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About Acai Berry

Acai

Keywords: acai, açaí, acai palm tree, Amazonian palm berry, Euterpe oleracea, weight loss

Amazonian palm berry© iStockphoto.com / ricardoazoury

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Introduction

This fact sheet provides basic information about acai (pronounced ah-sigh-EE)—common names, uses, potential side effects, and resources for more information. The acai palm tree, native to tropical Central and South America, produces a reddish-purple berry that is related to the blueberry and cranberry. The acai berry’s name, which comes from a language of the native people of the region, means “fruit that cries.”

Common Names—acai, açaí, Amazonian palm berry

Latin NameEuterpe oleracea

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What Acai Is Used For

  • Acai has become popular in the United States, where it has been promoted as a “superfood.” Acai berry products have been widely marketed for weight-loss and anti-aging purposes, but there is no definitive scientific evidence to support these claims.
  • The acai berry has long been an important food source for indigenous peoples of the Amazon region, who also use acai for a variety of health-related purposes.
  • Acai fruit pulp has been used experimentally as an oral contrast agent for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the gastrointestinal tract.

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How Acai Is Used

Acai berry products are available as juices, powders, tablets, and capsules.

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What the Science Says

  • There is no definitive scientific evidence based on studies in humans to support the use of acai berry for any health-related purpose.
  • No independent studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals that substantiate claims that acai supplements alone promote rapid weight loss. Researchers who investigated the safety profile of an acai-fortified juice in animals observed that there were no body weight changes in rats given the juice compared with controls.
  • Laboratory studies have focused on acai berry’s potential antioxidant properties (antioxidants are substances that are thought to protect cells from damaging effects of chemical reactions with oxygen). Laboratory studies also have shown that acai berries demonstrate anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory activity.

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Side Effects and Cautions

  • There is little reliable information about the safety of acai as a supplement. It is widely consumed as an edible fruit or as a juice.
  • People who are allergic to acai or to plants in the Arecaceae (palm) family should not consume acai.
  • Consuming acai might affect MRI test results. If you use acai products and are scheduled for an MRI, check with your health care provider.
  • Tell all your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care. For tips about talking with your health care providers about CAM, see NCCAM’s Time to Talk campaign.

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Sources

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For More Information

NCCAM Clearinghouse

The NCCAM Clearinghouse provides information on CAM and NCCAM, including publications and searches of Federal databases of scientific and medical literature. The Clearinghouse does not provide medical advice, treatment recommendations, or referrals to practitioners.

Toll-free in the U.S.: 1-888-644-6226
TTY (for deaf and hard-of-hearing callers): 1-866-464-3615
Web site: nccam.nih.gov
E-mail: info@nccam.nih.gov

PubMed®

A service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), PubMed® contains publication information and (in most cases) brief summaries of articles from scientific and medical journals.

Web site: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements

Web site: ods.od.nih.gov

NIH National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus

Acai Listing: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/1109.html

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This publication is not copyrighted and is in the public domain. Duplication is encouraged.

NCCAM has provided this material for your information. It is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your primary health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with your health care provider. The mention of any product, service, or therapy is not an endorsement by NCCAM.

NCCAM Publication No. D460
Created April 2011

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Common Limiting Beliefs

We all get into self-deprecating and limiting beliefs about ourselves sometimes, but if we can change how we look at things and focus on the positive in our lives…. we can drastically improve our overall health in mind-body-and-spirit.

Here are some typical limiting beliefs that are amazingly common;

“No pain – no gain.”
“I need to have lots of money to be happy.”
“I can’t trust anybody.”
“You can’t get over a bad start in life.”
“I am too old to learn to use a computer.”
“I never get what I am after.”
“Other people are better than me.”
“I do not deserve to be successful.”
“I have reached my limits.”
“I need to work very hard to have enough money to live.”
“Success takes a very long time.”

These and similar beliefs are only true if you act as if they are. Suppose they are mistaken? what difference would that make?

In the process of achieving your goals, sometimes just being able to articulate any existing limiting beliefs and in turn noticing their effect is enough to alter or dissolve your old unwanted belief and therefore change and update your own reality.

 

Take a minute to think about and then do something positive for yourself everyday.

Grapefruit Essential Oil Facts and Uses – always a favorite!

I love that grapefruit is wonderful for mind, body and spirit…

Grapefruit essential oil is one of my faves, and for good reason, not only is it a sunshiny, happy scent- it is great for a multitude of purposes, from aiding in weight loss to heart and emotional problems– grapefruit is perfect for aiding in ‘letting go’ and the ‘release’ of whatever ails you.

Most citrus essential oils are cold pressed and have a fresh, sweet, and bright scent.

