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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.

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  1. […] RezV Elite is a supplement containing the acai berry and resveratrol, a substance found in red wine that is currently undergoing a wide variety of studies. Some of these studies find that mice subjected to resveratrol live longer, other studies show signs of resveratrol preventing prostate cancer. But I’m here to write about this particular RezV Elite product, not resveratrol in general. Learn more about resveratrol and acai berries here. […]

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