Most of us know the story... The Tree of Knowledge grew in the Garden of Eden. It was the only tree Adam and Eve couldn't eat from, and it held the forbidden fruit that would make them smarter.
There is some debate as to whether apples fell from the tree, or if it was actually a fig that opened the eyes of man. The real question should be, does a fruit that can increase intelligence actually exist?
The answer may surprise you.
The Origins of a Miracle
We don't live in the Garden of Eden, and Açaí (pronounced ah-sah-ee) is far from being a forbidden fruit, but these amazing little berries may indeed improve mental focus and prevent age-related cognitive decline. The acai berry may not look like much on the surface, but this historical little berry packs quite a powerful punch.
The acai berry is native to Brazil and comes from the euterpe oleracea species of palm tree; a tree that can grow to be nearly ninety feet tall and produces two crops of acai berries each year . The acai berry has been around for centuries. Many Amazon tribes have been using the berry for medicinal purposes since long before you or I came along. Some claim that acai can strengthen the immune system, aid in digestive function and alleviate inflammation. There have even been studies that indicate acai may be able to kill cancer cells. Many also swear by its ability to enhance memory and stimulate brain function .
How much truth is there to these claims? Can acai really relieve you of all of your medical woes and jumpstart your brain?
The Acai Debate
There is a bit of debate as to what acai can and can not do. What is clear, however, is that acai is one of the most powerful antioxidants known to man.
Acai berries have more than five-times the antioxidant potency of blueberries and more than ten-times the antioxidant potency of red grapes . Just think, you would have to eat 100 grapes to get the same antioxidant amount as you would by eating just ten acai berries.
We all know that antioxidants have been proven to boast a wide variety of health benefits. Antioxidants protect brain cells from free radical damage, which means increased defense against memory loss. They may also enhance one's focus and ability to learn [4,5]. If there is any such thing as a “fruit of knowledge”, acai could definitely fit the bill.
Since acai is possibly the most potent antioxidant out there, it goes without saying that this powerful little berry may very well be your best bet for protecting your memory and preventing oxidative stress.
Where to Get Acai
Acai can be found almost anywhere thanks to its growing popularity. It is available in powder and capsule supplements as well as teas and juices. Even most grocery stores have at least one or two brands of acai juice sitting on their shelves.
Of course you need to understand that not all concentrations of acai are the same. If you want to use acai for all its beneficial properties, the sugar-laden mixed-fruit juice at your local grocery store might not have a high enough concentration to merit any attention. Make sure you pay attention to the concentration of any acai products you buy. Remember, not all juices and supplements are created equal.
The quality of your acai is important if you want to reap the benefits that this sweet little berry has to offer.
Entropy contains 450mg of natural acai extract -- its most nutrient-rich form. Buy Entropy Now.
As American as Acai Pie?
You're probably thinking “As American as acai pie” doesn't make any sense. It's supposed to be apple pie, right? Not necessarily... Acai is just as delicious as apple and with all of its health benefits, Acai pie just might replace apple pie as America's favorite dessert.
1 Marcason, Wendy. What Is the A&ccedl;aí Berry and Are There Health Benefits? Journal of the American Dietetic Association. November 2009 (Vol. 109, Issue 11, Page 1968)
2 Nordlie, Tom. Brazilian berry destroys cancer cells in lab. UF study. University of Florida News. Thursday, January 12, 2006.
3 Prior RL, Joseph JA, Cao G, Shukitt-Hale B. Can foods forestall aging? Agricult Res. 1999 Feb. 47(2):14-17.
4 Narule, Dr. Shelley. Foods That Improve Your Brain Function. Healthy Living. Jan 10, 2009
5 Willis, Lauren M; Shukitt-Hale, Barbara; Joseph, James A. Recent advances in berry supplementation and age-related cognitive decline. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care, January 2009 - Volume 12 - Issue 1 - p 91-94