Video: Kyäni Wellness TV: Episode 014–The Power of the Açaí Berry
Hello and welcome to another episode of Kyani Wellness TV my name is Dr. Andreas Boettcher member of the Scientific Advisory Board here at Kyäni, and in this episode, I'd like to share with you six proven scientific benefits of the acai berry. Now, we've got a lot of information that I'm going to be sharing with you over the next few minutes, and I'm going to run through them quickly. And of course I've got my notes here for me to keep me on track and to make sure that I hopefully give you the value the new information that you need to continue maintaining the quality of your health and well-being. Now before we talk about the power of the acai berries, I mean, you see the popularity of this berry exploding everywhere.
In fact, you will see nearly on every street corner here in America, some form of an acai bowl somewhere. And as I go over the information that I'm about to share with you, I do want to caution you a little bit about the popularity and how it's being utilized and most of all how it's being consumed today. Now I'm going to be sharing with you six proven scientific benefits that validate the power of this proven berry, however, I want to caution you in consuming the ever-popular acai bowls and the acai smoothies that you see. and here's my word of caution to you as you consume them and as you think about them, because it's a bit misleading in my opinion and we think that we're actually doing our body a lot of good. However, when you look at the true nutritional content, and I strongly encourage you to wherever you go for your acai bowl or acai smoothie, take a moment to google the actual calorie content and the micronutrient macronutrient breakdown that you will find in these so-called marketed health foods.
And I say "so-called" because when you look at the average sugar content that you find in your average acai bowl it can be anywhere in upwards of fifty to a hundred grams of sugar alone. Now if it's a hundred grams of sugar and there's four calories per gram that's over 400 calories just in sugar. Now I'm not talking about the healthy sugar, because you know that if you watch any a part of Kyani Wellness TV I'm a huge proponent of consuming fruits in their natural state. I'm not afraid of consuming them because they're rich in phytonutrients antioxidants polyphenols, anthocyanins bioflavonoids and rich sources of fiber that had helped counteract the effects of fructose! Not to mention, fructose is metabolized differently in the body; it's metabolized by the liver, so it has actually little impact on your blood sugar levels. Thus making it a safe alternative even for diabetics to be consuming sugar.
In fact, there are studies that show that consuming fruit for diabetics can actually help lower their need for insulin. And of course, check with your doctor. Make sure you're monitoring your blood sugar levels at all times, but I want to just make sure that I give you this little bit of word of caution before you go out and run out to your favorite acai bowl place or acai smoothie, as I share with you these six proven benefits, because in my opinion, it's this sugar content that will kill the nutritional value that you will often find in these superfoods. And again, I'm not afraid of sugar. My personal opinion is that you want to keep your fructose anywhere between 25 maybe 50 grams per day. You want to keep it on the low end and it's so easy today, especially because fructose is hidden in so many products, high fructose corn syrup, making it so easy for today this average person unknowingly to consume in uppers 100 200 grams of or even more of high fructose corn syrup without even knowing it.
It's hidden in condiments, it's hidden in drinks, it's hidden in beverages, it's hidden in sodas, its hidden in so-called performance athletic drinks, and I think you probably know who I'm referring to. So just a word of caution as I share with you these six proven benefits. So let's talk about number one: They are incredibly high in antioxidants. And what are antioxidants? I think in last week's episodes I talked about free radical damage. Free radicals are basically unstable molecules that are missing an electron that gobble up your healthy cells tissue and DNA resulting in premature accelerated aging oxidative stress and damage. They're linked to over 90 plus degenerative diseases everything from autoimmune condition to arthritis, inflammation, to pain to cardiovascular disease, to cognitive decline, Alzheimer's, dementia, Parkinson's, and even cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer today is this unstable unhealthy molecule that accelerates the degenerative process.
