A recent University of Florida study has demonstrated the cancer fighting benefits of an extract from the acai berry. This extract has proven effective on cancer cells which have been unaffected by other therapies. This is only the first of many planned studies on the effects of acai berries on cancer.
When testing leukemia cells with the extract from this berry, a staggering 86% of the cells self-destructed. Although the benefits of acai berries were already known as a great source of antioxidants, this has been an astounding discovery. An assistant professor at University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Services has confirmed that 86% in not an exaggeration.
Other fruits may also contain antioxidants which can kill leukemia cells, but all of the research done to date is only preliminary, as there are other things which need to be taken into account. The figures yielded by this first study however show great promise.
In Australia, the acai berry has swiftly grown in popularity, as have diets rich in this fruit, noni, goji and mangosteen. One sees a lot of promotions for juices and other products made from such fruits. These fruits, not coincidentally have also been shown to be high in antioxidant content.
A study in Brisbane, Australia in March of 2008 has focused on the differences between the juice type antioxidants and the olive leaves antioxidants. While the results found in the olive leaf has very promising results when it comes to containing antioxidants, the studies with the acai berry are far more conclusive.
The most exciting of these studies on fruits are those which have focused on their effects on various forms of cancers, particularly leukemia. Researchers both in the U.S. and in Australia have been working towards a cure for some time for this lethal cancer which is the largest killer of those aged under 20 in the world.
So far, all of the research is still preliminary and there is much more to be learned about the anti cancer properties of these fruits. The acai berry, for example, contains nearly 75 chemical compounds and the exact properties of many of these are as yet unknown. The acai berry is a difficult fruit to study due to its extremely short shelf life.
Roughly the same size as a blueberry, the acai berry ripens to a dark purple and contains a seed. These berries if not used or frozen quickly after picking begin to decompose. The Acai berry is from the Amazon basin, so freezing or using it immediately is not always an easy thing to accomplish.
The most accessible option for importing into Australia is the acai powder which results from the pulp being dehydrated and freeze-dried. The resulting powder is easier and cheaper to export and can be used to make pure acai supplements that have all the nutritional benefits of the original fruit. Moreover, the freeze-dried powder has all the health-giving properties of the berry itself.
The research is still very much in its infancy, but the hope is that someday leukemia will meet its match in the form of a cure. Leukemia is a disease which strikes more children than adults - and this is spurring the world to search especially hard for a cure to this form of cancer.
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author: Marcus C. Evans is an expert on the medicinal features of the high performing Super-Fruit. Visit the "AmazonPower" website for more information on the health advantages of the Acai Berry hidden in the heart of the Amazon Jungle.