Sunday, April 29, 2012

Health benefits of Acai Berries

Acai berries are rich in anthocyanins – the same compounds that give red wine its goodness. But these berries surpass both grapes and blueberries in their concentration of anthocyanins. According to experts, acai berries have 30 times more anthocyanins than red wine! Acai berries contain high concentrations of omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids. These fatty acids play an important role in lowering cholesterol levels and have a beneficial effect on cardiovascular health. Since they can lower cholesterol levels in the blood, these berries help prevent arteriosclerosis.Acai berries also contain compounds that have anti-aging effects. In fact, acai berries have been touted as one of the most effective anti-aging foods, thanks to the high concentration of anthocyanins and antioxidants contained in the berry. Since acai berries have high concentrations of antioxidant minerals and vitamins, they have the ability to fight cancer causing free radicals in the body. (note, for another berry rich in antioxidants go here: Goji Berry health benefits)
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