Posts Tagged ‘antioxidants’

Maqui Berries for Weight Loss and Good Health

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Maqui Berry: The Next Wonder Fruit

Maqui Berries

Maqui berry refers to a type of fruit, belonging to Elaeocarpaceae family, which is a native of Valdivian rainforests in Chile as well as adjacent areas of Argentina. Its botanical name is Aristotelia chilensis. The berries are small and purple-black in color and have a diameter of around 4-6 mm. Maqui is also known as Chilean wineberry, apart from several local names, such as maquei, koelon, queldrón, ach, and clon.

Macui is a dioecious tree, which is around 4-5 m tall, evergreen, and features smooth bark and a divided trunk. The branches are flexible, thin and abundant, whereas the leaves are pendulous, simple, opposite, glabrous, oval-lanceolate, coriaceous and have serrated edges, as well as red petioles. The flowers are white and small in size, yielding small edible fruits, which we know as Maqui berry.

With those boring details out of the way, let’s focus on the benefits of maqui berry so that you may learn how using maqui can increase your quality of life.


Acai Berry Side Effects: Longevity & Better Health

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Acai Berry Not Just For Weight Loss — It Promises Longevity

Matt Papa
Matt Papa

Today’s guest post was written by Matt Papa, PhD. Having worked in biology labs for more than a decade, Matt devotes much of his time reading and researching the scientific literature pertaining to diets and natural weight loss programs. He blogs about research findings in obesity-treatment and gives away a Medifast discount coupon and a Nutrisystem coupon, two leading portion-controlled meal replacement diet plans.

About Acai Berries – Why Are They so Good for Your Health

Botanical-rich diets have been shown to have numerous health benefits, and acai is one botanical product that is garnering a great deal of attention. The acai berry, fruit of a palm tree indigenous to the Amazon River area of South America, has been praised by experts for its health benefits.

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The purple fruit is considered a superfood and is widely consumed as a dietary supplement because of the many therapeutic properties it is believed to possess. Marketed mostly as an effective supplement to induce weight loss, scientific studies are now recognizing other significant health benefits of the acai berry.

Berries, including the acai berry, receive their vibrant red, blue, and purple colors from a phytonutrient known as anthocyanin. In clinical trials, biochemical analysis, and animal and cell-based studies, anthocyanins have been shown to possess several important biomedical functions.

In addition to anti-inflammatory and anti-cardiovascular properties, anthocyanins have been demonstrated to decrease cancer cell growth by more than 50%. They also have significant potential as an anti-aging supplement, as they can reduce the oxidative stress associated with aging, improve neuronal and cognitive brain function, and repair and protect DNA – all of which are associated with aging, especially the accumulation of DNA damage or mutation.

Scientific Study Finds Acai Improves Longevity

Acai Longevity

The free radical theory addresses the issues of DNA mutation accumulation and oxidative stress mentioned above. This theory postulates that free radicals cause oxidative damage, which results in aging. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules responsible for cell damage, including oxidative harm to macromolecules like DNA. As an organism ages, this oxidative stress accumulates in the cell. Based on this theory, treatments that reduce oxidative damage should be effective aging interventions. This has been supported through animal experiments that have shown reducing oxidative damage increases lifespan.

A study recently published in the January 2010 issue of Experimental Gerontology examined acai berry’s potential as an aging intervention. This groundbreaking animal study looked at the anti-aging effect of acai in Drosophila melanogaster, otherwise known as the fruit fly. Acai’s anti-aging effect was evaluated under two different conditions.

Condition 1. Flies fed a high fat diet.
Condition 2. Flies pre-conditioned to experience extreme oxidative stress.

Acai Counteracts High Fat Diet’s Damaging Effect

Conjecturing that acai’s beneficial phytonutrients and its robust anti-oxidant activity would reverse the harmful effects of a diet high in fat, researchers manipulated the diet of fruit flies. All flies in the experiment were placed on a diet high in saturated fat; compared to a standard diet, one high in saturated fat is known to shorten lifespan by 19%. The flies were divided into two groups, one of which had their high fat diet supplemented at 2% with acai pulp.

