You can hardly turn on the television, flip through a magazine or visit a webpage without seeing something about the amazing, life changing, radical, super charged powers of Acai Berries and the other range of newly dubbed power fruits that are taking over the internal cleansing and diet markets. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that as soon as the word Acai Berries rolled off Oprah Winfrey’s tongue, that millions of crooked marketing scams would be born daunting the “awesome” benefits to adding these fruits to your diet. Some claim longer life, others claim super quick weight loss, anti-aging and others boast that they are cancer preventatives. There is in fact so much hype, particularly about Acai Berries, that marketers have created a black hole in the market with a stream of consumers being ripped off by dime store products being sold for big bucks. Worse, is that whatever benefits are true have been minimized by the warnings, complaints and hysterical media hype about the so called “power fruits.”
You might be wondering about the truth! Not the truth from television but more importantly the hows, whys and real facts that make power fruits such as Acai, Pomegranate, blueberries and black raspberries such potent and beneficial fruits! For those seeking answers, here is everything you need to know without the marketing edge.
YES! Acai Berries, pomegranates and blue berries are absolutely beneficial power fruits. In fact, there is a host of scientific research and studies that prove that power fruits, which are essentially fruits that are red and purple (inside and out), provide a wealth of health benefits. Moreover, most of this research is not new. In fact, for a decade, medical practitioners and scientists have been encouraging people to eat their “colors” adding richly hued fruits as these to the daily diet because they all contain an ingredient called…polyphenols. Now, to add another word that you have no doubt heard is antioxidants. Polyphenols are essentially very strong antioxidants. What are antioxidants? Antioxidants are a group of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that help protect the body from forming free radicals. Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms that can damage the cells, impairing the immune system and leading to infections and various degenerative diseases. … Including but not limited to cancer!
Because so many people have such an immense fear of the word cancer, these power fruits are usually listed in a sentence that contains the same word. That is because power fruits have extremely high levels of antioxidants as well as Vitamins A, C and E and trace minerals and nutrients that positively influence the human body. The sheer antioxidant levels can help prevent cellular destruction and the oxidation of the cells in your body. Stated simply, cancer and other degenerative illnesses alter your cellular structure and antioxidants help to prevent that from happening by killing off the toxins in your body that are consumed, inhaled and absorbed every day. Obviously, this doesn’t mean that you can smoke cigarettes, inhale gasoline fumes and eat fast food with the expectation that these fruits will reverse it all; but they will help.
Doctors have always stressed the importance of good nutrition and it is largely ignored. When you add super fruits to your diet, you are easily getting high doses of antioxidants as well as trace nutrients and vitamins essential to wellbeing. Unlike many fruits, these also contain fiber, protein, essential fatty acids, substances with natural anti inflammatory properties and a host of other innate ingredients that are beneficial to every organ, cellular and blood function of the body. In taking fresh juices or the fruit itself provides an immune system boost that is unsurpassed by other supplements and they also contain resveratrol, tannins, flavonoids, anti-stress properties and natural anti-bacterial properties. What sets the super fruits aside from other beneficial fruits is that they are more complete; offering highly condensed amounts of these ingredients.
The deep colored power fruits have been linked to lowering cholesterol, preventing cancer, lowering cholesterol, balancing sugars, improving digestion and reflux disorders, immune benefits and heart health. In an independent and highly published study at the University of Florida, Acai berries were used to treat cancer cells and it was proven that the high levels of antioxidants did in fact cease the metastases of the cancer. Because of the ingredients naturally found in these fruits, they have also been linked to reducing the signs of aging, improving skin and hair as well as improving cognitive memory. While this is all absolutely promising, it is important to understand that we have known all along that fruits are beneficial. It seems that now we are learning that these richly colored, deep fruits are just MORE beneficial!
Many power fruit blends are being marketed to cleanse the colon. Colon cleansing and body detoxification is perhaps one of the biggest benefits that people should take advantage of and has a life giving power all of its own. With the additions of fiber and other trace nutrients, these super fruits will in fact help balance elimination and provide cleansing when used long term. Still, it is recommended to engage in a program of detox or cleansing that is more thorough at the onset to be able to quickly eliminate toxins and carcinogens in your body. These fruits will certainly play a part in maintaining that state of well being.
Consumers looking for the sheer life giving power of these fruits should use common sense and caution. Obviously, Acai berries only found raw in the Amazon will not be hitting the shelves of your local grocer. The other fruits are more easily found. If you choose a supplement or drink blend make sure to do your research to ensure that the ingredients are pure derivatives and not just some by-product of the fruit itself. Keep in mind that there are many companies out there capitalizing on the free exposure these fruits are gaining and adding tons of inert ingredients to their supplements in order to trick consumers. The real thing should say so on the labels and there is nothing better than eating the raw fruit or plant and a particularly successful option is juicing the hulls, flesh and seeds your self at home.
By making a conscious choice to add power fruits to your diet, you are certainly changing the course of your future health. One of the bonuses to all the media exposure of power fruits is that millions of dollars have been spent researching the claims and powers of these fruits and the conclusions are all in favor. When it comes to your health, what you choose to put into your body is the largest marker for what your future holds. It certainly is reasonable that power fruits should be one of those things you choose to include in your diet daily.
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