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The Doctors review MonaVie

Feb 05

Chances are if you’ve heard about the acai berry you’ve also heard about MonaVie. In fact, MonaVie is how I learned about the acai berry in the first place. It’s the MLM juice network that has really taken hold across North America. It’s an expensive product to purchase, but it does have potential to generate some nice income if treated as a business. Personally, after drinking this juice, I without question experienced a boost in energy from a measly 2 ounces. The question you have to ask yourself if considering getting into MonaVie is:

  1. Are you prepared to spend close to $40 per bottle?
  2. If not, do you have the time, commitment and passion to work your own network selling MonaVie to offset your cost of drinking the product?

Acai berry weight loss misconceptions

Feb 04

ABC News Acai Berry Weight LossSusan James writes on that the acai berry is leaving people ripped off, and isn’t necessarily worth the effort or investment. I tend to disagree with this article, but not because I believe the acai berry performs weight loss miracles, but because the acai berry’s benefits have been taken out of context. In comparison with other foods, the acai berry has limited research behind it’s claims. Paul Gross, PhD, does have a study comparing the benefits of the acai berry with other foods, but I haven’t come across any reputable source saying the acai berry is a great weight loss tool. Even Dr. Oz and Dr. Perricone from Oprah’s television show didn’t claim the acai berry should be used as a weight loss supplement, and they can be attributed with a large part of the acai berries adoption across America.

Back to this ABC News article. In summary, a husband and wife purchase acai berry supplements online with expectations of loosing weight within the first week. There’s no talk of what the entire diet consisted of and there’s no talk of a fitness program – I suppose the weight is just supposed to disappear? No one in the real weight loss industry is going to tell you to take a supplement and expect to notice a difference in 1 week. What I do think they would tell you is to avoid simple carbohydrates, incorporate the right nutrients into the diet, and MAYBE, just maybe they might recommend some sort of excersize program.

“Of course, it’s marketing,” said GNC franchise owner Shakil Kazi, who sells a full line of acai antioxidants. His store does not promote them as weight loss products, yet people are constantly asking for the acai berry weight loss products.

“That’s what eight out of 10 of my customers are looking for — weight loss,” he said. “We can sell anything for weight loss. And if it works even just a little, it gets a million people in the stores.”

“It’s a really good sell,” he said of acai. “Many of our customers are looking for it after they see it on television and in magazines.”

It’s humerous how America can dial into this amazing Brazilian acai berry, associate it with the “fit, healthy” reputation Brazilians have and think that a capsule/supplement version of the same berry is going to help a country loose weight. It’s marketing at it’s best and lack of research on behalf of the consumers. Acai berry has some terrific benefits, but it has to be part of a healthy, balanced diet and active lifestyle before the full benefits are really seen. Just because a person takes acai supplements before they sneak in a fast food meal for the 4th time that week doesn’t mean they’re going to loose weight!

Acai berry noted for cardiovascular health

Feb 03

Danielle Hope Hier of the Tampa Yoga Examiner noted the acai berry in the second part of her two part superfood reference guide. Among hot peppers, garlic, pumpkin seeds and pomegranate arils, the acai berry was noted for cardiovascular health, anti-inflammatory properties and high concentration of minerals and amino acids.

Part one listed lentils for their ability to lower cholesterol and high fibre content. Blueberries were also noted for their high antioxidant traits.

While it’s no surpise the acai berry is slowly building it’s credibility, it is still relatively new to the playing field in North America. In this instance it’s noted at the end of a two part superfoods reference guide behind blueberries, flax seeds and tea. The fans of the acai berry are quick to point out the ORAC score of acai berries to be higher than any food listed in this superfood reference guide. In my opinion, the fact that it’s making it’s way into an article written by a North American yoga instructor operating out of Tampa is testament to the impact the acai berry has had in North America in such a short time.

Acai berry study to back up the ‘super food’ claims

Jan 08

Acai BerriesAfter a few posts about the acai scams that are floating around the Internet, I thought it was time to write something that supports this amazing berry.

While there are a number of claims circulating that the acai berry is the #1 super food, there often isn’t a lot of data presented to support those claims. In comparison with other foods, the acai berry hasn’t been researched very extensively. It would seem that most of the claims are proposed by those that will benefit financially from the popularity of the acai berry, so you have to be cautious. None the less, there have been studies that do back up the amazing benefits of the acai berry – they’re just not publicized as much.

For starters, the fiber content of acai berries sits at around 35%, surpassing that of the competing goji berry (wolfberry). The energy at fatty acid content is greater than goji berry and blueberry as well. Borrowed from an article reviewing the studies, Paul Gross, PhD states:

Analysis of the fat composition [from two separate studies] revealed the precise origins of açaí’s exceptional lipid density. Nearly all of the saturated fatty acid content in açaí is from palmitic acid (IUPAC hexadecanoic acid, approx. 23%), monounsaturated fat is from oleic acid (approx. 58%, an omega-9 fat,18:1 ω-9), and polyunsaturated fats result from linoleic acid (12%, an omega-6 fat, 18:2 ω-6). These three fatty acids, therefore, make up 93% of the total lipids in açaí. The oleic acid content of açaí is the same as in olive oil.

When looking at the nutrient content of the acai berry, there’s even more good news.

The density of several minerals in açaí is a significant percentage of the daily recommended intake, especially for copper and zinc which equal or exceed the daily recommended intake. In one result, vitamin E content was 3-times the recommended intake.

The conclusion of the review of these studies states two very important things. Firstly, it identifies that the acai berry is difficult to bring to market with all of it’s nurtitional benefits due to the high oxidation rate caused by the significant fat content. Freeze drying is accepted as as one method of preserving the nutritional benefits of the acai berry. The second statement is exciting, yet of course doesn’t promise anything. “Dozens of diseases have a component of oxidative stress at their origins, such as chronic inflammation, atherosclerosis, diabetes and cancer, and so may be prevented or inhibited by high-antioxidant fruit like açaí.”

Acai berry products and what to look for…

Dec 28

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