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  • Açaí – The Big Picture

    There has been a lot of media coverage over the supposed “superfood” Açaí, pronounced ah-sah-EE. Many people have been raving about its uses and benefits. So what really makes Açaí so special?

    Açaí is a fruit that grows in Brazil on the Açaí Palm. The berry itself is very small and dark purple. The fruit is 90% seed with very little pulp around it, and no body consumes the actual seed. It is said to be one of the most nutritious and powerful foods in the world because of its extremely high levels of antioxidants and amino acids.

    The benefits of Açaí include: the maintenance of a healthy body and organs, increase in energy and stamina, healthy skin and hair, better sleep patterns, strengthened immune system, reduced pain and sores, and it has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. This little fruit seems to have it all.

    Because of Açaí’s high ORAC value, Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, it can slow the aging process in your body and brain. Because we don’t live in the Amazon, fresh Açaí berry is hard to attain. It perishes very fast, within 24 hours, so we must consume it in other forms.

    Açaí Berry extract is a very popular form of this powerful antioxidant. It is rich in vitamins and minerals such as numerous B vitamins, vitamin C and E, iron, potassium, and calcium. Organic Açaí berry Juice is also another option. With 3500 ORAC units per serving, you can have more than your daily recommendation of antioxidant consumption. It also contains enough dietary fiber to help your digestive system.

    Açaí Berry Capsules are also a great way to gain its benefits, especially when you’re on the go. The recommended dose is twice daily with food and you’ll be able to get the proper amount of antioxidants and benefits all in a small pill.

    Be careful when purchasing Açaí products over the internet and make sure it is really derived from the Açaí berry and not just its seed. Many websites are trying to scam their way into the Açaí market by selling fake products that aren’t really from Brazil or are predominantly from the crushed particles of the seed. If you can find Açaí products in trusted grocers, their authenticity might be more guaranteed.

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  • Foods for Healthy Skin

    Topical creams and lotions can give you smoother, radiant skin on the outside but what about treating your skin from the inside? Eating certain foods can give your skin the nutrients it needs from the inside out. Incorporate them into your meals and your skin will start to look and feel healthier.

    Vitamin A is one of the most important vitamins our skin needs. You can find plenty of dietary vitamin A in low-fat dairy products. This is especially important for people with diabetes or thyroid problems. Foods, such as low-fat yogurt, contain a significant amount of Vitamin A and helps regulate your digestive system. Products that help keep your digestive system on track are very good for your skin.

    Antioxidants are another very important substance our skin and body need. Fruits such as plums, strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries are very high in antioxidants. In fact, according to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, these four fruits have the highest “total antioxidant capacity” of any fruit or vegetable. Your skin’s health will improve greatly by eating these certain fruits.

    For skin to remain healthy, essential fatty acids are a necessity. These can be found in foods such as walnuts, salmon, canola oil, and flax seed. The most important fatty acids are Omega 3 and Omega 6. They promote healthy cell membranes and prevent further damage from occurring to the cell. Your cell membranes are what hold water in, so the stronger these membranes are, the more moisture your cells will be able to hold. Eating foods rich in fatty acids will make your skin firmer and younger looking.

    In order to keep your skin healthy and lubricated, you must eat the right oils. Oils labeled as extra virgin, expeller processed, or cold pressed are the best ones to consume. These oils have the least amount of steps in their preparation process, allowing more nutrients to be saved. These nutrients are important for our skin and body but make sure to limit the amount you take in because they’re high in calories.

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