Two Miracle Foods: Acai Berries and Chia Seeds

Miracle foods for your good health and healing

The benefits from eating healthy are endless. Food can nourish you and cure you. And some foods that you eat can help you look and age better! Here are two healthy foods you may not have heard about, foods that will be on more tables this year, Chia Seeds and the Acai Berries. This is good news for healthy living.

Chia Seeds for Quality Omega-3s

These little seeds have nothing to do with the Chia Pet, the popular herb planter. Chia seeds are used like flaxseed, to provide omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. In many ways chia seeds are even better than flaxseed. Chia seeds provide higher levels of omega-3's, they don't become rancid with age, and they digest well even when eaten whole. They have the same delicious nutty taste as flaxseeds.

Omega-3's are the good fats that nourish the brain, lower cholesterol, protect against inflammation and ward off heart disease. Cold-water fish is the usual source for omega-3's in our diet. But, as concerns grow about the presence of toxic heavy metals in fish, alternative plant sources of omega-3's, like flaxseed and chia seed, will become more important. You'll be happy to hear that, unlike fish, chia seeds have no cholesterol. Unlike flaxseed, chia seeds can be stored a long time without becoming rancid.

The black and the white chia seeds are both equally nutritious. Jam-packed full of nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, niacin and zinc, as well as lots of fiber, chia seeds offer a wealth of nutrition for the buck. Vegetarians will find them a valuable protein source when fish is not in their diet.

The chia seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, and have been eaten for thousands of years. Chia was a food staple of the Aztecs and Mayan Indians, and was used to relieve joint pain and skin conditions. Present-day crops are grown in Arizona and Latin America.

 Use chia seeds the same way you use flaxseeds. Sprinkle chia seeds on your breakfast cereal, on your yogurt and in your salad. Bake them into muffins and breads. Eat a spoonful of chia seeds as a snack. If you prefer to take a capsule, chia oil is available in capsule form, just like flaxseed oil. You're going to hear lots more about chia seeds as interest grows. 

Acai Berry Juice for Mega Antioxidants 

Another miracle food you'll want to know about is açai. It's pronounced a-sigh-ee. It is the purple berry of the açai palm, which grows wild in the Amazon River rainforests. Açai looks like a blueberry or a grape, but its nutritional benefits are exceptional and its pulp and juice provide incredible levels of antioxidants. In marketing buzz, açaí has been called "the power berry" or "super berry" because of the abundant nutrients it contains. The dark purple berries of the Açai palm contain up to 33 times the antioxidant content of red wine grapes.

Açai is sold as juice, and usually mixed with other juices, grape, pomegranate, agave or berry, as a sweetener. Drink your açai juice plain, in a smoothie with other fruits, heated in a mug instead of coffee, or, if you prefer, in a cocktail with vodka or rum. You can find it in supermarkets now, usually in the health food section.

Açai is a relatively new discovery. The açai received good publicity when it was featured in a book by Dr. Nicholas Perricone and spotlighted on the Oprah Winfrey show. In his book “The Perricone Promise,” Dr. Perricone calls Açaí “The #1 Superfood on the planet.” 

The Health Benefits of Acai Berry Juice

Açai is called a superfood because it is one of the most nutritious foods in the world. The berry naturally contains huge amounts of antioxidants, vitamins B1, B2, B3, vitamin E, vitamin C, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, fiber and proteins, as well as good fatty acids. Açaí is loaded with these antioxidants, even much more than pomegranates, blueberries, green tea or red wine. In addition, Açaí has the same types of proteins as eggs. It has 8 of the 9 essential amino acids, the building blocks essential for strength and endurance.

Antioxidants benefit us by seeking and destroying the free radicals that cause disease in the body. These free radicals cause your cells to “rust” from oxygen. It’s the same process that makes a sliced apple turn brown so quickly. In humans, free radicals can lead to premature aging, cancer, heart disease and possibly even Alzheimer’s.

As the best antioxidant food, Açaí imparts important health benefits, such as reduced risk or prevention of:

chronic inflammation
heart and vascular disease
Alzheimer's disease and other types of neurodegeneration
high blood cholesterol
bacterial infections
urinary tract infections
age-related vision deterioration 
premature aging.

In addition to these benefits, a study at the University of Florida in 2006 confirmed that açaí berries contain antioxidants that destroyed cultured human cancer cells. Açaí has also been used topically for its astringent and antibacterial properties. It is the essential beauty food.

After you know about Açaí’s powerful nutrients and its ability to slow down aging and make you feel and look younger, you can understand the excitement among nutritionists. Açai has magical properties.

There are untold benefits to being a healthy person. If you are healthy, your immune system is stronger, you have fewer medical problems and you live longer. Best of all, you find pleasure and meaning in this world. Your life is full of activities that are significant and enjoyable.