Acai Berry: 3 Exciting Health Benefits That May Surprise You

by Christopher Fisher

Posted on Sunday 2nd of November 2008

A little berry from the Amazon Rainforest has recently skyrocketed in popularity here in America. Already legendary in Brazil for its nutritional benefits and healing ability, the acai berry has been touted by the media, most notably Dr. Perricone on the Oprah show, and dubbed “The worlds #1 superfood”.

A superfood is defined as any natural food that has an extraordinarily high nutrient content, and the acai berry certainly delivers. It contains healthy fats, iron, amino acids, and, most importantly, a remarkable amount of free radical fighting antioxidants.

These powerful antioxidants are the main reason for all the hoopla about the acai berry, and they are behind many of the more well known benefits of acai. Some of which include: More powerful immune system, increased energy and stamina, reduced pain and soreness, increased disease resistance, improved vision and more.

But there are three other benefits that aren’t as well known, but much more exciting. Let’s take a look...

The Acai Berry Increases Libido

Interestingly enough, the acai berry is commonly referred to in Brazil as “Amazon Rainforest Viagra. Some doctors even recommend the acai berry to couples who are having difficulty getting pregnant.

Why is acai revered so much for increasing libido? Well, besides hundreds of years of “hands on testing”, Brazilian natives point to its powerful ability to increase energy and stamina. And, although it hasn’t been proven by science, they also insist that there’s something else in it that naturally boosts the sex drive.

Acai Berry Controls Weight Gain

Combined with proper diet and exercise, the acai berry can be an excellent weight loss aid. It has a natural combination of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, amino acids, phytosterols, and amino acids that work together to help your body function better, process food easier, and burn fat more efficiently.

It’s also a near perfect fuel for the body and, as such, increases energy and stamina allowing you to work out harder and for longer periods of time. In fact, Jiu-jitsu practitioners and soccer players in Brazil often have a large meal of acai berry pulp before a competition. If it works for them, imagine how well it will keep you going on a treadmill.

Acai Berry Fights Cancer

If you have any doubts about the power of the antioxidants in the acai berry, they’re about to be gone forever.

The University of Florida published a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that found that the acai berry triggered a self destruct response in up to 86% of human cancer cells. Yes, you read that right. The acai berry actually killed cancer cells in laboratory tests!

Of course there’s a lot of research to be done before anyone can say if the acai berry is a cure for cancer, but the study was certainly an eye opener to the amazing healing abilities of the acai berry. Hopefully, with the recent surge of interest in the acai berry, more and more exciting benefits will be found.

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