Well, your antioxidants are the only means in which your body has to protect itself against these free radicals and what antioxidants do is they donate a healthy electron to this unstable molecule so that it helps to complete the molecule and thus null and void its negative effects and negating the potential of them to causing havoc in the body. We need to be getting our six to ten servings of fruits and vegetables per day, and most of us, if we're honest, are not doing that consistently every single day and these are our only sources of consuming these powerful superfoods. And the concentration of antioxidants in acai is believed to be ten times higher than that in red grapes and estimated to have 10 to 30 times that amount of the anthocyanins that you will often find in red wine. And I know we many of us that are watching us enjoy a good glass of wine and we also tend to drink them thinking that we're doing our body good with the antioxidants and you're not necessarily wrong. I'll do an episode on alcohol at another point in time in the future, but knowing the acai berry has 10 to 30 times that concentration is pretty powerful.
Not to mention, they help slow the process of free radical damage that deteriorate and develop ailments over time. Here's the thing: It helps the body to remain more resilient to the effects of free radicals and they're thus are nearly beneficial for every bodily system including cardiovascular, endocrine, digestive, neurological immune, and so when it comes to anti-aging, good things come in small packages. Unfortunately, acai berries are not something that you typically find in the grocery store. So supplementing becomes very important I'll talk a little bit more about that in just a moment. Alright let's talk about number 2: It also helps to boost skin health. The early signs of degeneration and aging are reflected in our skin. And as my wife Patricia, who's an aesthetician, works with patients all day long and maintaining healthy and beautiful skin, it's the first thing that we show the world.
Well it's also the first sign of free radical damage and deterioration. So many people have used the acai berries to get rid of scars, stretch marks, crow's feet, and dry skin. So making sure that you're consuming plenty of antioxidants helps your body to repair the damage to your skin cells, maintaining healthy collagen, and making sure that you're getting the most out of your nutrition. All right, number three: It helps with cognitive function. It doesn't take long for us to realize that Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, dementia, are on the rise. In fact, we probably all have someone that we know or personally in our family that is suffering from this horrible, unfortunate condition that I think in my opinion is preventable through good, healthy nutrition, healthy exercise, taking care of your brain, and so forth. So we want to talk about cognitive function. Eating foods rich in antioxidants is a way to help improve your focus and your memory. Inflammation and oxidative stress are two major causes of cognitive problems including loss of memory, dementia, and other age-related mental disorders.
In fact, acai pulp fractions seem to have a protective effects of brain cells which have implications for improved cognitive and motor function. Studies have shown that the anthocyanins have been shown to help reduce the negative effects of cognitive impairment and degenerative diseases. Here's why, because it turns off the inflammatory pathways that damage nerve signals in the brain. Acai berries help stimulate mental functions, and help someone think more clearly, and maintain high energy levels, and deal with various effects of psychological stress better. It's known as a powerful adaptogen and look adaptogens help our body to manage stress. And we all have stress in our life. It comes in basic three different forms: there's physical stress, there's emotional stress, and of course there is chemical stress. Acai berries have been shown to have adaptogenic properties that help reduce the effects or help you to manage healthy levels of a stress response.
All right number four: it might, now I caution with this one, help you to control your appetite. Now here's the thing. It has the ability to modulate various hormones that control blood sugar and levels of feelings of hunger, fullness, and satiety. So it can help with ghrelin and leptin, which are two major hormones that determine whether you're hungry or not hungry, and it has the potential to give you a sense of fullness, which may reduce your appetite. It's also been shown to help boost proper digestion and controlling the amount of insulin in your blood, thus curbing cravings. It might be helpful in part of a healthy weight loss program and plan. Alright number five: It helps to stimulate healthy digestion. Acai berries are one of the richest sources of fiber that you can find. They have natural digestive cleansing abilities, helping the liver and the kidneys process and remove waste and toxins from the body, it is very powerful as a liver cleanser and it also helps to prevent the accumulation of harmful substances and undigested matter from staying lodged in the colon where they can cause constipation and other digestive problems. Well, we've got a lot of benefits from this powerful little superfood, yet there are many out there in the internet you can probably google them right now, that are telling you stay away from fruit, don't eat them.
I honestly think that's some of the worst advice that you could possibly give anyone in today's malnourished society. When you think about the average American 80% of their diet is processed chemical-laden food that are nutritionally bankrupt and do nothing for your overall health and well-being. Number six: It helps to protect against heart disease and diabetes. It's considered a strong anti-inflammatory food, it has positive effects on blood lipid levels, and can help protect the heart. Here's the thing, consumption of acai berry helps lower inflammation, which is the root cause of coronary heart disease and hormone-related problems even including potentially type 2 diabetes. Now again I want to be very careful. I'm not claiming to treat or cure anything. We don't treat or cure anything here at Kyäni.
