What are the benefits of the Acai Berry?

Acai Berries...
1. are natural appetite suppressant. No diet pills needed here!
2. naturally provide you with energy. Ditch that calorie-laden latte!
3. are full of antioxidants that promote healthy, clear skin!
4. have omega-3s that speed up your metabolism!
5. are recommended by Dr. Oz as a must-have superfood!
We all know that antioxidants are essential to our health and well-being but did you know that Acai berries have ten times the antioxidants of grapes and twice the antioxidants of blueberries!

Acai Berries Flush Out Your Colon

Need a colon cleanse or feeling constipated? Don't turn to laxatives. They are extremely unhealthy! Instead try natural ways to flush your colon such as adding acai to your diet. It is full of antioxidants and fiber both which will help cleanse your colon and help you lose weight!

Oprah's Dr. Oz Recommends Acai Berry For Beauty and Weight-Loss

Dr. Oz is professor of surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. A frequent guest on Oprah Dr. Oz covers health, well-being, and beauty in his appearances on the show.

This year, Dr. Oz's "ultimate anti-aging checklist" includes the acai berry. "It has twice the antioxidants as a blueberry," says Dr. Oz. He recommends 5 serving of antioxidant rich foods such as acai berries per day.

Where can I buy Acai Berries?

Unfortunately you won't find acai berries in your local grocery store. However if you check out your local organic health food store, you will often find acai supplements such as powders, capsules and juices extracted from the acai berry.

You can also find acai berry supplements online at sites such as Health Buy.

Acai For Weight-Loss

The Acai Berry Contains some key ingredients to help you lose weight:

Amino Acids: Often referred to as the "building blocks" these proteins help your body build muscle and the more muscle you have the more calories you burn even while just sitting at your computer!

Fiber: Fiber helps our bodies eliminate waste and speed up our digestive process. Excess food is eliminated instead of turned into fat. Fiber also keeps your energy levels high, and slows your rate of carbohydrate digestion, which helps you maintain your blood sugar levels.

The Omegas: Omega 3 and Omega 6 are fats that make you fit! These fatty acids increase your metabolism and boost your energy so you can burn more calories throughout the day.

Antioxidants: We all know that antioxidants are essential to our health and well-being but did you know that Acai berries have ten times the antioxidants of grapes and twice the antioxidants of blueberries!

"Acai tastes like chocolate syrup!"

Recently one of my clients decided to share her success story with me on how she lost weight with acai.

Leslie Barnum was 150 pounds 6 months ago and had tried "every pill, powder, and drink on the market. "I was fed up," she says.

Once she came across the "Natural, Sexy, Skinny" web site she decided to give it a try. "For once I decided I needed to address the issue of why I was fat before I could lose the weight. I knew that eating a cheeseburger while popping a diet pill was not the answer, but I didn't know what was."

Leslie learned about the toxins in our food supply and decided to eat the same amount of food, but make sure that everything she put on her plate was organic. "I started losing weight the very first week! I couldn't believe it."

After she lost 13 pounds by eating organic, Leslie's weight leveled off so she decided to find away to kick start her weight-loss so she could keep losing. "My biggest problem was sweets," she says. "But I read that acai was sweet and good for you so I decided to add it to my diet as a desert substitute."

"It worked! Acai tastes like chocolate so it was the perfect way for me to get my sweet fix and not crave sugar anymore." Leslie made acai a staple in her diet by making yogurt with acai syrup, and acai smoothies and juices.

"Just a few months after I started adding acai I got back to my desired weight which now fluctuates between 128-132 lbs."

Leslie's acai recipes included making acai syrup using acai preserves. Acai preserves are a great way to get the nutrition from the berry because they retain the antioxidants, amino acids and fatty acids of the acai berry which help us lose weight.

Leslie also drank acai juices and smoothies which gave her an energy boost throughout the day and squelched her sugar cravings.

"I have learned so much in the last few months just from reading the e-book "Natural, Sexy Skinny. I can honestly say that eating organic and adding acai to my diet were the 'secrets of my weight-loss success."

What is an Acai Berry?

Açaí (ah-sigh-ee) is a berry that grows on the Amazon Palm Trees harvested in the rainforests of Brazil. Acai berries have powerful anti-aging and weight-loss properties and are considered a must-have "superfood."

For hundreds of years Braziliansn have harvested the acai berry as an essential food staple with it's rejuvenating and detoxifying properties. Açaí Berries are chock full of antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. These nutrients are essential to our well-being.

