Special Açai Report -2005

The Amazing Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest is often considered the “lungs of the world.” It is home to more than half of the Earth's estimated 10 million species of plants and animals. It is the source of about 20% of the Earth's oxygen.

Native Indians have enjoyed the fruits of the rainforest for many centuries. Experts estimate that these indigenous people routinely utilize as many as 2,000 of the 3,000 known rainforest fruits. One of these precious fruits is the Açai Fruit. This little berry is one of the most nutritious and powerful foods in the world. It is a very dark purple about the size of a grape and it is found high atop the Acai tree that grows throughout the Amazon basin. The Açai Berry

This delicious dark berry is making quite a buzz because it is packed with natural antioxidants, including vitamin C, vitamin E and special phytonutrients called anthocyanins. In fact, studies show that Açai provides significantly more antioxidants than such well-respected foods as blueberries, oranges and even red wine! Perhaps more impressive is the fact that the antioxidant concentration in the Açaí fruit is five times higher than that of Gingko Biloba, the popular “brain boosting” herbal supplement that is renowned for its antioxidant properties. Due to the vitality of this fruit, it is also referred to as the “Viagra of the Amazon.”

The people who have been using it for thousands of years harvest this berry naturally from the depths of the rain forests of Brazil. Açai is the only super food on the market that has everything you need naturally from only the berry itself.

In addition to the antioxidants mentioned above, Acai is high in fiber and contains Vitamin B1, B2, B3, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Calcium, Potassium, Proteins, and healthy fatty acids Omega 6 and Omega 9.

Research on Açai has shown that these anti-oxidants are known to fight and regulate cholesterol levels in the body.

As an added benefit, Açai gives you the highest level of anti-oxidants on the market, with  studies showing up to 33 times the anti-oxidant level as in red wine grapes.

Besides being considered one of the “richest foods in Iron” the Açai fruit is also rich in fiber which makes it strongly recommended for the elderly and/or for people with digestive or colon problems. For its microbiological characteristics, Açai is considered one of the most nutritive foods in the Amazon, and in the world.

How does it taste? The Açai fruit has a great berry flavor with the aroma of chocolate. In Brazil, they make a popular slurpie-like drink from it, and now it's the new favorite energy drink in trendy cafes and spas in New York and California!

Benefits of eating Acai fruit include:

  • Prevention of degenerative diseases (heart disease, cancer, etc.) .
  • Increased Energy and Vitality .
  • Resistance to colds/flu and disease .
  • Skin Tone – more youthful, healthier-looking skin .
  • Healthier eyes and improved night vision .
  • Improved circulation, especially to the extremities .
  • And many more…
  • Here are some articles and excerpts from various publications regarding the Acai Fruit:

    Health Sciences Institute - July 2003 "Nature's Perfect Food"

    Discover the amazing health benefits of the fruit from the Amazon’s "tree of life" By Judy Douglas

    If you get your health guidance from the mainstream media, you’d think the healthiest way to live is to guzzle red wine and drown everything in olive oil.

    That’s basically what they’ve told us in recent years. First, it was the “French paradox”--the fact that the French, who generally eat lots of cheese, cream, and butter; drink lots of wine; and smoke like chimneys, are healthier than Americans. Scientists told us it was all in the wine— specifically, in the anthocyanins—the antioxidant flavonoid that gives red grapes their deep color.

    Then it was the “Mediterranean diet,” the traditional way of eating in the regions of Italy and Spain, where olive oil is a staple. We learned that olive oil is a good source of essential fatty acids that are processed right out of many Americanized foods.

    I’m not discounting the benefits of either of these phytochemicals. In fact, in a minute I’ll explain exactly why both are so important to good health. I just question the sources recommended in the headlines. There’s got to be a better way to get these valuable nutrients than guzzling wine and drowning in oil.

    As it turns out, there is. I learned about it from HSI panelist Jon Barron. He told me about a single super food from the Amazon that, fresh from the tree, can provide over 30 times the amount of anthocyanins as red wine and all the beneficial fatty acids of olive oil in one delicious, all-natural package. And this is just the beginning of this food’s health benefits. It’s virtually impossible to over-do this food—which is certainly not the case with red wine or olive oil.

    Get the healing power of many phytonutrients in one delicious package. There’s no disputing the health benefits of anthocyanins and essential fatty acids. Both have proven to be powerful nutritional tools in the quest for good health.