Supplements don't do that. Your body's its own doctor it's the physician within and what we focus on is giving your body the nutrition that it needs at a cellular level so that it help can maximize your health potential. We all have a health potential. It's our job to protect it through our choices in the foods that we eat, in the the supplements that we use, and of course engaging in regular exercise. Here's the thing, acai berries are surprisingly rich in monounsaturated fats like oleic acid, which found in heart-healthy extra-virgin olive oil, which helps the body use omega-3 fish oils to help lower inflammation and make cell membranes. So it's very important and it's a component in what we call the Triangle of Health. We have our Sunrise product, which is rich in acai berry and wild Alaskan blueberry and other powerful super foods and fruits that you are likely not getting, but in combined in conjunction with our fat soluble antioxidant formula, which is Sunset, rich in those omega-3 wild alaskan-sourced salmon that we use for those omega-3 fatty acids in conjunction with the most bioavailable potent form of vitamin E– tocotrienols. They have a synergistic effect and it is the reason behind our Triangle of Health to help give you a scientifically based product that is part of a system to help provide it in one convenient way for you to get some of the most valuable nutrition that your body can use.
In 2011 there was a study done by the Medicus Research Center in California that have investigated the effects of asahi on metabolic syndrome. This is a term that's often used to describe or define various factors in cardiovascular disease and of course type 2 diabetes. After measuring fasting plasma glucose insulin cholesterol triglyceride exhaled nitric oxide metabolites and plasma levels before and after the study, subjects on average experienced improvements in fasting glucose and insulin levels and a reduction in total cholesterol and borderline significant reduction in LDL cholesterol levels, which is the bad cholesterol. So they basically concluded acai might help overweight adults lower their odds of experiencing heart disease and diabetes, although more studies are needed and of course on a much larger scale. So again, I just want to give you more information so that you have the tools that you need to make the best decisions for you and your family.
And of course this is one of the key ingredients, and why we've decided to include this in our powerful Sunrise formula this is rich in the water-soluble antioxidants, polyphenols, bioflavonoids, and of course the adaptogenic properties of many of our other ingredients. I'll be breaking these down over time here on Kyäni Wellness TV, so that you can get a full picture of the power of the Triangle of Health, and in particular, our Sunrise products. So you're either watching this video because maybe someone shared this with you, you're just simply learning more about acai berry. And so one of the things that I want to encourage you or challenge you with, is to bettering your health. In fact, I just did this with our housekeepers and if you watched last week's episode I shared with them Sunrise, they took it for a little while, they ran out, they missed it, they felt like crap, they wanted to consume it again, they bought some more of our products, and they are now feeling much better because of some of the powerful properties here.
So in essence, they've accepted the 90-day challenge and I also challengef my housekeepers to start exercising on a regular basis and it can be as easy as walking out the door 15 minutes and walking back in doing that three to four times the week. Because it takes time to realize some of the benefits and the power of supplementation. They're not the end-all be-all cure-all. You can't out-supplement a poor diet. You will hear me saying that often. If you're having a poor diet you most definitely need to be supplementing, but also even if you are healthy, because our health is our most precious asset and we all produce free radicals, we're all under stress today, and we all are managing inflammation throughout our body and our nutrition is our only arsenal or army to help fight and combat the negative effects of these potent premature aging and degenerative causes to many of what I feel are preventable diseases today. So here's my challenge to you: Take the 90 day challenge of the Triangle of Health.
It's easy to use, easy to consume, provides you the powerful water soluble antioxidants that you need, as well as the rich fat-soluble antioxidants combined with the Power of our Nitro Nutrition, maintaining your cardiovascular health, maintaining a healthy blood pressure response, and making sure that you're delivering the nutrition and getting the most from your nutrition at a cellular level. Combine this with a great fitness program with great nutrition and let's discover what's possible for you. So I look forward to your comments and your suggestions below for any other future episodes that we have here,and until our next episode, best in health. We'll see you again soon..