Some traditional uses:

  • release
  • as it is slightly euphoric; it lifts melancholy
  • relieves muscle fatigue,
  • as an astringent for oily skin,
  • refreshes and energizes the body,
  • stimulates detoxification, (also great for anti-cellulite blends!)
  • can also be used as an airborne disinfectant

Emotional profile:

  • for use with self-doubt, feelings of worthlessness,
  • aid in dealing with criticism,
  • aids in release from dependency, frustration and grief

Blends very well with:

  • tangerine
  • neroli,
  • lemon,
  • palmarosa,
  • bergamot,
  • rosemary,
  • cardamon,
  • geranium,
  • lavender
  • cypress

READ my article on Yahoo! all about grapefruit with: grapefruit facts, grapefruit recipes,  about and benefits of grapefruit essential oil, grapefruit color codes for html, grapefruit cake and frosting recipes, and much more grapefruit!

Aura Cacia describes grapefruit’s history best:

The origin of the grapefruit poses a bit of a botanical mystery. Its appearance and flavor indicate that it’s a hybrid between a large, sour citrus fruit called the shaddock (Citrus maxima) and the sweet orange (Citrus sinensis). No records of any deliberate hybridization between the two plants have been found. Grapefruits share characteristics of both fruits: in a ripe grapefruit the tart flesh of the shaddock is tempered with the juicy sweetness of the orange. Surveys of citrus populations in the Old World and Asia haven’t been able to confirm the presence of any native-growing grapefruit trees. Similar searches in the West Indies, however, have uncovered many populations of apparently naturally growing grapefruit. It’s a puzzling question whether the grapefruit was deliberately bred or emerged as a spontaneous hybrid in some old Caribbean citrus grove.

The modern American grapefruit growing industry developed in Florida in the mid-1800s. Many of the early varieties of fruit resemble their wild-growing cousins in that they’re smaller and contain many seeds. More recent hybrids are bred for appearance and size. The shelf-appeal and seedlessness of varieties developed for the fresh fruit market have been bred at the expense of flavor. Because the older varieties are often superior in taste and juiciness, they are used to make grapefruit juice. The extraction of the essential oil is a by-product of the juicing process.

The grapefruit’s essential oil glands are deeply imbedded in the flavedo, the outer peel of the fruit. The thick, spongy white layer of the peel is known as the albedo. The albedo will absorb and decrease the yield of essential oil if the two layers aren’t carefully separated before extraction. This separation is done by machines that roll and scrape the flavedo away from the fruit before it goes on to be juiced. The abraded flavedo forms a wet, pulpy mass that’s put in a centrifuge, where the oil is separated from the solids. The solids can then be pressed for additional oil. The extracted oil is filtered and bottled.

Using this method of extraction, a ton of fresh fruit will produce 1.5 pounds of essential oil. A much more substantial yield of 25 pounds of essential oil could be obtained if the peels were chopped and steam distilled, but steam distillation destroys the delicate, sweet-smelling constituents of the fresh peel. The quality of this oil would be unsuitable, especially for aromatherapy purposes.

Aura Cacia: https://www.auracacia.com/auracacia/aclearn/eo_grapefruit.html

Capillary Gas Chromatography and Carbon-13 NMR Spectroscopy

.38% alpha-Pinene .42% Sabinene .02% beta-Pinene 1.37% Myrcene .02% para-Cymene 83.40% Limonene .01% gamma-Terpinene .62% Octanal .07% Nonanal .40% Decanal .02% Dodecanal .04% alpha-Terpineol .09% Citronellal .04% Neral .06% Geranial .06% Carvone .24% beta-Caryophyllene .10% Nootkatone .01% (Z)-3-Hexenol .09% 1-Octanol .01% (E)-2-Hexenal .01% Ethyl butyrate.01% Valencene

Some Places Where You Can Buy Grapefruit Essential Oil

whether you like white grapefruit, pink grapefruit, from overseas, or right here in Florida, you can find grapefruit essential oil quite easily.

 The Glory of Grapefruit essential oil, and grapefruit recipes,

Yahoo Contributor Content closed, full article below:
There’s nothing like the divine scent or taste of the tangy sweetness of a juicy grapefruit. Grapefruit essential oil is one of my faves, and for good reason–not only is it a sunshiny, happy scent, it is great for a multitude of purposes; from aiding in weight loss, to heart and emotional problems. Grapefruit is perfect for aiding in ‘letting go’ and the ‘release’ of whatever ails you.

Of the many claims that have been made concerning grapefruit, some mention that grapefruit can affect everything from aiding weight loss- boosting immunity and lifting spirits–to fighting cancer and even heart issues. Just be aware that Harvard online said that grapefruit can interact with many medications; (see this table which lists some of the most important along with related drugs that are less likely to be influenced).

Though they may vary in color, they don’t much stray too far in their properties:

  • Ruby Red Grapefruit- deep red, deepest fruity aroma,
  • White Grapefruit – yellow in color and crisp citrus aroma,
  • Rose Grapefruit – pink/orange color and both crisp and fruity.

