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Boost your health with the wonder fruit, Acai Berry!

Summer 2014 is upon us and we are already feeling the heat! More than the heat, our energy levels seem to dipping when we are outdoors and that’s never good. Who wants to feel sluggish on a working day or a trip to the mall? No one! So instead of reaching out for sugary and calorific sodas and canned energy drinks, why not discover the super fruit, the Acai Berry? It made it to Oprah Winfrey’s Top 10 Super Foods list on her talk show and Brad Pitt is known to like the super berry too. Image So what is this miracle berry all about? It looks just like other berries, but it is a power packed energy and health booster. The acai tree is a type of palm tree that is native to the Amazon rainforest region in Brazil. It grows over 15 meters in height and produces small, dark purple berries. Brazilian natives discovered the healing properties of the acai berry thousands of years ago, especially its energy boosting powers when consumed regularly.

Brazilians have nicknamed this super fruit the Beauty Berry because it has so many compounds that make the body feel and look better from the inside out. Its combination of antioxidants, amino acids and omega fatty acids also aid in slowing down the aging process by boosting immune and metabolic function and removing destructive free radicals from our bodies. Among the berries’ many antioxidants is one particular one called anthocyanin, which is supposed to be the driving force behind acai’s free-radical and age-fighting powers. It’s common in fruits with rich red and purple colors, like grapes and other berries, but acai has far more than any other food. Experts believe that the acai’s ORAC level (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) is over 3,500 which is hundreds of times higher than your average fruits like apples and bananas.

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The little acai berry packs more grams of protein than an egg, which should make vegetarians very happy. When combined with its host of omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, acai has been shown to improve the look and texture of your hair, skin and nails. It is also known to aid weight loss as its consumption revs up metabolism and improves digestive health. Today, the most common form of acai is the juice, which the Amazon inhabitants make by softening and crushing the ripe berry, skin and all. If you travel to Brazil, you can enjoy a bowl of frozen acai, blended and topped with pieces of banana and granola. Acai is also sold by vendors on the beaches and served like ice cream. But now, we at Natural Mantra, have brought this berry right to your doorstep. If you want to incorporate acai into your daily diet, all you need to do is shop on Natural Mantra and get back your energy levels and improve your overall health!

TOP 5 BENEFITS OF THE ACAI BERRY:

1. BOOSTS ENERGY LEVELS: Due its overall health benefits, consuming acai berries can lead to an increased overall level of energy and stamina, and combats fatigue and exhaustion. Whenever you need a boost, simply eat a handful of berries and you will be ready to go in no time!

2. LOWERS CHOLESTROL: Acai Berries are rich in an antioxidant known as anthocyanins. Antioxidants combat and neutralize destructive free radicals. They are also rich in plant sterols that provide cardio-protective benefits to our cells. It does this by preventing blood clots, improving overall blood circulation, and relaxing the blood vessels.

3. HEALTHIER HAIR AND SKIN: Regular consumption of the berries promotes healthier hair and skin. They contain high levels of zinc which helps in the proper functioning of the enzymes which are required by the body to repair skin wounds and reduce stubborn acne outbreaks, lessen stretch marks, improve dandruff and even eradicate white spots on fingernails. The vitamin A content helps skin to retain its natural moisture which maintains glowing and healthy skin without dry patches, psoriasis and even wrinkling.

4. COMBATS PRE-MATURE AGING: The berries minimize free radicals, combat pre-mature aging and give a boost to the immune system. This is because it’s a great source of vitamins and minerals like selenium and vitamin A and anthocyanins, that all help to fight off disease and rid the body of harmful toxins. Specifically high levels of vitamin A and selenium have been shown to increase white blood cells in the body which are responsible for attacking ‘foreign’ invaders, whilst its anti-oxidant properties help to prevent harmful free radicals from damaging the body by causing premature aging or in the worst case scenario cancer. It also improves metabolism, making you shed the extra pounds naturally.

5. FIBER AND OMEGA FATTY ACIDS: Acai Berry is an excellent source of fiber. Fiber promotes a healthy digestive system. Research studies suggest soluble fibers helps in lowering blood cholesterol. These berries contain multiple Omega Fatty Acids – Omega 9, Omega 6, and Omega 3. These mono-saturated essential fatty acids help lower LDL (harmful cholesterol) while maintaining HDL (beneficial cholesterol). This unique ratio resembles the same combination as olive oil. Studies suggest this is a contributing factor to the low rate of heart disease in Mediterranean regions.

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Eeeks, what on earth is that white, flaky stuff on your head & shoulders?!

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Having dandruff is not just a physical problem that needs to be treated patiently and carefully. It needs to be tackled in a larger sense, taking societal factors into consideration.

The Problems

What is the stigma attached to such a visible affliction? First off, you feel really, really embarrassed about Dandruff. There are so many who suffer from emotional symptoms when they realize that flakes of skin are affecting their social interactions? They try to cover up by –

• Wearing hats all the time to cover up dandruff

• Not wearing black clothes so the white flakes don’t show, even though they know black is a slimming color

• Continuously wiping the white flakes off, sneaking into the bathroom or another room to check their shoulders for any flakes

• Feeling very self-conscious at school, college, work or social occasions, and worried about body image and dandruff at the same time

• Wearing gloves to stop themselves from scratching their hair and making it flake even more, and then making it bleed

• Being worried about what other people might think about their personal hygiene

• Suffering embarrassing or misunderstood intimate moments with partner about how they have tried, but nothing seems to work

• Trying various commercial anti dandruff products in vain – some make it better or worse and most are expensive when you have to continuously have to use them.

What is Dandruff?

There are often two confusing aspects of what people see as white flaky bits, which are medically diagnosed dandruff and dry scalp. Dandruff can only be diagnosed by a doctor. Dry scalp is often treated by hairstylist.

There are a few major differences between dandruff and dry scalp. Dandruff is usually recognized by larger, greasy or waxy flakes or clusters of skin cells which are yellowish or grey. They may come off in your hair brush or stick to your hair or scalp, and are accompanied by itching. Dandruff, unlike dry scalp, is usually associated with a fungal or bacterial infection of the scalp and can be contagious.

If you have dandruff, you should not share brushes, combs, hats, towels, hair clips, or anything else that touches your head, and you should clean and disinfect brushes, etc. after each use. There are different types of dandruff and the type and cause can only be diagnosed by a medical professional.

In general, it takes around 2 weeks for the old skin cells to push their way to the surface of the scalp and replace themselves with new ones. Dandruff is caused when the skin cells flake off faster than the skin can cope with and then cause the skin cells to become inflamed with a fungus, causing them to become white and flaky in appearance.

How do you recognize Dandruff symptoms?

You may have some of these symptoms and are wondering what to do.

• Dry or oily scalp

• Yellowish, grayish, or white flaky skin cells on your clothes or bedding

• Itchy scalp

• Redness on scalp

• Inflammation on the scalp. It’s not always visible, but feels a bit raised up from the normal areas.

Who Can Get Dandruff?

Many people think that dandruff is just an old person’s hair condition. To tell you the truth dandruff affects every age, from toddlers (often called cradle cap) to teenagers to middle-aged adults.

Look out for this space, we shall explore ways of tackling this embarrassing affliction.

Meanwhile, do check out various organic and effective options to tackle this affliction, on http://www.naturalmantra.com. You can order them and get them delivered at your doorstep easily!