Cherries

800px-CherriesThere are many health benefits to cherries because of their powerful antioxidant know as Anthocynanins. “As antioxidants, they protect the cells of the body from the damaging, aging and disease producing affects of oxygen, nitrogen and UV radiation” (www.whole-food-supplements-guide.com).  Anthocynanins are natural pain relievers and anti-inflammatories. Alos, cherries contain melatonin, which is another natural pain reliever.  “Melatonin also helps to regulate sleep cycles and has been sold as a natural sleep aid” (www.whole-food-supplements-guides.com). In addition, cherries contain vitamin C, fiber and natural abilities to reduce bad cholesterol.

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The Acai Berry

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The Acai Berry has received lots of publicity since the adds appearing on google have sprung up like hot-cakes.   This berry is considered relatively a new thing in the States. Food scientists claim it to be the most antioxidant packed fruit.  Acai Berry power exceeds the blueberry in nutrition without a doubt.  Whenever I feel short of antioxidants I like to guzzle down some Acai Berry juice.  It is kinda hard to find Acai Berry at your everyday supermarket. For more reading check out this article

In addition, when I did some research some websites warn about the Acai seed:

The Acai berry is 90% seed, with only 10% of the berry edible. In the Amazon Rainforest, they eat the skin and pulp of the Acai berry and discard the seed. All the research and nutritional information we discuss above is based on just the Acai berry skin and pulp. When you hear Dr. Perricone, Dr. Oz and every other expert discuss the amazing nutritional profile of the Acai berry – they are talking about just the skin and pulp. Companies that make legitimate Acai products of course use only the Acai skin and pulp. These companies have come up with creative uses for the Acai seed – they make Acai necklaces and even burn the seeds as a renewable energy source. The one thing that no legitimate Acai supplier would ever do is crush the Acai seeds and sell them as juice or supplement.Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that a number of companies are selling Acai products that contain the Acai seed. These products therefore contain 90% less Acai (as defined by the edible portion) than Acai products that use only the skin and pulp. Consumers that ingest Acai seed products are consuming a product that has been the subject of very little research and in no way reflects how the indigenous people of the Amazon Rainforest have enjoyed Acai for thousands of years. Our recommendation – steer clear of any product that is made with the Acai seed! (www.powersupplements.com/acai/acai-berries.html)

As an added note, do not fall for the weight loss Acai Berry Scam.  Too much of Acai Berry (or anything for that matter) can destroy your liver!  If you flush out toxins with a slower, more healthier way you’ll be more likely to keep the weight off.

Alyssa