The Acai “Beauty” Berry

The acai (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) is an incredible berry that has an impressive nutritional composition. Acai is reddish-purple in color and has a tangy flavor. It is small and round and comes from acai palm trees native to the rainforests of South America. There, the locals extract the juice from the fruit by soaking it in water, pressing it and sieving.1

Known as the “beauty berry,” the acai is deep purple pigment is high in anthocyanins, a powerful class of phytonutrients that function as antioxidants. Antioxidants are important because they protect the body from free radicals and play a part in the fight against aging.

Acai for the heart

Acai has the added benefits of the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6. These are required for proper structure and function of every cell in the body. They may benefit heart health and play a crucial role in brain function, growth and development. Omega-3 may be beneficial for the heart and omega-6 (linoleic acid) and omega-9 (oleic acid) may help maintain blood cholesterol levels already within normal range. *

Acai for the skin

Acai has a greater antioxidant content than any of the berries that typically are contained in the American diet, including raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, blueberries and blackberries.  Antioxidants play a huge role in the body’s defense against the aging process by blocking free radical damage to our skin and other tissues. It’s believed that ingesting antioxidants is just as important, if not more so, than applying them topically to the skin itself.*

Acai by PURE

Acai superfruit by PURE is unique as it contains no added sugar, maximizing the benefits of this powerful fruit. It contains the whole berry, including the skin and fruit pulp, and is not diluted with other juices. It is also gluten free, non-GMO and kosher. Plus, the taste is delicious!

How to enjoy Acai Superfruit

Take 1 fl. oz. in the morning and in the afternoon. Additional servings may be taken throughout the day, if desired. Acai may be taken alone or mixed with other superfruit juices by PURE. Try making your own smoothies with Acai Superfruit.

Be sure to keep the bottle refrigerated and shake well before use. Once opened, Acai should be consumed within 30 days. We do not recommend children to take Acai.  If you are pregnant, nursing, taking a prescription medication, or have a medical condition, consult a physician before using this product.

To order Acai Superfruit, visit livepure.com, and discover recipes using Acai and our other superfruit juices here.

1 https://www.teadorabeauty.com/blogs/all/81575238-acai-the-beauty-berry-a-brazilian-superfruit-gone-global

 

 

The Fountain of Youth

On a daily basis, I consult with patients who are searching for the secret to younger-looking, glowing, healthy-appearing skin. The discussion usually begins with my riffling through their shopping bags full of expensive moisturizers and serums that they’ve purchased from a leading department or health food stores. The discussion usually ends with me choosing one or two of these high-end creams that may have some positive impact on skin appearance and health. But, we also have to discuss the fact that the skin is a living organ. So, just as important as it is to treat one’s skin from the outside, it is also important that we nourish the skin from the inside in order to promote and prolong its youthful appearance.

At PURE, we have mastered anti-aging skincare in the traditional sense with the development of Ciello, a revolutionary blend of peptides and botanicals that markedly reduce skin dullness, inelasticity, sun spots and other signs of aging. Besides maintaining a healthy, balanced diet, what else can we do to slow the signs of aging, while getting closer to that proverbial “fountain of youth”?

Sulfur – the ancient element

One of the oldest antimicrobials known to man is elemental sulfur, which has historical references dating back as early as the Bible. It is used in over-the-counter and prescription acne medications and prescription antibiotics for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Many people seek out the opportunity to bathe in natural hot springs, as it is believed that the sulfur content of these waters is helpful in healing skin irritations and rashes, and other ailments.  Sulfur is also found in plants, human and animal tissues and is the most abundant element in the human body. The mineral is also known to be important for the synthesis of collagen, a major component of skin, hair and nails. Because our bodies cannot manufacture sulfur, it must be obtained in the diet from fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, eggs and poultry. Supplementing with Organic Sulfur may be helpful in slowing the collagen loss that results in the formation of fine lines and wrinkles, keeping the bacteria and fungi that cause blemishes at bay and growing longer, stronger and healthier looking hair and nails.