Grapefruit also happens to be one of my f avorite essential oil scents of the citrus oils . Not that I don’t adore the many other citrus scents like; tangerine, lemon, orange, yuzu, mandarin, kumquat, key lime…I could go on all day. I just love all citrus, and grapefruit is so bright/snappy/happy– I couldn’t imagine life without it.
About grapefruit essential oil- Aura Cacia:

The extraction of the essential oil is a by-product of the juicing process.

The grapefruit’s essential oil glands are deeply imbedded in the flavedo, the outer peel of the fruit. The thick, spongy white layer of the peel is known as the albedo. The albedo will absorb and decrease the yield of essential oil if the two layers aren’t carefully separated before extraction. This separation is done by machines that roll and scrape the flavedo away from the fruit before it goes on to be juiced. The abraded flavedo forms a wet, pulpy mass that’s put in a centrifuge, where the oil is separated from the solids. The solids can then be pressed for additional oil. The extracted oil is filtered and bottled.

Using this method of extraction, a ton of fresh fruit will produce 1.5 pounds of essential oil. A much more substantial yield of 25 pounds of essential oil could be obtained if the peels were chopped and steam distilled, but steam distillation destroys the delicate, sweet-smelling constituents of the fresh peel. The quality of this oil would be unsuitable, especially for aromatherapy purposes.

Travel with smiles:

Grapefruit essential oil is the perfect pick-me-up, especially when blended with tangerine, and is an instant mood enhancer. This could reduce accidents, and even help with road rage. Try a blend of 5 drops grapefruit essential oil, and 5 drops of tangerine essential oil in a car diffuser or 20 drops each (grapefruit and tangerine essential oil) in a 4 oz spray bottle , then fill with purified or distilled water, shake and spray….sunshine smiles in a bottle.

Speaking of sunshine smiles, what else makes you smile? Did you say cupcakes? I hadn’t had a cupcake in forever, and I’m sure that it probably would have been better to just eat the grapefruit , but I couldn’t help myself, so grapefruit cupcakes it had to be.

Of course I had to tweak the recipes, I can never just make anything exactly as written. LOL. So I decided to combine three different recipes into one: Orange Chiffon Cake, Golden Cupcakes, and then threw in a little of the Golden Layer Cake recipe, and topped it off with buttercream frosting – and of course added grapefruit juice and zest. Oh yeah. Cupcakes with a twang.

Grapefruit Cupcakes with Buttercream Grapefruit Frosting

CAKE INGREDIENTS:

10 TBL (1 stick + 1/4 stick) unsalted butter softened
2 cups (about 9 oz) cake or all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar (most recipes called for only white sugar, but I had to sub. a little brown sugar!)
4 eggs
1 TBL grated grapefruit zest
1 cup sour cream
3 TBL grapefruit juice (fresh squeezed)
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

Set oven to 350 degrees. Put muffin/cupcake papers to fill two cupcake/muffin tins. Cream butter, 3 – 4 min. Gradually add sugars, and cream together until light. Beat in eggs one at a time, add zest, juice, sour cream. Sift together salt, soda and flour, and stir into batter until smooth. Use an ice-cream scoop to place batter into papers. Bake for 20 min. Cool. Then frost with buttercream grapefruit frosting.

Buttercream Grapefruit Frosting
1 stick unsalted butter (8 TBL) softened
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2-3 TBL. fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1 TBL grapefruit zest
Cream butter, add remainder of ingredients and beat well. Adjust with confectioners’ sugar if too thin, or more grapefruit juice if it’s too thick. Frost cupcakes after cooling.

Want to know how to make Candied Grapefruit Peel: for the top? Click here. .

Enjoy!

MORE GRAPEFRUIT!

And in case you’re looking for grapefruit color palette html codes try here, or here.

Or if you’d like to paint your room grapefruit try one of these Sherwin Williams colors.

Had enough of grapefruit yet? If not…see my blog post here.
See resources for more information on the glory of grapefruit.
RESOURCES & More Reading:

Harvard.edu/grapefruit and medications

my blog post about grapefruit; https://yellowstaressentials.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/grapefruit-essential-oil/

Aura Cacia

Grapefruit search on Yahoo Voices

Grapefruit Benefits

Grapefruit Essential Oil ~ Aura Cacia

Grapefruit Essential Oil Facts & Uses

Search for grapefruit on YellowstarEssentials WordPress blog

Grapefruit color codes for html

Candied Grapefruit peel recipe (and triple grapefruit cupcake recipe with pics)



Easy DIY Beauty and Bath Recipes

essential oils

If you love DIY projects, and knowing exactly what you are using on/in your body and home….

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Easy DIY Natural Handmade Soap Recipe Without Using Lye or Caustic Soda

If you love DIY handmade gifts, or just enjoy using natural products that you’ve made yourself, then this project is for you. Here is a wonderful and fun recipe to play with that makes the best natural handmade soap you’ll find without having to deal with the dangers of lye or caustic soda.

See my article on Yahoo! Network Contributor/ Yahoo!Voices

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