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Mona Vie

One of the best sources of good nutrition on the planet, Mona Vie is a whole food, not a supplement. The prime ingredient, the Acai Berry is one of the world’s “super foods.” Just 2 oz. twice each day gives you the nutritional equivalent of 13 – yes 13 – servings of fruits and vegetables – for about the cost of a latte.

Why is the Acai berry so valuable?
Because of it’s anti-oxidant content. Anti-oxidants, which are only available to us by consuming plants, are what allow us to combat the potential damage of free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals are very unstable molecules. They are a normal by-product of cellular metabolism. We are naturally able to neutralize and eliminate a certain amount of these molecules before they become too abundant and damage our cells. However, exposure to environmental pollutants, cigarette smoke, pesticides, poor nutrition, inadequate sleep, and stress, have been shown to exponentially increase the levels of free radicals in our bodies. Unless these are neutralized and eliminated, they can lead to a host of problems, including most chronic diseases — and can expedite the aging process.

The foods most known for their anti-oxidant properties are foods such as blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, etc. As a general rule of thumb, the darker the color of fruits and vegetables, the more potent they are. The ORAC scale (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) is the scale used to measure the anti-oxidant capability of a given food. Those fruits noted above measure in the mid-90 range. The Acai berry measures 1027 on the ORAC scale!!!

This gem is grown in the Amazon, the Brazilian Rain Forest, on the same palm trees previously known for production of the salad garnish “Hearts of Palm”. These trees were routinely being destroyed for the 12 inch section that gave us the hearts of palm – which in essence was destroying the rain forest. However, with the value of the Acai berry being discovered, the trees are now protected so that this renewable resource can be harvested regularly. The value of the Acai is helping to preserve the rain forest which is responsible for providing 20% of the world’s oxygen.

It’s for all of these reasons that I use and am an ardent fan of Mona Vie. What makes it different?

There are several things. First, Acai is the primary ingredient in Mona Vie. And though the exact amount of Acai used in the blend is proprietary information, it is the first ingredient on the label. The entire berry, skin, pulp and seeds are used in this blend. It is not “juiced”. Many, though not all, other brands use the juice. Many have water as the first ingredient, and some even use Xanthum gum to thicken their product.

There are some competitors that do list Acai as the first ingredient. There are 3 “grades” of Acai that have been identified. Mona Vie however, is the largest consumer of Acai in the world. Mona Vie keeps the prime grade of berries for their blend, and sells the lesser 2 grades to other companies.

Finally, any plant food source has its greatest nutrition when allowed to ripen on the tree. Mona Vie’s Acai is picked only when fully ripe, so it is at its peak in terms of nutritional value. And as with any plant food, once picked, Acai begins to degrade. Mona Vie flash freeze dries their Acai on-site within 12 – 24 hours of being picked – thereby retaining nearly 100% of the fruit’s nutritional value. Once transported and mixed with the other 18 fruits in the blend, it is then flash pasteurized to avoid the high temperatures that futher deplete the nutrients. Mona Vie holds a patent on the processing of their Acai so no one else can legally do what they do.
The best way to know for sure is to try it. I did and feel it’s one of the best investments I can make in my and my family’s health. Try giving yourself a 90 day experiment. You will see the difference.
I welcome your comments and questions.

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