    Research has shown that plant pigments like anthocyanins are potent antioxidants. The cardiovascular benefits are the most well known; studies show that anthocyanins can help prevent blood clots, improve blood circulation, relax blood vessels, and prevent arteriosclerosis. But scientists have also uncovered a whole host of other powerful effects from anthocyanins, including antiviral and antiallergenic properties. Some research even suggests that anthocyanins can prevent cancer, by blocking carcinogenesis on a molecular level and encouraging tumor cell death.

    Essential fatty acids have proven just as powerful. Oleic acid, a monounsaturated omega-9 acid, and linoleic acid, a polyunsaturated omega-6 acid, help lower LDL, and maintain healthy HDL levels. They also increase the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, E, D, and K, which are essential to good health. Research has even suggested that oleic acid may prevent against cancer and hypertension.

    Olive oil may be the best known sources of these nutrients, but it is certainly not the only one. It’s the pigment in red grapes that gives wine its anthocyanins—and that same pigment can also be found in other red and purple fruits and vegetables, such as blueberries, red cabbage, and purple sweet potatoes. Oleic acid is also present in pecans and seed oils, and linoleic acid is found in peanuts.

    But there is one food that delivers it all—plus other healthy nutrients like fiber, phytosterols, and vitamins C and E. For centuries, it’s been a staple for people in Brazil, yet virtually unknown to anyone outside the region—until now.

    Discover the health secret of generations of Amazonian Indians. It’s called açaí (pronounced ah-sigh-ee), and it’s the fruit of a palm tree that grows in the rainforests of the Amazon—a tree Brazilians call "The Tree of Life." About 90 percent of the small, round fruit is its hard, inedible pit—but that’s OK, because it’s the outside skin that holds the treasure. That dark purple skin is what contains the anthocyanins.

    The natives puree the skins, creating a treat that can be served warm as a sauce over fruit or grains or frozen like a sorbet. They’ve been eating it for centuries, passing down recipes from generation to generation. (The native people have also passed down the story of how açaí was discovered.) Because fruit itself is perishable, its popularity never spread beyond the region.

    Super food fights heart disease, cancer, prostate enlargement, and more. Since then, the news about açaí has been steadily spreading—and the evidence of nutritional and health benefits just keep piling up. Consider this: a 100-gram serving of açaí contains only 90 calories, just two grams of fat and no cholesterol. Plus, it delivers 3.5 grams of dietary fiber, something we could all use more of in our diets. Improved processing of the fresh fruit is making it possible to preserve more of the fruit’s healthful attributes. Currently, the puree provides more anthocyanins than red wine and has antioxidant concentrations that well outweigh blueberries.

    Subsequent research has shown that in addition to the anthocyanins and essential fatty acids, açaí also contains a healthy dose of plant sterols, another class of phytochemicals that have been shown to reduce cholesterol, protect the immune system, and relieve prostate enlargement. In fact, it turns out açaí is in the same family as saw palmetto, a common herbal treatment for prostate enlargement. And researchers at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro have discovered that açaí extract can be used to fight infection, like the parasitic infection schistosomosis, which affects 10 million Brazilians each year and the common bacterial infection staphylococcus aureus. It seems there’s no end to this miracle fruit’s health benefits.

    Men’s Journal -July 2003 "The Fruit That Packs a Punch" By Tyler Graham

    FRUIT ARE A BIT like pop stars. Remember when pomegranates exploded onto the scene last year? But this summer, there’s a new contender that’s got something to offer that no kumquat or baby banana could ever match: Açaí (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) actually gives you a rush.

    A small, purple palm berry that grows wild in the Amazon, açaí has been hugely popular in Brazil for years, where it’s whipped up by street vendors into a frozen slush and eaten out of big bowls, kind of like Red Bull ice cream. It’s even marketed to the same hip, athletic set as Red Bull — Brazilian skateboarding phenom Bob Burnquist wears gear advertising Sambazon, the importer bringing açaí to U.S. Stores. And the potent fruit is a favorite of Brazilian surfers and jujitsu fighters.

