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People know that they better their general health by consuming a lot of fruits and vegetables. However, there are not that many people who believe that by eating certain foods a person can effect the amount of cancer cells. There are fruits that have a very high concentration of antioxidants that researches show that they actually kill the cancer cells. For instance, mangoes and grapes are such fruits. Researches proved that they have enough antioxidants that will destroy cancer cells. However, there is one fruit that has an even greater concentration of antioxidants and it is called Acai berry. This fruit grows in the area that surrounds the Amazon River in Brazil.

Acai berry

People can find this fruit growing on a type of a palm tree named the Euterpe Oleracea. The size of the Acai berry is the same as the blueberry. The seed of this fruit is big and the skin of it is dark, purple and thick. Acai berry has been in use for medicinal purposes in Brazilian tribes for a long period of time. These people were aware that it possessed certain health benefits and used it mainly to treat skin conditions and digestive problems.

Acai berry in the United States

The American people were not aware of this fruit until only recently. Extract from this fruit have been manufactured and created some five years ago. People who started selling the Acai berry extract claimed that it was good for lowering cholesterol, losing weight, detoxification of the digestive tract and for energy boost. However, none of these claims were scientifically backed up. It was in the year 2005 that the University in Florida decided to properly test Acai berry and find out what are its real health benefits. When the tests and researches were finished and published in the January of 2006 they said that Acai berries could actually trigger 35 to 86% of the cancerous leukemia cells to self destruct. This, however, depended on the sample and concentration of the antioxidants.

Even Oprah Winfrey placed this fruit on the first place of her 10 superfoods in the year 2005. Some of the other superfoods on the list are barley, beans and lentils, green foods, nuts and seeds and hot peppers. In her show it was also said that Acai pulp has 10 times more antioxidants than red grape, and also complex amino acids, monounsaturated fats, dietary fiber and phytosterols.

A person can buy Acai berry extract in almost every local health and vitamin store. The extract can also be ordered over the internet.

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