Acai in the News!

"Acai berries are among the most nutritious foods of the Amazon, rich in B vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Acai berries also contain oleic acid (omega-9), a beneficial fatty acid (often mistakenly referred to as essential)."
-The Early Show, CBS

"Acai pulp contains 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes and 10 to 30 times the anthocyanins of red wine; a synergy of monounsaturated (healthy) fats, dietary fiber and phytosterols to help promote cardiovascular and digestive health; and an almost perfect essential amino acid complex in conjunction with valuable trace minerals, vital to proper muscle contraction and regeneration."
Today Show, NBC

"At juice bars and health stores around the country, the hip new taste is açaí, (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) a grape-size, deep-purple berry that grows atop palm trees in the Brazilian jungle."
-Wall Street Journal

"Studies at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston suggest that consuming fruits and vegetables with a high-ORAC value may help slow the aging process in both body and brain."

"It may seem odd to start this list of superfoods with one you’ve likely never even heard of. But studies have shown that this little berry is one of the most nutritious and powerful foods in the world! Açaí (ah-sigh-ee) is the high-energy berry of a special Amazon palm tree."
-The Oprah Winfrey Show

What is the Acai Berry and How Do I Incorporate it into My Diet?

The Acai berry is a small dark purple berry similar to a grape or a blueberry. The natives of Brazil have enjoyed its many health benefits for generations and consider it a super food boasting 10 times the antioxidants of grapes and twice the antioxidants of blueberries. With its laundry list of healthy properties, Acai has also become popular for its weight loss benefits.

So what are the weight loss benefits? The Acai berry is an appetite suppressant. The natural appetite suppression is so strong that Acai is equated to a strong dose of weight loss pills. After consuming the Acai berry, we feel full. Curbing hunger is a proven and obviously effective way of aiding weight loss. The array of nutrients in Acai also boosts our metabolism, which encourages the fat burning process.

Incorporate Acai in Your Diet

One of the best ways to include Acai into your daily diet is by having it for breakfast. More and more health food stores are carrying frozen Acai berries, so using it in smoothie with other fruits is a great way to start the day. Another excellent way to eat Acai is to mix the berries in with some granola and yogurt.

There are also many Acai juice products on the market. The prices of some can be expensive, so shop around. Others even come in a powder form. Most manufacturers do not make the weight loss claim, but many who drink the Acai juice experience the same weight loss benefits of eating the berries themselves.

There are many other health reasons Acai has been used, but for people with weight loss issues, losing weight inevitably makes a person feel better and aid in their overall health improvement goals.

Try the Acai Energy Bowl

Here's a great recipe you can make at home:

The Acai Energy Bowl

1/2 cup organic plain or vanilla yogurt
8-12 oz Acai puree
1/4 cup soy or rice milk
8 strawberries or handful of blueberries
1/2 cup granola
seasonal fresh fruit

How to make: In a blender combine yogurt, puree, milk and strawberries and blend for about a minute or until smooth. Now top it with fresh fruit and granola for a healthy antioxidant rich treat!

To make it thicker, add more yogurt or to make it thinner, add more milk. you can also experiment with different fruit combinations or sweeten the recipe with stevia.

Amazing Acai Benefits

-Increased Energy
-Better Sleep
-Clear Complexion
-Immune System Support
-Cancer Prevention
-Lower Cholesterol
-Full of antioxidants
-Supports healthy hair
-Helps reduce pain and swelling

Omega Fatty Acids Help Boost Metabolism

Think of your body as a powerhouse. The metabolism is what determines whether there will be more power or less power. With more power, the powerhouse is able to do more and make more energy. To translate this to body terms, the higher metabolism you have, the more calories you can burn.

A healthy metabolism is the key essential to losing weight and keeping weight off. However, many people have slow metabolisms because of their lifestyles. Many people have chosen a sedentary lifestyle and eat unhealthy, energy-less foods. This has made them have a slower metabolism because they have basically told their bodies, “I do not do much, so therefore I do not need that much energy.” These people gain weight then because they are eating more calories then they can burn, and their metabolism is only burning enough calories so they can go through their day with very little activity.

A helpful metabolism booster is the acai berry. The acai berry contains Omega fatty acids. These are good and essential fats the body uses to burn more energy. So unlike the fatty oils from your French fries, the acai berry’s Omega fatty acids will not be stored as fat. Instead they will be broken down by the liver leaving you with the healthy benefits. The acai berry encourages a healthy metabolism which will then in turn help you burn more calories throughout your day.