Boosting Life Choices: Açai

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Açai

I was introduced to Açai berry about 7 years ago in the form of a juice. The focus of this fruit that is found in Central and South America has been its high antioxidant content. Research is focusing on the possibility that it may help prevent heart disease and cancer as well as aid with weight reduction.

The Açai berry contains anthocyanins and flavonoids that defend the body against “life’s stressors” and also aid in the body’s cell protection system. I suffer from endometriosis. The hip pain I get from this is sometimes so bad that I’m unable to walk.  Since I have been drinking Açai the pain is more manageable and sometimes I am pain free for months. So, is it psychological or is it Açai? I have not changed anything, not taking anything different or doing anything different for this. So, if it’s Açai, I have found a great natural way to help my endometriosis. If it’s psychological, why didn’t I psych myself out earlier in life? Haha!

Some beauty products contain Açai oil due to its high antioxidant properties and it’s ability for the antioxidant levels to remain high when the oil is pressed and stored for long periods of time. Therefore, it is used in body creams, skin therapy, shampoo conditioners and many other products.

People with allergies to pollen or other berries may have a reaction to Açai. Therefore, it is very important to always consult with your doctor to make sure this is safe for you.

açai smoothie

Rainforest Açai Smoothie Recipe

Author: Kimberly Snyder

(Makes 1 serving)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 packet frozen açai
  • ½ Tbs. raw cacao (optional)
  • Stevia to taste
  • ½ avocado (optional to make thicker and more filling)

Instructions

Using a good blender, blend the açai and almond milk at low speed until you’ve broken down the Açai, then move to a higher speed. Once it is smooth, use the Stevia. Add the ½ of an avocado  to make a denser snack or dessert. Enjoy!

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