The “Beauty Berry”

Its nickname alone, makes the inclusion of Acaí Superfruit juice, a daily part of your skincare routine. Besides being packed with proteins, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, acaí is known as the “beauty berry” because it is high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and antioxidants. In fact, the fruit of the acai palm tree, native to Central and South Americas, reportedly has a greater antioxidant content than other berries most common to the American diet, including raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, blueberries and blackberries.  Why is this important?

To some degree our skin is going to age naturally over time, through normal quiescence of cells and breakdown of collagen and elastin, which gives skin its plumpness and smoothness. At the same time, aging can occur at an accelerated rate when we are exposed to free radical damage.  Free radicals are produced from environmental toxins like tobacco smoke and radiation from the sun, or even the byproducts of digested foods. Antioxidants play a huge role in the body’s defense against the aging process by blocking free radical damage to our skin and other tissues.  It is believed that ingesting antioxidants is just as important, if not more so, than applying them topically to the skin. Acaí Superfruit juice sets itself apart from other acai juice supplements by containing the juice of the whole fruit – pulp and skin. So, you get the maximum amount of the good stuff in its purest form.

The “Happy Berry”

Like acaí, the goji berry or “happy berry” also contains antioxidants. Both fruits are high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are believed to be the two fats most important to good health. These fats are aptly named because they perform essential biological functions in humans and must be obtained from food — they cannot be manufactured in the human body.  Besides being critical for good cardiovascular and neurological health, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids play key roles in proper skin functioning and appearance and in hair growth.

In ancient Chinese medicine, the goji berry is well known for promoting a sense of calm and well-being, healthy sleep and longevity. Goji Superfruit juice contains pure goji berry juice undiluted and without other juice fillers. It is also high in vitamins A and C, two vitamins that are necessary for healthy-appearing skin and hair growth and for collagen synthesis. Remember we briefly discussed collagen above. It is the key to skin thickness in youthful skin. Vitamins A and C help to slow its age-related breakdown, delaying the onset of thin skin, fine lines and wrinkles.

So, is there truly a fountain of youth? Probably not.  But, Organic Sulfur, Goji Superfruit and Acai Superfruit may help bring you a little bit closer to it. Learn more about these products at livepure.com.

 

Dr. Tanya Reddick Rodgers, a PURE Wellness Advisory Board member, is a board certified dermatologist with extensive training in general, pediatric, and cosmetic dermatology, and dermatological surgery. She earned her Doctorate of Medicine at The Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University in Chicago. She completed her residency training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, where she served as an integral part of the Multicultural Skin of Color Clinic designed to meet the unique skin care needs of all of those with skin of color, including the African-American, Asian, Latino, and Middle-Eastern communities.

Dr. Rodgers is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, a Diplomate for the American Board of Dermatology, and a member of the Texas Medical Association, and the American Medical Association.

In addition to her professional societies, Dr. Rodgers is a published author in peer-reviewed journals and a dermatology treatment textbook. Her greatest motivation is in ensuring the best aesthetic results possible for her patients.

*Wellness Advisory Board members are compensated for their role on the Wellness Advisory Board.

 

It’s sweet to have a healthy heartbeat

In honor of Valentine’s Day and Heart Health Month, let’s talk about the heart. Having a healthy heart is so important. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.1 Here at PURE, we ‘whole-heartedly’ believe that education is critical to keeping our hearts as healthy as can be.

We know that being physically active and eating a healthy diet are ‘musts’ for heart health. Other recommended lifestyle changes include quitting smoking, exercising to maintain a healthy weight, limiting stress and alcohol use, having our cholesterol and blood pressure frequently checked, among other things.

We can also add the following products by PURE to our daily routine for optimal wellness. Each contains ingredients that support heart health.

Heart-healthy products by PURE:

Take these additional steps to show your heart even more love.2

Avoid trans fats – Trans fat clogs your arteries by raising your bad cholesterol levels and lowering your good cholesterol levels. Cut these out of your diet to improve blood flow. Food to avoid include packaged baked goods, snack goods, margarines and fried foods.  Read food labels and look for partially hydrogenated oils, which are trans fats.

Brush and floss your teeth every day – It’s been shown that people with periodontal disease have the same risk factors for heart disease. Bacteria in your mouth can move into the bloodstream and can cause inflammation in the blood vessels.

