Acai-berries - a new superfood for 2014 - Women's Health & Fitness

Acai berry

What is it?
“This is from a palm tree known for its cancer-fighting properties and is also one of the most important Amazonian trees that keeps indigenous people financially sustainable on their land,” says Wolfe, author of Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future (davidwolfe.com).

What do you do with it?
Buy the berries fresh or frozen. Add to your dessert, breakfast or take as a supplement.

How much to take? 
One to three teaspoons daily.

Is it super?
“Yes, because this is a cancer-fighting super food destroying up to 86 per cent of leukemia cell types in vitro, assists with weight loss and is a stem cell producer,” Wolfe reveals. “It also has 19 amino acids, is a source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants and has a beautiful flavour,” he adds. A 2006 University of Florida study supports Wolfe’s claims that acai berries hold cancer-fighting properties. The study showed the acai berries triggered a self-destruct response in up to 86 per cent of leukemia cells tested.