily recommended ORAC units. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), researchers in healthy eating at Tufts University have found that in order to provide meaningful antioxidant health benefits in a nutritional supplement, a person needs to take in at least 2400 to 3000 ORAC units a day.
According to recent studies, an average human being consumes 1000 ORAC units daily; as you can see, we are consuming considerably less ORAC units than we should be. This has led to an increase in degenerative illnesses (cancer, arthritis, loss of the memory, etc.) in the last several decades. With Amazon Thunder Acai, you're getting 20,000 total ORAC units per fluid ounce!
Check out the USDA's Determined ORAC Value of Select Foods. Amazon Thunder has above average ORAC values.
Click here for more research projects supported by the USDA.
Did you know that our Acai berry supplement is an excellent source of Omega 3,6, and 9 healthy fatty acids along with Vitamins A, B, B1, B2, B3, C, and E?
It has an 20,000+ ORAC score per fluid oz!
The importance of NO flow agents, additives, or fillers! Buyer beware of any supplement capsule or tablet containing magnesium stearate, silica, stearic acid, or calcium stearate. These are flow agents that are made by hydrogenating cottonseed or palm oil. They are used throughout the supplements industry as lubricants to speed up production. They accumulate in the body and will decrease absorption by as much as 75%. They have no value! These flow agents also contain high amounts of pesticides and herbicides. Stearic acid, which makes up for more than half of the mass in magnesium stearate, has been found in in-vitro lab studies to inhibit T-cell function. Magnesium stearate has been found to cause allergic symptomology in certain individuals.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please note. NO claims can be made that any Amazon Thunder product will provide any health benefit. All we can say is that they may help. Due to strict FDA regulation, we cannot guarantee any results from using any all natural holistic herbs and/or supplements.
Stop HARMING your body and wasting your hard earned money with non-organic certified supplements, vitamins, and herbs! They are loaded with additives, herbicides, pesticides, preservatives, and other chemicals. Our liquid is packaged in GLASS BOTTLES that DO NOT leech like ALL plastic juice bottles do. Others CANNOT offer what our audited organic supplements brands can! Think about it logically! Why would you even think of detoxing or supplementing your body with anything NOT organic certified and not made from the purest of the pure? Why throw your money away with these worthless supplements offered by these mass producing bottom line "margin is everything" companies and risk long term health issues and a TON of wasted hard earned dollars? This is not logical.
Additives like Magnesium stearate and Silica are known to actually inhibit T-Cell function, while preservatives like sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate are known carcinogens. Even so, many companies producing certified organic supplements still add in these fillers and other agents! Be sure to review the ingredients list BEFORE you buy. Don't just let them tell you their products are organic. Get them to produce their certification! If their finished product is NOT certified by a top certifier, THEY ARE NOT ORGANIC! "Made with organic ingredients" does not cut it, either. Anyone can say that. Where was it packaged? Where is the certification for the ingredient supplies? Does it match lot numbers? There are very strict procedures one has to follow before any certifier will even consider saying something is organic certified.
Amazon Thunder's full line up is CERTIFIED ORGANIC and is one of THE PUREST! ABSOLUTELY NO PRESERVATIVES, ADDITIVES, OR FILLERS! We are one of only a HANDFUL in the world that offers 100% organic wholeness and purity of product. We are truly unparalleled.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
For our Soursop, Guanabana, and Guyabana seekers! These are just names used to describe Graviola in other countries and languages. You will find our Graviola is pure, uncut, and the most potent, organic, and kosher in as we bring it directly from the Amazon. We do not recommend this product in juice form as it will be loaded with sugars and contain a lot of water. Our capsules are pure, uncut, and contain NO FILLERS and NO FLOW AGENTS like the dangerous Magnesium Stearate or Silicas found in most supplements.
Other common names for Graviola include guanábana (Spanish), graviola (Brazilian Portuguese, pronounced: [gÉ¾ÉviËˆÉ”lÉ]), Brazilian pawpaw, guyabano, and guanavana.
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee any results or make any claims whatsoever due to FDA regulations. While this does not mean users will not see results, it does mean that results will vary from person to person. We can only suggest that you try our produts. "These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease."
UNCUT - NO fillers - NO additives - NO preservatives - NO dangerous Silica - No dangerous Magnesium stearate - NO added sugars or water - Unparalleled & delivered right to your door, on time, every time, GUARANTEED!
Did you know that just six capsules of our organic freeze dried Acai Capsules or a one ounce serving of our Organic Acai Pulp Puree is equal to your daily required fruit minimum intake to meet antioxidant ORAC unit requirements?
For more information on any of our ingredients, please go to Pub Med and do a generic search for any of our ingredients used. You will find extensive research that has been documented by the US government.
Balance PH and go Alkaline: Try our Acai puree and our Acai capsules as well as our Acerola.
Looking for a great all natural sleep aid or organic sedative? Try our organic Graviola / Soursop / Guyabano / Guanabana. It may help you get a good night's sleep!
Looking for one of the best sources of Omega 3, 6, or 9 fatty acids? Try our Acai capsules and our Acai puree.
Looking to lower Blood Sugar Levels or control your Diabetes? Try our Graviola and Acai Berry capsules.