    You won’t see the berry itself at your local grocer; it spoils too easily. Instead, the pulp is mashed, mixed with a tiny amount of the natural caffeine source guarana, and sold frozen. The traditional way to prepare the mix is by blending a 14-ounce package with a ½-cup of apple juice and a banana and topping it off with granola, though health clubs also put it in smoothies. The taste is like a red wine with a hint of chocolate; the buzz, like a less jittery, more filling double latte. "Our customers love it," says Juan Martinez, of Mani’s Bakery, a trendy Los Angeles eatery. "They eat it for breakfast and don’t have to eat again until three in the afternoon."

    It’s not completely clear where the boost comes from. The added guarana per serving contains less caffeine than a cup of decaf.

    The Wall Street Journal -April 18, 2003 Açaí Replaces Wheatgrass In Blenders at Juice Bars By TATIANA BONCOMPAGNI

    Wheatgrass, protein shakes --so 2002. At juice bars and health stores around the country, the hip new taste is açaí, (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) a grape-size, deep-purple berry that grows atop palm trees in the Brazilian jungle. In the two years since it hit the U.S., sales have jumped fivefold to $2.5 million, says Ryan Black, founder of Sambazon, the fruit's main U.S. importer, while at “Juice It Up,” a California chain, açaí drinks and dishes account for 10% of sales. "People drive out of their way to get it," says Brandon Gough, the company's vice president of marketing.

    Fans say the fruit (which comes to the U.S. as frozen pulp) not only tastes good, but also is good for you --packed with anthocyanins, the same antioxidants that give red wine its health benefits. And, in a hat trick of health-bar chic, it's good for the Amazon, too, because it's collected by local families who can earn as much as $1,000 during the December-to-August harvest season (twice as much as they can usually make). "It gives them income and another land use besides cutting down the trees and raising cattle," says Chris Kilham, who teaches ethnobotany at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

    Washington Post Wednesday, August 11, 2004; Page F03

    For those put off by juiced wheatgrass and bored with low-carb bars, there is acai. Acai (ah-sigh-EE), the purplish fruit of the palmberry plant, purportedly contains more antioxidants than red wine and has a beguiling berry-like flavor with intense chocolate overtones.

    Oprah Show

    The Acai berry was discussed on the Oprah Winfrey show as the #1 super food for anti-aging. The featured guest was Dr. Nicholas Perricone, author of the #1 New York Times best seller, The Perricone Promise. He said: “It may seem odd to start this list of super foods with one you’ve likely never even heard of, but studies have shown that this little berry is one of the most nutritious and powerful foods in the world.”

    As you can see, the Acai berry has received great praise for its many health benefits. Here are some additional medical findings on the Acai fruit:

    Acaí berries contain very high amounts of essential fatty acids & omegas proven to lower LDL & HDL cholesterol levels. They are also a remarkable concentration of antioxidants to help combat premature aging. Acaí Berry is a dense source of a particular class of flavonoids called anthocyanins. The ORAC value (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity - The standard measurement for levels of antioxidant protection) of the Acaí Berry is higher than any other edible berry in the world! Acaí Berry is also an excellent source of dietary fiber.

    Medical research studies conducted on the Acaí berries indicate:

  • An amazingly high concentration of levels of antioxidants which combat premature aging. .
  •  Acaí Berries are 10 to 30 times the anthocyanins (these are the purple colored antioxidants) in red wine per volume. Although the French have a high fat diet, they have a low incidence of cardio vascular disease compared to the western countries. They attribute this factor to their consumption of anthocyanins in red wine. .
  • Acaí Berries can help promote a healthier cardio vascular system and digestive tract, because of its synergy of monounsaturated fats (these are the healthy fats), dietary fiber and phytosterols. .
  • An excellent source of fiber! Fiber promotes a healthy digestive system. Research studies suggest soluble fibers may help lower blood cholesterol, and the insoluble fiber may help to reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancers. .
  • Acaí is extremely rich in organic vegetable protein, which does not generate cholesterol during its digestion and is processed and transported to your muscles more easily than animal protein (such as in milk or meat). .
  • Acai berries contain a great essential amino acid complex. Essential amino acid complex along with trace minerals is vital for endurance, strength, sustained energy, and muscle development. .
  • Acaí Berries contain plant sterols including beta-sitosterol. Today, sterols are being used to treat associated benign prostate dyperplasia. These plant sterols have also been shown to help control cholesterol as well as act as precursors to many important substances produced by the body. .
  • Omega Fatty Acids: (Omega 9, Omega 6, and Omega 3). These mono-saturated essential fatty acids help lower LDL (harmful cholesterol) while maintaining HDL (beneficial cholesterol). This unique ratio resembles the same combination as olive oil. Studies suggest this is a contributing factor to the low incidence of heart disease in Mediterranean populations. .
  • Omega fatty acids combat heart disease by increasing healthy cell development. Omega fatty acids are essential for healthy nervous system development and regeneration. They help rapidly repair and rejuvenate muscles after intense exercise. .
  • The natural Vitamin E in the Acai berry works to protect against aging. . Photosterols: These complex compounds of plant cell membranes are used to treat symptoms associated with BPH (benign prostate hyperplasia).
  • Photosterols also help promote a healthy cardiovascular system and contributes to a healthy digestive tract.
  • “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human body, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease. “ -Thomas Edison

