Learn About the Benefits of Acai Berry

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by Denise on December 24, 2010 · 1 comment

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Single moms should know all about items to add to yours and your child’s diet for better health, so learn all about the acai berry! The acai berry has recently been at the forefront of the weight loss nutritional product market. People claim that this tiny fruit can literally melt pounds away from your body. Others claim that the nutrient has healing powers, even claiming it can cure cancer. Just what is the acai berry, and is it something you should be adding to your diet, or is this just a bunch of hype over nothing?

The acai berry is a berry that grows wild in the Amazon rainforest. The native people of this region have used the berry throughout their history, believing it to have healing powers and the ability to enhance health. The deep purple berry is, in fact, quite healthy. Like blueberries, it is full of antioxidants. This is part of what contributes to the apparent health benefits of eating the berry.

Acai berry is also full of compounds called anthocyanins. This is believed to support heart health. These are also found in red wine, but are in far higher concentrations in the berry. The anthocyanins combined with the antioxidants in the berry also cause it to slow the aging process.

Like most fruits, acai berries are full of fiber. They also contain quite a bit of protein, as well as omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids, which also help keep the heart healthy. Some advocates of these berries believe that these essential oils also reduce cholesterol.

These are all excellent health benefits, but what most people want to know is whether or not this “super fruit” can help them lose weight. It does appear that acai berry boosts metabolism, which causes an individual to burn more calories than normal. Also, the added fiber in the fruit will help you to feel full faster while eating less, and the antioxidants can help reduce cravings for non-healthy foods.

Simply taking acai berry will not cause you to lose weight. You will still need to lower your caloric intake and increase your caloric burn. However, the added boost that the berries will give to help curb cravings and keep you feeling full will not hurt your weight loss efforts.

You will find it difficult to buy pure acai berries to eat like you would blueberries. These berries have just a little bit of edible flesh surrounding a huge seed. The best way to consume the berry is in a supplement, either a powder or capsule made from the powder, or in a juice. Many holistic doctors recommend drinking a small glass of pure acai juice every day for optimum health.

About Denise

As a mom to three girls Denise knows the difficulties of being a single parent. Denise has been working to help single moms across the country since 2007. In her free time Denise enjoys camping, riding four wheelers and just spending time with her family.

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Angie December 24, 2010 at 9:26 am

Acai is a great wonderful berry. I have been taking it for a while now and have never felt better. I have lost a few pounds as well by taking it. It makes a great supplement.

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