What is so unique about the Acai berry?
Dr. Perricone named the Acai berry as the #1 Superfood in the world! The Acai fruit has been featured on Oprah, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and more! Amazingly, the little Acai berry, about the size of a blueberry, is being called by many the miracle berry due to its amazing antioxidant qualities! The Acai Berry may well be one of the healthiest foods on the planet.
However, its very difficult to find Acai in a pure form that maintains the berries natural level of nutrients and antioxidants. Acai only grows in the Amazon Rainforest and is very perishable. So, unless you live in the Amazon, you will not be able to find fresh Acai berry at your local store or fruit market. However, the Acai berry can be freeze dried and turned into a stable powder which maintains all the nutritional power of the fresh Acai berry! Given the berries popularity and media recognition, many companies have attempted to create an acai product simply to make money without regard to the quality of the product or the health of the consumer. Many juice products are very diluted and use unhealthy preservatives in order to increase the shelf life and profitability of the product. And many acai powder products are diluted 4 to 1 or use inappropriate fillers leaving you with a product with very little positive antioxidant effects.
Natural Healthcare Store has done the research to bring you what we believe is one of the most pure acai products available on the market in the form and from the source provides you with a final product containing all of the benefits of the fresh fruit! We've also worked to make sure that we bring you a product that is appropriately priced. so, what makes Perfect Acai stand out to us! First, they use 100% pure acai powder with absolutely no fillers. Second, they use only the high antioxidant berry skin and pulp in their product and do NOT include the seed as a filler. Third, Perfect Acai uses freeze dried Acai, a process widely recognized as the only way to preserve the full nutritional benefits of the berry. Finally, Perfect Acai sources its product from Sambazon! Sambazon not only takes great care to support the preservation of the rainforest and the people of the Amazon, but they also operate within the only freeze drying facility located right in the Amazon rainforest. Why is this important? These wonderful berries are so fragile and quickly perishable that you run the risk of loosing some of the antioxidant benefits simply in trucking the berries out of the Amazon to a more urban freeze drying facility! With Sambazon's acai freeze dried powder this risk is eliminated!
So, why supplement with Acai?
We recommend using wholefood supplements as opposed to vitamins as your body absorbs an estimated 90% to 100% of the nutrients provided in a whole food supplement compared with only 10% to 20% of synthetic vitamins. Why is this? Your body recognizes whole food supplements as a food source and knows what to do with the available nutrients. Why, supplement with acai as opposed to your standard whole food supplement. Typical whole food supplements, while good, tend to simply breakdown standard foods that are already a part of a normal diet such as vegetables including spinach, broccoli, carrot, and tomato and fruits such as apple, grape, banana, strawberry, and more! Our thought is that since you already get nutrients from these more standard sources and each source carries unique nutrients with different benefits for our bodies, we should supplement when possible with more unique whole foods that are not a part of our normal diet, such as ACAI!
What is the Acai Berry?
The açaí palm is native to tropical Central and South America, from Belize south to Brazil and Peru, growing mainly in rainforests, floodplains, and swamps. Prefect Acai uses 100% Pure Sambazon Organic Acai. The Acai berries are carefully and quickly Freeze Dried to retain the full nutrients of the Acai berry. This is NOT an extract product. Freeze drying captures the entire nutritional profile of the whole acai berry giving you the full antioxidant protection, which is incredibly a full 10times the antioxidant power of red grapes and 10 to 30 times that of the anthocyanins found in red wine.
Freeze Dried Versus Fresh Fruit?
Fresh fruit of any kind is wonderful and typically the most beneficial and highly recommended form to get needed nutrients. However, there are two main reasons to consider freeze dried supplements in addition to the raw fruits and vegetables already in your daily diet. First, it is often not feasible to eat the amount of raw fruits and vegetables needed to get your required daily nutrients so we and many holistic health professionals often recommend supplementing with freeze dried whole food powder supplements. Secondly, as is the case with Acai which must be transported from the Amazon to our local stores, its often economically difficult for stores to carry and many consumers to afford the price of frozen acai berries or other rare or exotic forms of raw fruit. As such, we consider our 100% pure freeze dried Acai as a wonderful alternative to the often unavailable and very expensive frozen acai. For those with limited amounts of perishable fruits and vegetables in their diet, whether this is due to their going bad or the price of fresh fruits and vegetables, we highly recommend adding the more readily available frozen fruits and vegetables in addition to the powder form of acai to smoothies on a daily basis (such as blueberries, strawberries, mango, pineapple etc). Why use powder in the pill form as opposed to loose powder? Unfortunately, as loose powder is exposed to air nutrients are lost. In the pill format, the ground and freeze dried acai powder is not exposed to air and maintains its level of nutrients.
For more information on freeze dried fruits and supplements:
Directions for Use
Manufacturers Suggested Intake: Take up to 2 to 8 capsules daily as a dietary supplement.
Source: Manufacturer provided information.
Additional Source of Information:
Acai - Wikipedia
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