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Compared to the flies who did not receive the acai supplement, those in the supplementation group saw a 22% increase in lifespan. In effect, supplementing with acai restored lifespan to a normal length, counteracting the damaging impact of a high fat diet. The researchers’ search for the mechanism responsible for this positive effect on longevity found that the acai diet resulted in increased activity of anti-aging genes.

In addition to a shortened lifespan, high fat diets are associated with a heightened risk for a variety of health problems. One common result of a chronic high fat diet is the development of insulin resistance, which eventually leads to type 2 diabetes. Dr. Sun, the study’s primary investigator, is hopeful “that acai pulp may be effective in prevention and control of type 2 diabetes,” as the findings seem to suggest. Acai pulp has demonstrated promise as a medicinal food that can inhibit a high fat diet’s detrimental health effects.

Acai Found To Reduce Oxidative Damage

The researchers also proposed that the survival of flies in oxidative stress would be improved by the administration of acai pulp. They tested this by using a model of oxidative stress commonly used in the biological study of aging. The model relies on fruit flies which, as a result of genetic modification, contain a dysfunctional Superoxide Dismutase enzyme (SOD). This enzyme is essential to the flies’ ability to reduce the cellular damage done by free radicals as well as to repair cells that do sustain damage. The genetically modified (SOD-mutated) flies live under constant oxidative stress because they do not have the ability to repair oxidative damage.

The SOD-mutated flies were placed in two groups. One group received 2% acai pulp for the duration of their adult life, while the control group received no supplementation. Comparison of the groups showed that flies who had received the acai supplement lived approximately 18% longer than those in the control group, suggesting that acai alleviates oxidative stress and thereby improves survival.

According to the researchers, the anti-aging properties demonstrated by acai may be due to its high level of polyphenolics, which give it the ability to function as a hunter of free radicals. Another polyphenolic compound shown to have similar anti-aging benefits is resveratrol. Supplementation with resveratrol increased longevity in mice fed a diet high in fat.

Final Remarks

This study, the first to examine the effects of acai’s anti-aging properties in an animal population, joins over 20 other peer-reviewed studies that refer to acai berry’s antioxidant properties and potential benefits to human health. In addition to these benefits, acai is currently being tested for its effectiveness as a weight loss tool. Although research in this area is still ongoing, the inclusion of berries and other fruits is known to be an important component of any healthy weight loss diet.

Even though research on the weight loss effect of acai is not complete, anecdotal evidence and reports from real-life experiences suggest that it may help shed unwanted weight. The popular fruit is being recognized as a superfood with health benefits that include increased longevity, possible disease prevention, and the potential to aid in weight loss. Read Steve’s article where he clearly explains how the Acai berry speeds up weight loss.

Useful Literature

 – Açai palm fruit (Euterpe oleracea Mart.) pulp improves survival of flies on a high fat diet. Sun X, Seeberger J, Alberico T, Wang C, Wheeler CT, Schauss AG, Zou S. Exp Gerontol. 2010 Mar;45(3):243-51.

 – What is the açaí berry and are there health benefits? Marcason W. J Am Diet Assoc. 2009 Nov;109(11):1968

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Antioxidants

Monday, September 27th, 2010

The Antioxidant Bible

Antioxidant Girl
Antioxidant Girl

Instead of thinking about things you should not eat, consider foods you can add to your eating plan to help fight disease. One disease or condition that is common to all animals and people is called oxidation.

Like rust on a car, oxidation can cause damage to cells and may contribute to aging. Oxidation causes the formation of substances called free radicals, which is the primary cause of age related skin wrinkles and pigment discoloration. This is why we combat oxidation with antioxidants, which help keep wrinkles and pigmentation at bay.


Get Acai Berry in Egypt

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

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Acai is one of the top 5 foods you can eat for good health and it speeds up fat loss too!