    Acai Products

    There are currently a few companies producing juices and drinks with Acai. They are mostly sold in small quantities in some health food stores or high-end spas. The demand for this fruit is growing as quickly as the health benefits are being disseminated through the media. Everyone can benefit from acai berries, particularly with recent health trends in the US and around the world.

    Major degenerative diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes are on the rise. Despite some major medical advances in the past decade, the average life expectancy in the US is actually declining for the first time in history! People are also getting fatter and increasingly malnourished. Obesity has become an epidemic all its own. The fast food industry offers you little more than "doses" of high fat, super sized meals and all-you-can-eat buffets containing more empty calories than your body could possibly digest. The average American has stretched their stomach to 2 or 3 times its normal size and now has to eat more to feel full. These processed foods cause your body's nutritional system to become clogged, confused, and locked into fat storing mode. Plus, when your body lacks nutrition, you crave more food.

    The new trend is toward disease prevention and whole food nutrition. This fruit will help fight many life- threatening diseases and enable people to take a proactive approach to their health and well being. One product stands out above all others for health benefits and an exceptional quality and blend: Fruta VidaTM

     Introducing Fruta VidaTM Fruit of Life from the Brazilian Rainforest

    Fruta VidaTM is proud to introduce the taste of the Amazon Rainforest. A nutritious blend of the Amazon Rainforest! Açai combined with Cupuaçu and Yerba Mate will treat consumers to energy and a veritable feast of antioxidants, anthocyanins and essential Vitamins and nutrients, and at the same time delight your taste buds. This unique and health beverage is essential for a proactive approach to your health and longevity.

    Fruta Vida (pronounced “VEE-dah”) International is a caring company that understands the perils facing the Amazon rainforest. They are a US based company with corporate offices in Austin, TX. Satellite offices are now open in United Kingdom and Mexico. Their product is currently available in 18 countries; bringing the value of the Rainforest to consumers worldwide. They only use ingredients that were produced from socially responsible and ecologically friendly farms, and Fruta Vida gives back a portion of proceeds from each bottle sold to help support the people and preserve the plants of the rainforest. The founders of Fruta Vida are 100% focused on providing absolutely the best product and the means for the distributors to share it with as many people as each distributor can imagine.

    In addition to the amazing Acai berry, Fruta Vida includes two other outstanding products of the rainforest, further adding to the health benefits and making this healthy drink the #1 Acai beverage on the market. The other two primary ingredients of the rainforest are Cupuacu and Yerba Mate. Combined with Acai, it makes for a delicious and highly nutritious beverage.

    Cupuaçu (pronounced “coo-PWAH-soo”)

    When foreigners visit the rainforest, native Amazonians will often offer them Cupuaçu – “The Taste of the Amazon.” he indigenous Indians (known for longevity) have used the fruit as a primary food source for years. This delicious fruit is a potent health resource.

    Cupuaçu is a member of the chocolate family. It contains unique antioxidant phytonutrients called polyphenols. You may be familiar with polyphenols from other common plants. It is the primary health food you would see in green tea and grape seeds. Cupuaçu also contains at least nine other known antioxidants including Vitamin C and Vitamin A, making it a well-rounded antioxidant "cocktail".

    Benefits of consuming Cupuacu Fruit include:

  • Increased ability to fight disease and cancer . .
  • Lower cholesterol levels . .
  • Increased libido and stamina . .
  • Protection of the millions of cells in your body . .
  • More youthful and healthier looking skin and hair . .
  • Yerba Mate (pronounced “yur-ba mah-TAY”)

    South America’s “Beverage of the Gods.” It is widely held that this tea contains mateine, a chemical cousin of caffeine that has subtly different properties. Though similar to caffeine in its ability to provide energy, it has a milder and safer delivery to the body. Yerba maté is also replete with antioxidants that help the body fight free radicals.

