Facts And Myths About Acai Berry

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Increasingly, more and more people are starting to experience the health benefits of superfoods such as Goji berries, Noni fruit and Acai berries. A superfood can be defined as a food that offers superior nutritional value for the amount of calories it contains. Acai berries are considered one of the best due to their incredible antioxidant properties, and are said to have numerous other health benefits.

Unfortunately, this has resulted in numerous supplement manufacturers and distributors making outrageous claims about the wonders of this berry. Whenever a product becomes popular, as Acai has, false claims seem to pop up everywhere. But before I investigate these, let’s find out more about Acai.

Acai berry is a dark purple colour fruit, which is similar in shape to a grape. These berries grow in huge clusters near the tops of palm trees in the Amazon rain forests. Each Acai berry contains just 10 percent fruit and pulp and a large seed, which has no benefits. Harvesting this fruit is laborious since the tree has no branches and each cluster of berries needs to be cut and brought down manually in order to preserve the fruit and pulp.

Acai evolved from obscurity of the rain forests into the cities of Brazil where it was mixed into health-giving smoothies. Surfers and sports people claimed that it boosted their energy levels. Finally scientists latched onto this and found that Acai did indeed have some beneficial properties. Read More…

Why can’t we shift the tummy weight?

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My 50-year-old friend has intractable weight gain, particularly round her tummy. I’m 45 and have good and bad tummy days, which can vary from flat to fat in a day. Exercise isn’t shifting it at the moment. Is it the same cause?

‘These are different but both common problems,’ says women’s health expert Dr Marilyn Glenville, author of Fat Around the Middle* (marilynglenville.com). ‘Leading up to menopause, extra pounds often settle around the middle because your body tries to compensate for declining oestrogen. Some oestrogen is manufactured in the fat cells there, which offsets some of the loss from the ovaries.’ Read More…