By Mary N. DiZazzo

The Acai Berry -have you tried it?

Ciao bella,

It seems some of us are willing to try anything to shed a few pounds. Well the Acai Berry (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) claimed such a case.

I have to be truthful here—I sent away by computer for a bottle and found it did suppress appetite. But the company wanted me to sign up for a “lifetime” supply with an automatic scheduled delivery and charge to your credit card whether you needed it or not! Beware of the automatic delivery!

So when I went to cancel—that was it! You either signed up forever or for get about it! They were evasive on sending just a single order! So I decided to write about this new and yet not so new harvest of miracle wonders.

The “Fruit That Cries” is a deep purple and can be found growing on certain palm trees in the Amazon rainforests of Brazil. You cannot find fresh Acai Berries outside the Amazon but in other nutritious forms as in dietary supplement capsules, juice, tea, powder and frozen purees. Just a visit to Whole Foods or your fav Earthfood store and you can be turned into an Acai Berry fan easily! It has been known to improve energy levels, sleep functions, skin appearance, circulation, eliminating toxins and of course weight loss. Because the Acai Berry is so rich in protein and glucosamine it can also reduce pain for arthritis sufferers. Also known for it's delicious blueberry/chocolate flavor it has 10 times the amount of antioxidants of red grapes!

The oil derived from the Acai Berry contains many beneficial vitamins including Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids. The oil is also used in age renewal creams, cleansers and face masks, body washes and hair care lines.

Fresh Acai berries/juice are not as potent as supplements which have longer shelf life.

In Brazil, a dish called Acai Bowls Rio Style, or acai ne tigela, is a fav treat and is made using a combo of frozen acai, granola, guarana syrup, and bananas.

Guess it’s time to hit Rio again or a short walk to the store!

Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America!

--Mary DiZazzo-Trumbull

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