Posts Tagged ‘ acai ’

Acai for Weight Loss?? Its not Rocket Science!

Monday, October 10th, 2011

So you have heard Acai may help with weight loss?? But how can be sure before you take the leap?


Taking a cocktail of Vitamin Pills?

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Vitamin Pills certainly have their place in our modern-day lives, particularly to fight off acute illness and nasties, but wouldn’t it be great if we could get enough nutrients from our food alone and cut the handfuls of vitamin pills each day?

It is possible to reduce your intake & replace some tablets & capsules with alternative high nutrition food!


Acai Extracts show Brain Health Potential

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Extracts from Acai may enhance the ‘neuronal housekeeping function’ & potentially protect the brain as we age, suggests new research.

The brain’s natural housekeeping mechanism is called autophagy and involves the controlled degradation of cells, including the recycling of toxic proteins. This system declines naturally as we age, but new research suggests that berry extracts may enhance the process and contributes towards brain health.

Researchers at the USDA’s Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston presented their findings recently at the Society of Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

Super fruits from Central and South America

Acai berries (pronounced ah-sigh-ee), have long formed part of the staple diet of Indian tribes. With the appearance of a purple grape and taste of a tropical berry, it has been shown to have powerful antioxidant properties thanks to a high level of anthocyanins, pigments that are also present in low levels in red wine.

It is presently being sold in a number of countries, including New Zealand, Australia, South America, Japan, USA, and the Middle East

New data

Led by the late James Joseph from Tufts University, the researchers investigated the anti-inflammatory effects of acai extracts in the main defense cells of the brain – the microglia – in rodents. “Microglial activation can result in the generation of cytotoxic intermediates and is associated with a variety of age-related and neurodegenerative conditions,” explained the researchers.

Results presented in San Diego indicated that extracted fractions of the acai pulp protected against the release of pro-inflammatory compounds including COX-2 and TNF-alpha.

“These results suggest that acai may contribute to ‘health span’ in aging, as it is able to combat some of the inflammatory and oxidative mediators of aging at the cellular level,” wrote the researchers.

Six Ways to Sneak more fruit into your Diet

Friday, June 24th, 2011
How often do you eat fruit? I’m sure you’ve seen the government-sponsored advertisements encouraging us all to ‘Go for 2+5’ – in other words to eat at least two pieces of fruit a day, and five serves of vegetables. But are you really doing it? (more…)

Antioxidants Against Skin Ageing

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Your skin is the barrier between your body and the outside world, and every day it is exposed to pollution, sunlight, cigarette smoke and other factors that impact its health and appearance. All of these, as well as many of the body’s normal physiological processes, can culminate in the production of free radicals.

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Superfoods: Separating Fact from Fiction

Monday, May 30th, 2011

These berries were named the No.1 superfood by nutritionist to the stars Nicholas Perricone for reportedly having higher antioxidant levels than blueberries. The fact they can only be harvested twice a year in the Amazon Basin makes them sound as high-maintenance as one of Perricone’s famed clients, Gwyneth Paltrow. Nevertheless, the American Chemical Society verified the claim in 2006.


The William H. Macy of the vegie world, this homely food is also a powerhouse: loaded with vitamin C, folic acid and carotenoids, which are packed with vitamin A and can protect your cells from the damage of free radicals, which lead to premature ageing.


Jerry Seinfeld once said the mystery ingredient that makes every dish tasty is cinnamon. But does it really reduce blood levels of total cholesterol, including triglycerides, and help lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes? Yes.

Dark chocolate

The food equivalent of a supermodel who’s also a Mensa candidate, dark chocolate helps prevent heart disease because of the inhibiting effect of polyphenols on LDL cholesterol, which promotes coronary disease. And a BBC news report showed melting dark chocolate in one’s mouth produces an elevated heart rate more intense than when we kiss passionately.


Like a beauty queen who’s fallen from grace, soy products – once touted as reducing the risk of coronary heart disease – have recently been charged with causing hideous side effects such as loss of libido and breast growth in men. The bottom line, dietitian Milena Katz says, is that young soybeans are ”fine as a protein but so are chickpeas”.


Does this tiny brown seed truly improve heart health by lowering blood pressure, inflammation and blood triglyceride levels, helping to prevent clots in arteries? Only if you eat ground flaxseed or incorporated in flour or meal, rather than whole.


Not just the hottest cast member of Gilligan’s Island, ginger is a key part of traditional Chinese medicine. Why? Because this underground stem is rich in phytochemicals, including beta-carotene (which helps maintain good eyesight), curcumin and salicylates, which can be used to relieve numerous ailments, including nausea, motion sickness and pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis.


Garden-variety green herbs could pull off a public relations coup if word gets out about their health benefits. Dill has six times more beta-carotene than rockmelon or pumpkin, and basil and parsley have twice as much vitamin C as oranges.

Israeli couscous

Model Catherine McCord is touting this version of the ubiquitous grain, rather than the tinier African variety. It has the same health benefits – one cup provides 42 per cent of the daily recommended dose of vitamin C and its high fibre content helps slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, helping to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes – and it is toasted rather than dried, which lends it a nuttier flavour.


Like a great indie film, this South American root vegie is both obscure and good for you: a great source of vitamin C, folic acid (crucial in brain development) and beta-carotene.


Two of this leafy green’s antioxidants – lutein and zeaxanthin – lower the risk of age-related eye disease and its vitamin A helps fight infection. You can also make chips with it by sprinkling it with olive oil and salt and baking for 10 minutes. What more do you want?

Naturopath Emma Sutherlands Interview- How I Fell in love with Acai May 4th, 2011

Friday, May 6th, 2011

After carefully researching RioLife Acai, I decided to give them a call and meet up with founding partner, Andrew Cameron. Here is my interview with him. I can’t wait to start my Acai Challenge!


Eating for a strong immune system

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

It’s hard for your body to fend off the viruses that cause winter infections like colds and flu if your nutritional status is below par. Most people know that vitamin C-rich foods like citrus fruits become particularly important during the winter months. But did you know that other foods may also support your defences against infection and help relieve the symptoms of colds and flu? Here are five of the most important immune system stimulating foods to include in your diet as the weather gets colder. (more…)

Acai extracts show brain health potential

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Extracts from acai, blueberries and strawberries may enhance the ‘neuronal housekeeping function’ and potentially protect the brain as we age, suggests new research.

The brain’s natural housekeeping mechanism is called autophagy and involves the controlled degradation of cells, including the recycling of toxic proteins. This system declines naturally as we age, but new research suggests that berry extracts may enhance the process and contributes towards brain health.


Antioxidants for eye health; Kora blog for RioLife – March 2011 by Jayne Tancred

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Kora blog for RioLife – March 2011
by Jayne Tancred

Antioxidants for eye health

Being able to see clearly is a precious gift, and one that we often take for granted. How different would your life be if you couldn’t read, drive, or see the faces of your family and friends?

As we get older, many of us will experience failing vision. Often the remedy can be as simple as getting an updated prescription for your glasses, but serious eye problems such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are also increasingly common, and can have a significant impact on your sight.

It pays to do everything you can now to prevent these conditions affecting you later. One key step you can take is to ensure your diet includes an abundance of antioxidants.


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