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Fruits Help Fight Free Radicals

Apr 11, 2011 10:30PM

Why is it that cancer now occurs in one out of three people? That heart disease is at the top of the list? That diabetes is on the rise? These are all considered degenerative diseases. People do not just get cancer, and heart disease does not strike a healthy person. These diseases have been developing over time because of oxidative stress in our bodies.

Oxidative stress simply put is caused by free radicals. Free radicals constantly seek out healthy cells and attack their vulnerable outer membranes, eventually causing cellular degeneration which eventually leads to cancer and other degenerative diseases. Free radicals are the result of the lack of electrons that our bodies need to develop healthy cells. Because of the poor soil our food is grown in, the bombardment of pesticides and herbicides we encounter daily, free radicals are running rampant in our bodies.

The destructive effects of free radicals can be prevented with the addition of antioxidants in our daily diets. Antioxidants have become the standouts of the nutritional world. Antioxidants are important because they effectively combat the toxic environment in which we live. Antioxidants have been found to fight cancer and heart disease, slow the effects of aging and are being used successfully against age related conditions such as memory loss, diminished mental capacity and may even help in slowing the incidences of Alzheimer’s disease.

Research shows that brightly colored fruits naturally produce tremendous amounts of antioxidants and anti inflammatory properties. How can we be sure that our fruits contain the highest amounts of antioxidants? In recent research done by leading doctors and nutritionist, the acai berry from the wilds of the Amazon has been shown to contain the highest levels of antioxidant activity of any common fruits and vegetables. Far higher than grapes, blueberries, cranberries or any of the other fruits we mostly consume. It has shown to have a protein profile similar to an egg; a fatty acid profile similar to olive oil; high fiber, low glycemic index; more than 16 phytonutrients and antioxidants.

Lu Crews has over 40 years of experience in health. For more information about the acai berry and how to purchase it call Lu Crews at 321-784-1031.

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