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Apr 26, 2010

Research Shows Açai Consumption Supports Healthy Heart in Rats*

Increased antioxidant capacity and the maintenance of healthy cholesterol levels have been associated with maintaining a healthy heart and cardiovascular system. A study that investigated the effects of açai supplementation on cholesterol levels and antioxidant capacity in rats showed that rats consuming açai and a standard diet or a high-cholesterol diet improved markers of antioxidant capacity. Rats that were fed açai and a high-cholesterol diet had significantly less increase in total cholesterol and non-HDL cholesterol than rats fed only a high-cholesterol diet. These results suggest that açai may be beneficial in reducing the risk of heart disease in rats.

Oliveira de Souza M, et al., Diet supplementation with acai (Euterpe oleracea Mart) pulp…, Nutrition (2009), doil:10.1016/j.nut.2009.09.007

* This research is for information purposes only. The benefits shown in this study do not directly translate to humans. More research needs to be done to determine if consuming açai may provide similar benefits to humans.

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