WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ACAI
Why Antioxidants are Vital to the Human Body
by Gill Moreira
The human body needs on average 1500 ppmg ORAC Antioxidants daily to be able to work fighting the oxidation taking place in the cells.
What is Oxidation?
Oxidation is actually a simple process. When something oxidizes, for instance a piece of steel, it starts changing its color. The first sign of oxidation on a piece of steel is red or brown spots that gradually grow on until the steel is completely covered and even destroyed with time. The human body’s cells work the same way. The Oxidation taking place in the cells starts destroying them one by one until it takes over part of the body or a specific organ.
What are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants are substances capable of protecting other substances from oxidation. While our cells use oxygen, they produce free radicals – one of our worst enemies. Antioxidants have the power to literally clean the free radicals and repair the damage they cause. Antioxidants are produced by our body to inhibit the destructive action of free radicals. Nutrients like flavonoids, lycopene, lutein, coenzyme Q10, beta-carotene, Vitamin E and C, and selenium are powerful tools that give our body the weapons to fight against oxidation. Foods that provide us with a significant quantity of these elements are: flavonoids (soy, pomegranate, purple grapes, tomatoes, cranberries, pink grapefruit); selenium (fish, shellfish, red meat, garlic); vitamin E (vegetable oil, olive oil, nuts and seeds); Vitamin C (citrus fruits, green pepper, broccoli, strawberries); Vitamin A and carotenoids (carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, peaches and apricots). To date, however, the single most powerful source of antioxidants is Açaí, a natural health ambrosia whose exceptional antioxidants qualities have recently been discovered by nutritional and medical studies.