Monday, April 13, 2009
Dr Oz, Acai Berry and You.
There is a lot of buzz surrounding the Acai berry at the moment. Many people have started to use Acai Berry products thanks to their high antioxidant count. But how exactly do these antioxidants benefit you?
For those unfamiliar with Acai berries, they are a small purple fruit that come from the Acai Palm of Brazil. Natives have been enjoying the benefits of Acai products for centuries, often using them for medicinal purposes.
The Acai berry gained tremendous exposure in the media after Dr Oz demonstrated its benefits using a piece of apple on the Oprah Winfrey show. He used two pieces of cut apple to show how free radicals can destroy our cells and organs. On one side of the apple, he applied some lemon juice which contains antioxidants similar to those found in Acai berries.
Over a short period of time, the apple without lemon juice began to brown and shrivel. However, the one with the lemon juice still looked like new. Dr. Oz continued on to show how Acai and its powerful antioxidants can help to protect our bodies in the same way so that our eyes, heart, skin, and other key organs don't age prematurely.
Dr. Oz is pretty eccentric and likes to show and talk about all kinds of topics that intrigue audience and television viewers around the world. In the case of Acai berries, Dr. Oz explained that it was one of the top ‘super-foods’.
I’ll cover the topic of Super Foods in our next article.