Facts About Acai Berry

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The acai berry is grown on palm trees in the Amazon and is very beneficial for the vascular system and connective tissues in the body. Learn about how acai berries have a low glycemic index with information from a nutritionist and herbalist in this free video on nutrition.

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Hi, my name is Charlotte Skiles, I'm a nutrition consultant and clinical herbalist with Eat in Peace Wellness Consulting located in Austin, Texas and today I'm going to talk to you about facts about the acai berry. And the fact of the matter is the acai berry is from the Amazon and it's a berry that grows on palm trees and it's dark purple and it's very good for you. It's an interesting berry because it's high in fat content, it's got a lot of fat in it and that makes it very perishable. So the natives are able to eat it directly from the trees but we as Americans, it has to be shipped here and so what they'll do is they'll process it into a powder or they'll emulsify the pulp of that and freeze it for us so that we can put it into smoothies or kind of eat it like a Popsicle. But the acai berry is quite honestly just like any other berry. Blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, blackberry, they're all lovely berries and they're very nutritional, they're high in fiber, they're low in what is called the glycemic index meaning that they don't have a dramatic affect on insulin levels in the body and stabilize blood sugar well. And their dark purple color indicates a good amount of what's called polyphenols and bioflavonoids and these chemicals in these fruits like the acai berry that support our vascular system, our cardiovascular health, the structure of that because that vitamin C that's there in those bioflavonoids are very key to the integrity of the connective tissue on the body and a lot of people forget that connective tissue also makes up the veins and the arteries and the capillaries and all these various parts of the cardiovascular system. So eating something like the acai berry is great for heath health. And that's basically what I have to say about the acai berry.

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