Get adequate sleep – Studies suggest that lack of sleep may cause disruptions in biological processes, including blood pressure and inflammation. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep most nights. MelaTrim sleep and weight-loss support is a combination of herbs, amino acids, minerals and melatonin that together help the body get adequate sleep and burn calories naturally while sleeping.*

Avoid second-hand smoke – Chemicals from cigarette smoke promote the development of plaque buildup in the arteries.

 

1 https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm

2 https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/01/5-things-to-do-daily-to-keep-your-heart-healthy/

Ingredient Spotlight: Acai berry

Similar in shape and size to the blueberry, the acai berry, pronounced ah-sigh-EE, is believed to have many health benefits. The fruit comes from the acai palm which is native to the rainforests of Central and South America. It has a large seed inside; only the outermost layers are edible.

Acai berries contain more antioxidants than other edible berries. They also are high in fiber and heart-healthy fats. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry showed the body’s ability to absorb acai berry antioxidants, rather than eliminate them. This is important because certain vitamins, like vitamin C, can only be absorbed so much at one time.1

Rich in fatty acids, sterols and phytochemicals

Acai berries are also rich in fatty acids, especially oleic, palmitic and linoleic acids. They contain 19 amino acids, as well as several sterols. Sterols occur naturally in grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds and have powerful cholesterol-lowering properties. They can slightly lower the absorption of fat-soluble compounds.2

That’s not all! Acai berries contain body-beneficial phytochemicals, which have potent antioxidant activities.2 Phytochemicals are compounds produced by plants and are found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and grains.

PURE Acai Superfruit juice

PURE Acai Superfruit juice contains the whole berry, including the skin and fruit pulp. It is 100% natural, not diluted with other juices and has no added sugar. Acai has the added benefits of the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6, necessary for proper structure and function of every cell in the body. Research shows they may benefit heart health and play a crucial role in brain function, growth and development.*

  • Antioxidant powerhouse: Acai is considered a superfruit due to its high antioxidant levels. Antioxidants are important because they protect the body from free radicals. Antioxidants are also important in the fight against aging and are commonly used in beauty products; therefore, acai is known by some as the “beauty berry.”
  • Anthocyanins: The deep purple pigment is high in anthocyanins, a powerful class of phytonutrients – the nutritious components of plants – that function as antioxidants.
  • Full of good fats: Acai berries naturally provide omega fatty acids 3, 6, and 9 which are essential for good health.
    • Omega-3s may be beneficial for the heart.*
    • Omega-6 (linoleic acid) and omega-9 (oleic acid) may help maintain blood cholesterol levels already within normal range.*

Ways to incorporate Acai Superfruit into your daily routine:

  • Enjoy it plain
  • Dilute it by combining it with water
  • Add a splash to coffee or hot/cold tea
  • Create an acai smoothie and add some Mila for protein
  • Make a salad dressing
  • Add it to popsicles in the summertime
  • Use it to make a marinade for chicken
  • Mix it with other Superfruit juices
  • Mix it with plain yogurt
  • Find PURE recipes using Acai at http://livepure.com/recipes.

Get your daily dose of healthy antioxidants with Acai Superfruit.

How do you like your Acai? Share with us in the comments.

1 http://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/jf8001608

2 https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/305576.php?utm_source=TrendMD&utm_ medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Medical_News_Today_TrendMD_1

 

Ask the Expert: Frequently Asked Questions

At Genesis PURE, we have an expert team that is dedicated to answering your product and nutrition questions.

Here are the most popular questions from the previous week. You might find a topic related to a question you have.

Q: Looking at the superfruits, why don’t you list the nutruitional values of sugars and carbohydrates?

A: The most recent labels of our Acai, Fusion, and Goji superfruit juices have this information. You can check our web site for their full nutritional content. For your convenience, we provide the following: Acai – Total Carbohydrates 1g, Sugars 1g; Fusion – Total Carbohydrates 3g, Sugars 2g; Goji – Total Carbohydrates 4g, Sugars 4g. These data for Goji were calculated based on theoretical input. After analytical testing of the finished product, the label will be updated to 3g Total Carbohydrates and 2g of Sugars. We are also currently updating our Noni and Mangosteen superfruit juices and the following has been printed on the newest product labels: Mangosteen – Total Carbohydrate 2g, Sugars 1.5g, Noni – Total Carbohydrates 1.5g, Sugars 0.5g. Keep in mind that one serving of the superfruit juices is 1 ounce or 30 mL, which is 1/8th of 1 cup.

