Antioxidants and Acai

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We are constantly in search of nutritional supplements to improve our health, give us increased energy and help us fight in the battle of aging. What do you focus on in that search?

There has been a lot of discussion about the health benefits of antioxidants, phytonutrients, omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. This article will describe both the benefits of these and a source from nature.


Antioxidants are substances that work against certain particles called free radicals. In a nutshell, free radicals are oxygen molecules that have split and become unstable. This is a normally occurring process of cell life, but can also be caused by environmental factors such as pollution, tobacco smoke and herbicides. Antioxidants stabilize free radicals by trapping them and de-energizing the lone electron. Scientists believe antioxidants may:

Help protect against cardiovascular disease

Help prevent cancer
Slow the affects of aging


Do you ever wonder why nutritionists tell their patients to eat the skin of the apple and other fruits and vegetables? It’s because the skin contains potent nutrients called phytonutrients. These nutrients are in the pigment of the skin and can help boost your immune system and ward off illness

Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids

Your body needs fatty acids to function properly, that is exactly why they are called essential. Essential fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6 are necessary for the production of hormone-like substances that regulate blood pressure, immune response and inflammation. Both are vital; they are not interchangeable. Your body cannot make them on its own they must come from food sources.

Now that you know why these components are important to your health, I’m sure you are wondering what magic pill can give you all this. Well, it’s not a pill and it’s not magic. Straight from the Amazon Rainforest comes a surprise in the form of a little dark purple berry called the Acai. You may not have heard of this berry yet, but it has been featured on talk shows, The Today Show and MSNBC. Of course, you are aware of common sources of antioxidants such as oranges, blueberries and even red wine. Tests have determined that the Acai berry has more antioxidants than these.

It’s amazing that all these good for you nutrients come from a single source in nature. You can’t buy Acai in a grocery store; you’ll need to find a supplement. I can recommend Fruta Vida as a great source that also includes Cupuacu and Yerba Mate tea for a combined delicious taste treat.