The Legend of the Acai Berry Diet
All about the intriguing Acai Berry
Health experts have been claiming over recent years that, used in conjunction with a healthy diet and a proper exercise regime, Acai (Pronounced ass-eye-ee) Berry supplements can provide a wide range of health benefits and assist in a weight loss program too but this is no news to the indigenous ‘Caboclo’ population of the Brazilian Amazon who have been eating the berries for centuries and, for some of whom, the Acai Berry makes up to 42% of their total diet.
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The Legend Goes:
According to a rather sad Amazonian legend, during a period of food shortages a tribal chief decreed that, to reduce the population and make what little food there was go further, all new born babies were to be killed at birth.
Shortly after making the harsh decree, the chiefs own daughter, Iaca, bore her own baby and the heartbroken chief was forced to abide by his own rules.
Iaca was inconsolable and mourned the death of her baby for days-on-end until she heard, in the far distance, the faint cry of her child and so set off into the forest to find it.
When she finally located the source of the sound, deep in the forest, Iaca discovered a palm tree heavily laden with small purple berries but no child, so filled with grief and despair; she lay down by the tree and died.
After some time, the chief and his tribe found Iaca’s body lying under the tree and also discovered the fruit. When they eat the fruit, the tribe found that it satisfied their hunger and filled them with new energy and vitality and from that day forth, they would no longer go hungry.
It is said that to honour the name of his lost daughter, the chief named the fruit of the palm tree that they had discovered ‘Acai’ being his daughters name; Iaca, spelt in reverse.
Fortunately for us, we don’t have to visit the Amazon to be able to enjoy the benefits of an Acai Berry Diet as supplements are now available in many different forms including juice drinks, tea, powder and tablets.
An Acai Berry diet supplement contains a whole range of nutritional benefits and antioxidants including; Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E, essential fatty acids Omega 3, 6 and 9 and Amino Acids which help with the maintenance, repair and growth of cells. Acai Berries also include the essential minerals; zinc calcium, copper, potassium and magnesium; a combination of ingredients that are said to work together to improve the digestion, increase the metabolism and reduce appetite as well as providing a host of other health benefits as well.
Acai Berry diet supplements are now widely available from health stores and web sites but be aware that there have been reports of some on-line scams involving unscrupulous sellers of Acai Berry products so we recommend that you only buy from recognised and reputable sources.