Açai Berries and Cancer Prevention

1357837258547.jpgThe antioxidant capacity or “ORAC” value for a 4 ounce portion of açai berries is 6576, which is greater than blueberries, strawberries and red wine combined.

Having high antioxidant value prevents damage from free radicals in your system caused by smoking, pollution and the metabolism of your food. Free radicals are atoms, molecules or ions that do not have a balanced amount of electrons, so they aggressively react with your tissues to resolve this issue. Antioxidants are able to sacrifice themselves, so that your tissues do not take damage.

Açai berries are unique to the Amazon rainforests of Brazil, where in some cities açai juice is consumed in greater quantities than milk.

Although it is a fruit, it does contain a high proportion of fat, but these are the healthy anti-inflammatory omega-9 fats that improve your cholesterol levels, boost your immune system and can improve your heart health. You can find these same fats in foods such as avocados, olive oil, sesame oil, olives and nuts (almonds, peanuts, pecans, pistachios, hazelnuts, cashews and macadamia).

In addition to the high levels of anthocyanins (which act as antioxidants and provide a number of other health benefits) açai also contain phytosterols that help to reduce cholesterol and ease the symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate).

Studies conducted by the University of Florida also showed that the powerful antioxidant compounds in açai berries reduced the rate of cell proliferation (how quickly cells multiplied), and aided apoptosis (programmed cell death) in human leukaemia cells.

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