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Posts from February, 2009

The Sunset Smoothie from Sambazon

Feb 27

This is a great Sambazon acai smoothie recipe from Rochelle, the video is shot at her house right next to Sunset Beach – jealous yet?

Rehashing acai berry studies

Feb 25

Reading research papers with a scientific touch and understanding exactly what they’re talking about and how it applies to the health of the human body isn’t always a straightforward task. The below excerpt comes from a study published by Alexander Schauss, Xianli Wu, Ronald Prior, Boxin Ou, Dinesh Patel, Dejian Huang and James Kababick. This is my attempt to walk through it’s meaning…

Among many findings, anthocyanins (ACNs), proanthocyanidins (PACs), and other flavonoids were found to be the major phytochemicals. Two ACNs, cyandin 3-glucoside and cyanidin 3-rutinoside were found to be predominant ACNs; three others were also found as minor ACNs. The total content of ACNs was measured as 3.1919 mg/g dry weight (DW). Polymers were found to be the major PACs. The concentration of total PACs was calculated as 12.89 mg/g DW. Other flavonoids, namely, homoorientin, orientin, isovitexin, scoparin, and taxifolin deoxyhexose, along with several unknown flavonoids, were also detected. Resveratrol was found but at a very low concentration.

For starters, anthocyanins and proanthocyanins and flavenoids which are found in plants in either red, purple or blue colors. These anthocyanins are sources of antioxidants, and while anthocyanins haven’t been proven to be beneficial to health there are a number of claims on the contrary. The two anthocyanins with the highest concentration, cyandin 3-glucoside and cyanidin 3-rutinoside, are only beneficial to the human body if they are, firstly, in tact when they reach the digestive system, and secondly, if they are able to enter a cell and remain “active”. This is why harvesting the acai berry is such a critical part of the process. Afterall, the reason antioxidants have gained so much attention is because of their ability to lend an electron, thus preventing free radicals from damaging tissues.

The last substance mentioned, Resveratrol, is produced by certain plants when they are under attack from bacteria or fungi. You may have seen Resveratrol being sold as a supplement in health stores. In rat experiments Resveratrol has been reported as having anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory characteristics. However, the only benefit actually recorded as a result of taking Resveratrol is lower blood sugar when taking high dosages.

Acai 100 acai berry juice

Feb 23

acai 100 acai berry juice“You can taste and feel the purity” is the tagline of this acai berry product, and in some respects it seems to be true. One of the major problems associated with harvesting the acai berry is that it is comprised of 90% seed. Acai 100 doesn’t consider this an issue, as their product uses the entire berry. The skin (epicarp), the pulpy part between the skin and seed (mesocarp, and the seed itself (endocarp). It claims to contain 30,000mg of acai in each ounce of juice – it’s rare for an acai berry product to make bold statements about the actual amount of the acai berry it contains.

The product claims to have 40,000 hours of clinical research backing it, and is fully endorsed by a number of doctors. One of these doctors is, Dr. Julian Whitaker AKA American’s Wellness Doctor. Another is Dr. Steven Lamm from Barbera Walter’s The View. Finally, Dr. Lindsey Duncan, who seems to be affiliated with Genesis Today, the developer and distributor of Acai 100.

Claims:

On an add for this product it claims help:

  • Naturally control weight
  • Provide healthy energy levels
  • Health of your hair, skin & nails
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Sexual health

It’s available in health food stores across the USA and Canada – I may just give this juice a try the next time I come across it. Has anyone out their tried it? Please post your thoughts!

Celsius Beverage distribution expands

Feb 20

celsius beverages green tea acai raspberryCelsius Beverages will now be available in 56 New England Big Y stores. As Celsius becomes easier to find in some locations, the company relies on independent distributors to reach most of it’s locations. By the looks of their website, it seems like they’re open to almost anyone getting involved in selling the product. There are seven flavors, one of course is green tea raspberry acai. The others are lemon lime, ginger ale, cola, orange, wild berry and green tea peach mango. Borrowed from the Celsius website:

When you drink Celsius, your body benefits from the key minerals, calcium and chromium, as well as vitamin C, and B vitamins such as biotin, riboflavin, niacin, B6, and B12. Botanicals include three herbal extracts: guarana seed (for a longer lasting, better tasting caffeine), green tea leaf (optimized at 10% EGCG for the ideal metabolism boost), and ginger root (for improved digestion and circulation). Caffeine and botanical extracts are typically bitter, but our proprietary pasteurization technique masks this flavor and keeps the vital benefits, allowing us to stay away from sodas’ typical harsh chemical preservatives.

The result is Celsius – a delicious way to burn more calories with every sip.

If you’re interested in trying this product, use their store locator to find the store closest to you. Has anyone out there given any of these products a try? If so, please feel free to post your thoughts…

IceFest Martini

Feb 19

February 20 is the official kick off of the World of Ice, Icefest 2009 in Yorkville, Ontario. With at least 17 ice sculptures created out of 25,000 lbs of ice, this may be a spectacle you want to check out if you live in the vicinity. How does this relate to the acai berry?

Ken McClelland created a martini specifically for this event orinally dubbed the Icefest Martini. Starting with Wyborowa Exquisite Polish vodka mised with acai berry juice and blended with apple and raspberry. It was found that adding tequila complimented this mixture quite well. Not stopping there, Ken ads Uphoria Pomegranate liqour and a five-spice powdered rim and you have a unique drink to impress guests with.

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz Wyborowa Exquisite vodka

1 oz Uphoria Pomegranate liquor

1/2 oz Olmeca tequila

2 oz açaí juice

Five-spice powder (for rim)

Fresh berries (for garnish)

Pour ingredients into shaker filled with ice.

DIRECTIONS

Shake vigorously. Pour into chilled martini glass rimmed with five-spice powder. Garnish with fresh berries.