By Anthoney J. Andersen – Steroidal.com
For those individuals that engage in regular physical activity (three to four days a week) sometimes need to add a little extra “pep” to their step, in order to wrestle with the onset fatigue from their daily lives.
So many people either struggle to make it to the gym, or make excuses as to why they can’t find the time to workout (work, kids, school, exhaustion, etc.).
But what if there was a way to boost your body’s energy levels, while contributing to your overall health and well-being?
Good news is, there is a little known ‘superfood’ that can deliver the energy boost you need to give your body’s fatigue the knockout punch it deserves.
This healthy little nugget is known as the acai berry.
The acai berry (ah-sigh-EE) originated from the Amazon rain forests. This indigenous little berry is jam-packed with antioxidants that have been proclaimed for centuries as a healing, immune-stimulating, energy-boosting fruit.
According to Mayo Clinic, the antioxidants in acai berries have been known to help treat certain diseases like arthritis, cancer, weight loss, high cholesterol, erectile dysfunction, detoxification, and overall general health – including boosting energy levels.
Acai berries are also good sources of fiber and heart-healthy fats. Fiber helps regulate the body’s use of sugars, and aids in keeping your blood sugar in check while suppressing your hunger by making you feel ‘fuller’ longer.
The heart-healthy fats – omega-3 fatty acids, for example – help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, while decreasing the risk of arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats).
According to Naturalnews.com, free radical damage is one of the leading causes of accelerated aging and cancer cell formation. Free radicals is the term used to describe damaged cells that can often be problematic on other areas of the body.
“They are ‘free’ because they are missing a critical molecule, which sends them on a rampage to pair with another molecule (usually a healthy one),” says researcher Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, and professor of nutrition at Tufts University in Boston.
“These molecules will rob any molecule to quench that need,” Blumberg explains.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), when cells are no longer needed, they commit suicide by triggering an intracellular death program known as apoptosis.
The extract from acai berries can actually activate the apoptotic ‘death switch’ in 86 percent of leukemia cells.
Consuming acai berries can also help flush out our systems and keep our digestive tract clean and free flowing.
According to Globalhealingcenter.org, acai berries are endowed with powerful detoxification capabilities that will keep the digestive system operating at peak performance.
ACAI AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
As the outside temperatures begin to decrease, making the weather cooler and opening the gates for viruses and other immune deficiencies to roam free, while precariously entering our blood stream and causing cold and flu-like symptoms.
In order for our bodies to defend against those pesky viruses, our immune systems need to be operating in full force. A way to strengthen our body’s immune system is to ingest high levels of antioxidants.
According to Naturalnews.com, the antioxidants in acai berries have a supreme knack for reducing the oxidative stress – the disturbance in the balance between free radicals and antioxidant defenses – that foreign invading microorganisms produce.
Acai berries help strengthen the immune system so it can protect itself against an attack from the opportunity-seeking little microbes.
INCREASED ENERGY AND SEX DRIVE
The variety of health benefits that acai berries have to offer include increased energy levels and sex drive.
Taking acai extract can lead to the ability to boost the body’s overall energy and stamina levels, which will aid in the completion of your favorite physical activities, or combat the daily fatigue and exhaustion experienced in our day-to-day lives.
The increased energy levels also transfer over to our sex drive.
A handful of the delicious red berries can increase blood circulation in the human body that can translate into an increase in libido, especially in men.
Acai berries contain many nutritional necessities for the human body, and can assist in helping us survive our busy schedules, and push us into completing – or for many, starting – our physical form of exercise.
However, even though acai berries are highly nutritious and contain remarkable amounts of antioxidants, they also contain fructose sugar, as all fruits and berries do.
In other words, to achieve optimal results while maintaining good health, we want to consume low amounts of fructose sugar and high amounts of antioxidants.
So, it’s recommended that you consider sticking to an organic – minimally processed acai berry extract or powder – that will yield very small amounts of sugar and is in its most purest form.