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

 

 

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

 

The Importance of Antioxidants

antioxidants_0816 Since the 1990s, antioxidants have garnered much attention from scientists on their effects on the human body.  Today, they seem to be the nutrition “buzzword;” everywhere we look, antioxidants are gaining attention on the cover of health and fitness magazines, medical television shows, and news articles, all enticing you to get your antioxidant fix.  Blueberries, red and purple grapes, blackberries, and dark-green leafy vegetables are just a few of the foods that are high in antioxidants.

What are antioxidants and why should you consume them?

By definition, an antioxidant is a food or other substance that inhibits oxidation. Oxidation is similar to cutting into an apple and letting it sit on the counter, or not preserving your food in an airtight container. It is the reaction that causes your apple to turn brown or your food to spoil.

The same thing happens in your body.  Free radicals in the body can produce oxidation, causing a chain reaction leading to cell damage.  An overload of free radicals can generate oxidative stress, which has been shown to play a role in aging and chronic and degenerative illness. These free radicals can also be produced from external sources, such as cigarette smoke and pollution. Antioxidants are man-made or natural substances that prevent or delay these dangerous chain reactions. The best way to get more antioxidants in your body is by consuming a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.  Just like adding lemon juice to a sliced apple can prevent or delay the oxidation process, adding fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes high in antioxidants to your diet can prevent or delay the oxidation process in our cells.

How to recognize antioxidants on food labels.

Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene is a fat-soluble vitamin that is important in vision, bone growth, and the immune system.  It is commonly found in liver, whole milk, dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, carrots, and winter squashes.

Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid; it is a water-soluble vitamin that is needed for growth and repair of tissues in the body. It is also useful for healing wounds and forming scar tissue, repairing and maintaining bones, cartilage and teeth and in forming collagen in the skin.  It is commonly found in citrus fruits and juices, green peppers, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, kale, and strawberries.

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin important for immunity and metabolic processes. Food sources include nuts, seeds, vegetables, fish oils, whole grains, fortified cereals, apricots, and other foods.

Selenium is an essential trace element and has attracted much interest in recent years because of its role in supporting the body’s own protective antioxidant system.  Foods that are a good source of selenium include seafood, cereals, and meat products.

Many of Genesis PURE’s products contain antioxidants.

Acai is an antioxidant powerhouse. In fact, it’s known as the “Beauty berry,” because antioxidants fight against aging and are commonly used in beauty products. Its deep purple color comes is high in anthocyanins, a powerful class of phytonutrients that function as antioxidants.

360 Complete Shake, Coral Calcium and Daily Build (liquid) are also excellent sources of antioxidants.

It is important to eat your carrots and fill up your plate with leafy greens, squash, berries, and an array of other colorful fruits and vegetables.  A variety of color indicates a healthy variety of antioxidants and other nutrients.   Do what you can now to prevent or delay health conditions in the future.

The Importance of Antioxidants

1436910417_1 Since the 1990s, antioxidants have garnered much attention from scientists on their effects on the human body. Today, they seem to be the nutrition “buzzword;” everywhere we look, antioxidants are gaining attention on the cover of health and fitness magazines, medical television shows, and news articles, all enticing you to get your antioxidant fix. Blueberries, red and purple grapes, blackberries, and dark-green leafy vegetables are just a few of the foods that are high in antioxidants.

What are antioxidants and why should you consume them?

By definition, an antioxidant is a food or other substance that inhibits oxidation. Oxidation is similar to cutting into an apple and letting it sit on the counter, or not preserving your food in an airtight container. It is the reaction that causes your apple to turn brown or your food to spoil.

The same thing happens in your body. Free radicals in the body can produce oxidation, causing a chain reaction and cell damage or death. An overload of free radicals can generate oxidative stress, which has been shown to play a role in aging and chronic and degenerative illness. These free radicals can also be produced from external sources, such as cigarette smoke and pollution. Antioxidants are man-made or natural substances that prevent or delay these dangerous chain reactions. The best way to get more antioxidants in your body is by consuming a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Just like adding lemon juice to a sliced apple can prevent or delay the oxidation process, adding fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes high in antioxidants to your diet can prevent or delay the oxidation process in our cells.

Antioxidants include vitamins A, C, E, and other minerals such as selenium, chromium, zinc, copper, and manganese.

Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene is a fat-soluble vitamin that is important in vision, bone growth, and the immune system. It is commonly found in liver, whole milk, dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, carrots, and winter squashes.

Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid; it is a water-soluble vitamin that is needed for growth and repair of tissues in the body. It is also useful for healing wounds and forming scar tissue, repairing and maintaining bones, cartilage and teeth and in forming collagen in the skin. It is commonly found in citrus fruits and juices, green peppers, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, kale, and strawberries.

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin important for immunity and metabolic processes. Food sources include nuts, seeds, vegetables, fish oils, whole grains, fortified cereals, apricots, and other foods.

Selenium is an essential trace element and has attracted much interest in recent years because of its role in supporting the body’s own protective antioxidant system. Foods that are a good source of selenium include seafood, whole grain cereals, and meat products.

It is important to understand the different nutrients and the effects they have within the body. Health problems may stem from the lack of nutritious foods in our diets and exposure to certain chemicals in the environment; therefore, eat your carrots and fill up your plate with leafy greens, squash, berries, and an array of other colorful fruits and vegetables. A variety of color indicates a healthy variety of antioxidants and other nutrients. Do what you can now to prevent or delay health conditions in the future.

This blog and its contents are provided for nutrition information purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein does not constitute medical advice, including advice related to the prevention and treatment of any disease. The information and topics may not apply to every individual and sometimes are based on an alternative health philosophy rather than traditional scientific views. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any health or nutrition concerns you may have. The information in this article is also not intended to promote any specific product.