Q: My mom has Alzheimers and I am interested in supplements for her as well as for myself. I realize that I need to be proactive and take better care of myself now.

A: First, speak with her doctor for specific recommendations on which Genesis PURE products to use to support overall health without interfering with her current treatment. Our products are not designed to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Genesis PURE products are intended to supplement a healthy diet. Our bodies are complex systems that require a correct balance of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in order to function properly. Regardless of an individual’s health situation,  any time you can give the body what it needs, it will function optimally at its innate capability. You might want to visit www.functionalmedicine.org as there are some fantastic resources you can utilize to find a doctor knowledgeable in both holistic and conventional medicine in your area. Some doctors may also do phone consultations if there is not one in your area. As for your own needs, visit our web site at www.genesispure.com to familiarize yourself with our many products that help with everything from weight management and performance to skincare and seasonal support.

Q: In the Coral Calcium supplement, is is calcium citrate or calcium carbonate?

A: Our calcium product is coral calcium which is harvested from fossilized coral beds or above-sea mines (no living reefs are disturbed by the process). Coral calcium contains essential trace minerals, including magnesium. Coral calcium is a form of calcium carbonate which is found in many organic sources such as bone meal, shells and dolomite. Calcium citrate is the naturally occurring calcium salt of citric acid. It is the product of the fermentation process used to produce citric acid.

Q: Do you have NDC or UPC numbers for your products?

A: No, we do not have UPC or NDC numbers on our products. UPC are usually bar code numbers and NDC are associated with OTC products (e.g. Aspirin, etc.). Certain products, like Daily Build, are listed in the Physician’s Desk Reference. http://www.genesispure.com/Products-in-PDR

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What’s for dinner tonight? PHYTONUTRIENTS!

Phytonutrients_0616 Sound appetizing? You bet! We’ve all heard it before — vegetables and fruits are an important part of a healthy diet, and variety is as important as quantity.1 Sometimes it can be difficult to follow the recommendations. You may be wondering what exactly it is that you’re missing out on when you don’t get your daily fruits and vegetables. Well, the answer is healthy phytonutrients.

So what is a phytonutrient?

“Phyto” is derived from a Greek word meaning plant. “Nutrients” are compounds that are beneficial for life. Thus, phytonutrients (otherwise known as phytochemicals) are organic compounds derived from plant material. Phytonutrients are not essential for life, as are proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals, but studies show that they can help maintain overall wellness.* In plants, phytonutrients help protect against pollutants, drought, insects, etc. In our bodies, phytochemicals can support overall wellness,* a very good reason to start eating your recommended servings of fruits and vegetables!

A class of its own

Phytonutrients come in many classes; the most common ones being carotenoids, flavonoids and isoflavones.2

  • Carotenoids are the yellow, orange and red pigments found in fruits and vegetables.
  • Flavonoids are reddish pigments found in red grape skins and citrus fruits.
  • Isoflavones can be found in peanuts, lentils, soy and other legumes.

Foods that are phyto-dense:

  • Soy
  • Tomato
  • Broccoli
  • Garlic
  • Flax seeds
  • Citrus fruits
  • Melons: cantaloupe, watermelon
  • Pink grapefruit
  • Blueberries
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Chili peppers
  • Beans and lentils

Despite the benefits phytonutrients offer, it’s still very hard to stick to the recommended fruit and vegetable daily servings. We also live fast-paced lifestyles and deal with stress making it hard to take in all the nutrients our bodies need.

Genesis PURE™ products can fill in where your food can’t. Daily Build, Greens, Acai, Mangosteen, Noni, Goji, and Mila are great sources of phytonutrients. Give your body the nutrients it needs and wants in order to achieve a lifestyle of Whole Health.

1https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/vegetables-and-fruits/

2http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/antioxidants-101-what-are-flavonoids-nonflavonoids.html

*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.