Acai berries help to speed up fat loss considerably when you follow a healthy exercise and diet plan. As a bonus, the high concentration of antioxidants in acai will keep you feeling healthy and looking young as you grow older!

Find out why antioxidants are so important to your health in the antioxidant bible.

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Acai Roots: Freeze Dried Acai Powder

Friday, December 4th, 2009
Acai Roots Acai Powder
Acai Roots Acai Powder

I tried some of this stuff and it’s pretty darn good!

By now you are probably somewhat familiar with the name acai; this powerful fruit that grows in the Brazilian Amazon and is now becoming a sensation worldwide. However, not many of you have probably heard of Freeze Dried Powder Acai.

Well folks, let me explain; the name stands for a specific process which the fruit goes through after it is harvested. However there are different technologies that can be use to maximize the benefits of the fruits using this process.

Unlike other acai berry extracts (4:1), Acai Roots pure freeze dried acai is extracted from the acai berry using cutting edge low temperature technology, which preserves the majority of antioxidants and nutrients found in the acai berry. Other suppliers often use a different method to extract due to a lower cost; these methods are often based on the utilization of heat (spray drying) along with additional substances, which causes the elimination of most health benefits of the acai berry.


Acai Roots: nex4™ Acai Energy Shots

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

I tried some of this stuff and it’s pretty darn good!

Energy drinks have become so common nowadays, that we can basically find them everywhere and in all forms. Usually they are stacked with a high concentration of caffeine and other substances that take you to a peak quickly.

Acai Roots - Acai Energy Shots
Acai Energy Shots™ – Sustained Energy, no crash!
Acai Roots nex4™ - Açaí Liquid Energy Concentrate
Acai Roots nex4™ – Açaí Liquid Energy Concentrate

Acai Roots now offers us energy shots that taste great and work, but don’t cause jitters and a crash. Read on to find out more about the Acai Roots energy drinks.


Healthy Popcorn and Swine Flu Revenge

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

I don’t have much time to post today, but I wanted to direct you to two news articles I found while browsing at lunch, which by the way consisted of tuna, Sun Chips, and diet Nestea. Good times.

There are just a couple quick news pieces about the wonders of popcorn and the increasing danger of swine flu.


Introducing Acai Nutraburst with Acai, Resveratrol, Green Tea, and Hoodia!

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Note: Acai Nutraburst is a shady company that Project Swole is no longer promoting. Acai Berry is a clone of Acai Nutraburst and provides an identical product.

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Step #1 Acai Berry Detox Get a Free Trial or Buy a Full Supply
Step #2 Colon Cleanse Get a Free Trial or Buy a Full Supply
Step #3 Fat Loss Routine full body fat loss for men or full body fat loss for women

I am always talking about antioxidant benefits, and now four of the healthiest most concentrated antioxidant foods, plus hoodia, are now available in one product.

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That’s right, I found a supplement called Acai Berry that contains acai, resveratrol, and green tea. Not only that, but Acai Berry also contains hoodia for increased fat loss, and another lesser known antioxidant called quercetin, which also acts as an anti-inflammatory and antihistamine.

I could write about and promote individual products for acai, resveratrol, green tea, and hoodia, but instead I want to share with you this one-of-a-kind supplement that contains everything you could possibly need. The manufacturers of Acai Berry contacted me specifically with this unique product offer, and so I am passing it on to you.


Bromalite Review

Monday, February 23rd, 2009
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Many of you have been asking about my free trial review of Bromalite, so here it is.

First, re-read my post about receiving a free trial of Bromalite the All Natural Digestive Supplement. This post will tell you what is in Bromalite, how to take it, why you might want to take it, and why the product interests me in the first place.

The manufacturers of Bromalite sent me a bottle in the mail for free, and asked if I would do a product review. I’m not going to be biased either way, for or against this product. Here is my honest review.


Acai Benefits

Sunday, February 1st, 2009
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Acai Benefits

Acai is at present the food with the highest antioxidant concentration across the planet. The benefits from such a high antioxidant concentration, combined with an excellent nutritional value, make acai berries one of the most beneficial supplements you can take.