Cancers and Cancer prevention: Try our Graviola, Elixa-da-Vida, Acai puree, and Acai capsules.
Cysts or Tumors: Try our Graviola, Elixa-da-Vida, Acai puree, and Acai capsules.
Leukemia and Leukemia prevention: Try our Acai puree, Acai Berry capsules, and Graviola.
Looking to Lower cholesterol? Try our Acai puree and our Acai capsules.
Seeking to Lower Blood Pressure? Try our Graviola.
Chrons or Fibromyalgia: Try our Elixa-da-Vida and our Acai capsules or Acai puree.
Stress, Depression, or Nervous Disorders: Try our Graviola.
Hemmorhoids: Try our Acai Berry puree.
Ulcers: Try our Elixa-da-Vida.
Viruses, Flus, Colds, Parasites, Infections: Try our Graviola.
Looking to boost immunity? Try our Acerola, Graviola, Acai capsules, and Acai Puree.
Daily Detox, Anti-Aging, Firm Up and Lose Unwanted Fat and Increase circulation: Try our Acai puree @ 20,000 ORAC per fl oz or our Acai capsules!
Why Additive Free?
Do you take health supplements for the useless – and potentially dangerous – fillers? Of course not! Unfortunately, far too many supplement manufacturers don’t see the problem with filling your supplements up with harmful and pointless fillers that do nothing except decrease the value you’re getting for your money and increase chances for a bad reaction to the supplement itself.
Amazon Thunder, on the other hand, is:
- 100% Natural
- 100% Organic
- 100% Additive Free
In fact, we’ve been the number one health supplements brand when it comes to additive free products since 2005! That means that we don’t use any of the 323 additives approved for use in the United States. We believe that you deserve the health benefits of an all natural supplement, not one that is full of potential allergens that could cause dangerous reactions.
Why Are Additives Used?
Additives are used in health supplements for a number of reason (but none of them are good):
- They ensure a consistent appearance from pill to pill.
- They add bulk.
- They help ensure that the machinery used in the production process runs smoothly and quickly. This increases profit.
- Increased shelf life.
- “Improved appearance”, including adding bright colors to the supplements.
Additives are used for the manufacturer’s benefit, in other words, but they don’t do anything good for your health. In fact, they can sometimes lead to complex reactions that can be quite dangerous.
That’s why we’re additive free, and have been since 2005! We understand that you’re taking a health supplement to improve your health, not derail it, and you should get exactly what you’re paying for. Our supplements are health through and through. They’re beneficial to take and aren’t hard on your body.
Don’t settle for less!
We’ve been producing additive free supplements for eleven years, and were the first to pioneer the concept in the mainstream health supplement industry. While others are now beginning to see the light and jump on the bandwagon, rest assured that we’ve already been perfecting our technique and production process since 2005.
What About “Free from Artificial Additives”?
Sometimes you’ll see a brand that proclaims that it is free from “artificial additives”, and many people assume this means that there are no fillers. That’s not the case! Many of the most prolific additives tend to be described as “natural”, which means that your supplements could be labeled as being free from “artificial” additives but still contain plenty of them. Stearic acid and magnesium stearate, for example, are both considered “natural”, however any supplement that uses them is definitely NOT additive free!
Potential Health Risk of Additives
In general, supplements that use multiple additives have a higher risk for causing a negative reaction in users than those that do not. In fact, the more fillers used – and some brands use dozens – the higher the risk for dangerous interactions. That’s because many additives are considered allergens, and using them only increases the chance that individuals, particularly those sensitive to chemicals, could have an adverse reaction to the supplement in question.
Here are some of the most commonly used additives:
- Calcium Stearate (Stearic Acid)
- Silicon Dioxide
- Carnauba Wax
- Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate
- Glyceryl Monostearate
- Indigo (E132)
- Magnesium Stearate
- Microcrystalline Cellulose
- Propylene Glycol
- Polysorbate 80
- Polyvinylpyrrolidone (E1201) PVP
- Sodium Benzoate
Some of the most common additives like Magnesium Stearate, and Stearic Acid can inhibit T-CELL function. That hinders the body’s ability to prevent cancer and other diseases!
75% Better Absorption with Additive Free
In addition to causing adverse reactions in many people, additives hinder the absorption rate of supplements. That means that sometimes the nutritional value of the supplement takes much longer to reach your system, and sometimes it might not even give you any benefit at all. Supplements without additives, on the other hand, absorb much more quickly and fully.
Better Value for Your Money
Finally, supplements that are additive free are just a better value for your money. You’re receiving more health benefits per dollar than you are when you buy supplements that are full of fillers. Don’t you deserve the best value possible?
Amazon Thunder’s supplements are:
- All Natural
- Organic as Certified by the QAI
- Kosher Certified
- Made with 100% Fair Trade Certified Ingredients
- Sustainably Harvested
- The #1 Source of Healthy Omegas
- A Great Source for Alkaline
- Full of 20,000 ORAC Units per Fluid Ounce
- GMO Free
- Caffeine Free
Additionally, Amazon Thunder is family founded, operated, and owned since 2005!
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10 Click here to see article.