Learn more about Açaí and it's nutritional value and health benefits
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A GUIDE TO AÇAÍ PRODUCTS
Açaí Berry juices are the #1 health topic in the news today and consumers deserve the best product out there. Our review puts Organíque™ as the top pick on the market today! To see why, read our product review below.
Organíque Açaí™ received our top recommendation because it delivers both Açaí with Pomegranate added to the formula. It offers a “double dose” of high-powered antioxidants and nutrient density at the best price per day. To assist you, we have compared both Açaí and Pomegranate products.
Value you receive and price per day
It is essential to compare price per day and not price per product. In liquid formulas, some companies deceive you by offering 32 ounce bottles but do not tell you that you need to take 2 ounces a day (a 16-day supply).
Factors in your buying decision
* Amount of Açaí and/or Pomegranate per daily dose
* Quality of ingredients
* Delivery system
* Synergistic ingredients
* Price per day
Pills vs. Liquid Formulas
Liquid formulas like Organíque™ provide greater absorption and bioavailability than pills or capsules. Pills or capsules have binders or "fillers" and coatings that make them less bioavailable and absorbable. Clinical evidence indicates absorption and bioavailability of pills or capsules is about 15-20%. Liquid formulas on the other hand provide between 80-85%.
AÇAÍ AND/OR POMEGRANATE JUICES vs. PILLS AND CAPSULES
Most of the better known Açaí and Pomegranate products are in liquid form. However, we have provided information on both liquid and pill/capsule forms for your review.
ORAC VALUES (OXYGEN RADICAL ABSORBANCE CAPACITY)
ORAC was developed by the National Institute of Aging in Baltimore, Maryland to assess the antioxidant capacity of certain foods.
ORAC values are reported differently by sellers of commercially available products depending on the unit of measurement used. The ORAC values for Açaí and Pomegranate are:
* per 3.5 oz. serving
** Organíque Açaí™ 5,236
THE SCIENCE BEHIND LIQUID vs. PILL ABSORPTION
In preparing our analysis of liquid vs. pill/capsule formulas, we relied on authoritative scientific studies.
Bioavailability – The definition of bioavailability is that portion of the nutrient that is ingested, absorbed and metabolized in your body’s pathways. For that reason, it is not the quantity of the nutrient present but rather the amount that is bioavailable when you ingest it.
* V.S. Srinivasan, Bioavailability of Nutrients: A Practical Approach to In Vitro Demonstration of the Availability of Nutrients I Multivitamin- Multivitamin-Mineral Combination Products, Journal of Nutrition, 2001;
131:1349S-1350S. See also, M. Makoid, P. Vuchetich, and U. Banakar,
Basic Pharmacokinetics, Chapter 8: 8-2(1999) [can be viewed at http:// Pharmacy.creighton.edu/pha443/pdf/Default.asp]
Science shows that Açaí and Pomegranate pills/capsules are not as easily absorbed as liquid formulas. The general science shows that:
- Absorption prior to reaching digestive enzymes in your intestine is unlikely;
- The compressed nature of pills makes their dissolution more difficult;
- Use of coatings and capsule container substances may interfere with absorption;
- An extra digestive step is required for a solid form to be broken down into liquid in the intestine or stomach;
- The fact that it takes longer to break down a solid form increases the chances that the active Açaí and/or Pomegranate will be neutralized by digestive enzymes.
OTHER FACTORS – FORM OF DOSAGE
The following is the order of the fastest and most bioavailability ranging down to the lowest:
- Solutions (liquids)
- Coated Tablets
- Controlled-release formulations
ABSORPTION IN THE MOUTH
Liquids are in part absorbed by the sublingual mucosa (floor of the mouth) and buccal mucosa (sides and tops of the oral cavity). On the other hand, pills, capsules and powders are unlikely to be absorbed at all until they reach the intestine to be dissolved in digestive enzymes. The buccal mucosa is much thicker than the sublingual mucosa but the absorption through either of them allows the active ingredient(s) to avoid mixing with digestive enzymes.