Friday, June 5, 2009

Acai Berry supplements

I feel it is safe to say that the Acai berry is one of the best discoveries in recent years when it comes to health foods; in fact it has already been classed as the latest super food by the health industry, the main reason for this is due to the fact they are so high in antioxidants. It is because of the benefits that have been associated to the Acai berry that there are now a number of supplements on the market available for you to use for a number of reasons. For example Acai berries are associated with aiding in weight loss and anti-aging so you may wish to take supplements for this reason. But what exactly are these supplements?

Despite its size an Acai berry is packed with nutritional benefits. It is these benefits that are classed to be able to help you live longer and healthier. It is described as tasting between a mixture of red wine and chocolate so with this in mind it’s easy to see why this fruit is so popular, its not very often you find a health food that is this good for you but still tastes good.

When it comes to the supplements of the Acai berry there are more and more constantly coming onto the market as people continually discover the benefits that are associated with them. However despite this it should be noted that there are three main types of Acai berry supplements available to you, each of which have different qualities. For example a freeze dried supplement is the one that is the highest quality available. The process involved in this dehydrates the pulp before it is then turned into power form. With this process low temperatures are used as a means of retaining all of the berries nutrients. This is the most popular supplement available but another example of a supplement is spray dried Acai. With this supplement it presents a quicker and less expensive way of producing Acai berry power. With this process again the berries are dehydrated however this time it is done using high temperatures. Once this is completed the berry is sprayed with an agent such as maltodextrin.

Unlike the freeze dried supplement, the one above isn’t a desirable form of supplement to purchase. The reason for this comes down to the fact the heat destroys a lot of the berries nutrients as they are sensitive to high temperatures. Also you aren’t really getting what you are paying for as the berry supplement will mainly consist of 40% maltodextrin.

One last supplement that I am going to mention comes in the form of Acai berry extract. Basically with this supplement you aren’t really going to be getting any of the nutritional values that are associated with the berry. The reason for this is down to the fact the process of it involves extracting one chemical element of the plant. This extract is taken from the spray-dried acai, which is already low in nutritional value.

So we can clearly see that the freeze dried fruit is one of the best supplements available as they have the highest nutritional value due to their quality. These freeze dried supplements are then ground down into a power. This is significant for the fact the power offers the same antioxidant benefits as six ounces of fresh pulp.

If you are one of the many people who are looking into the benefits associated with Acai berry supplements then my advice to you is to look into supplements that are freeze dried. Any others will have been processed and lost some, if not most of their nutritional value. So make sure you know what you are buying before you make a purchase of an Acai berry supplement to ensure you are getting the most from it.

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