    Unlike Açai and Cupuaçu, which are fruits, Yerba Mate' is in the evergreen family and the leaves and stems of the tree are used to produce a tea. In fact, this tea has been called "The Green Tea of South America" since it is the national drink of Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay.

    Maté is recognized as one of the most healthful natural beverages on earth! Often called "Nature's Most Perfect Beverage" and "The Beverage of the Gods,” South American Indians have been consuming mate' for centuries and today millions of South Americans drink Yerba Mate' as a healthful alternative to coffee. Although it gives the energizing property of caffeine in coffee, it does not result in sleeplessness and nervousness of coffee drinkers!

    Safe, effective energy is not the only benefit of Yerba Mate'. Packed also with powerful antioxidants such as polyphenols, the drink has earned its name "The Green Tea of South America.” And, it has been shown to aid in weight loss!

    Benefits of Yerba Mate’ include:

  • Increased fat burning and weight loss .
  • More energy and vitality .
  • Increased mental awareness and elevated mood .
  • Less unhealthy cravings .
  • Increased ability to fight off disease
  • Final Notes on Fruta Vida

    You can see the many benefits of this product and unique blend of the healthy and nutritious ingredients. Sales totaled 1.5 million in the first 3 months of business (early 2005) and continue to grow. Just 1 to 4 ounces every day can have such amazing benefits. Plus, nearly 8 in 10 people who order this product reorder the product, a true testament to the value of the product. This is because of the beneficial effects on a person’s health and well being. Fruta Vida is the most readily available source of the acai berry juice outside of Brazil.

     Manufacturing Note:

    Fruta Vida manufactures their product in a FDA-inspected manufacturing facility that operates under strict Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). And they are proud to say they have earned the highest available certification in America with an "A" Rating. The kosher-approved facilities have been audited and approved by leading independent bodies, as well. From raw material analysis to final product inspection, every production step is carefully monitored and documented, with full accountability and in-process controls. The Technical Services, Analytical, Quality Control and Quality Assurance groups can offer you a level of scientific support unmatched in the industry. In addition to a highly skilled Product Development group, a Scientific Advisory Board is maintained to keep abreast of the latest developments and technical innovations. This multidisciplinary team includes leading research scientists, molecular biologists, physicians, pharmacists, clinical nutritionists, herbalists, food technologists, and sports physiologists.

    Fruta Vida Mission Statement

    We are committed to bringing about professional results in the health and well being of our customers through the products we offer them. At the same time we, are also committed to helping our distributors change their lives by achieving financial independence. As we realize these goals we assure you one thing about Fruta Vida International that will never change is the integrity of the products we sell and the business philosophy that stands behind them.

    Because the Amazon Rainforest is constantly under attack, Fruta VidaTM only uses fruits that are grown in ecologically friendly and socially responsible farms. A percentage of the proceeds from every bottle of Fruta Vida are given back to the people and plants of the rainforest.

    Raw Materials

    The raw materials that are brought together to create this unique blend of Brazilian flavors have been specifically chosen for their quality and the growers' commitment to the environment and the local people. It is well known the horrible things that have happened to the rain forest in past years. Local growers have joined together to protect the lands and the harvest that sustain the region.

    Purchase and Guarantee

    Are you interested in trying this amazing health beverage? Simply visit http://www.tryfrutavida.com/2277881

    Fruta Vida is guaranteed for 30 days to meet all of your expectations. If you feel the product does not meet your expectations, you may return your full or empty bottle of Fruta Vida for a refund.

    Opportunity

    Fruta Vida comes with a business opportunity at no cost, including a free web site for premium customers. They enable you to refer others to Fruta Vida and get paid bonus checks for your efforts. Your participation is optional, but you may find yourself referring others to Fruta Vida after you try it for yourself. The health beverage industry is currently a 4 billion dollar per year market that is expected to grow to over 10 billion dollars in the next 2-3 years. This product is also part of a 250 billion dollar wellness market that is projected for 1 trillion dollars within the next 10 years. As more people look to prevention for health, rather than relying on doctors to diagnose and treat conditions. For more information regarding the business opportunity, visit http://www.frutavida.com/2277881

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