Thursday, April 12, 2007

Acai Juice - Can Acai Juice Really Reduce The Liklihood Of Cancer And Heart Diseases ?

Several epidemological studies suggest that a high intake of food rich in antioxidants can reduce the risk of some, but not all, cancers, heart disease and stroke. These properties are attributed to a variety of constituents, including vitamins, minerals, fibres and numerous phytochemicals, including flavonoids, which are those antioxidant compounds found in red wine and some fruit and vegetables. Acai Juice contains thirty times more of these than red wine.

Why are antioxidants important ?

Well the very thing we breathe, oxygen, not only rusts cars but it actually "rusts" you too. See, your blood is full of iron. And guess what? The Iron in your blood - just like the iron in your car - is broken down by oxygen. It shows up as rust on your car. This deterioration shows up in your blood as "free radicals".

Free radicals roam around your blood stream, getting into your tissues, causing damage to cell walls, certain cell structures, and genetic material within the cells. Free Radicals seem to accelerate the aging process. In the worst case scenario and over a long time period, such damage can become irreversible and lead to disease (like cancer).

Antioxidants are free radical fighting compounds which play the housekeeper's role, "mopping up" free radicals before they get a chance to do harm in your body. Antioxidants protect key cell components from damage by neutralizing the free radicals. Antioxidants that occur naturally in the body or are consumed through the diet may block most of the damage.

Recent studies have been carried out where the active antioxidant components from Acai Juice have been extracted and under laboratory conditions shown to reduce the proliferation of HL-60 human leukemia cells. However, further work is required to determine the effectiveness of Acai Juice in real life human subjects.

Although, the so called "French paradox" appears to exist where those people who regularly drink red wine, along with those people who eat a "Mediterranean" diet suffer less from Cancer and Heart Disease.

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