Nutrition Questions and Answers
Vital Health Zone is proud to announce Lesa Rusher, who is our resident naturopathic expert and who is available to answer questions about nutrition and health.
Lesa Rusher is a qualified naturopath with a thriving business in Canberra, Australia and has a wealth of experience treating clients on a variety of health issues. Lesa Rusher's full credentials can be found in our experts area.
Lesa Rusher will answer your nutrition-related questions.
Q: Can you give me nutritional information on the acai berry? Can it cause harm?
Do you know anything about mona vie juice and positive or negative information?
A: Acai berry is a berry native to South America and the Amazon in particular. The acai berry is rich in the following nutrients:
- essential fatty acids (these lower inflammation)
- phytosterols (help to lower cholesterol)
- amino acids (required for many essential processes in the body)
- vitamin A (for immunity)
- calcium (for healthy bones and teeth)
- iron (for healthy red blood cells)
- quite high in a few different types of antioxidants
There are a lot of claims made on the acai berry for its antioxidant properties, but the results of the studies performed on this berry have been variable. More studies are required to show its full potential. In saying this, the acai berry would be a good addition to a healthy diet.
Mona Vie juice is made up of 19 different fruit juices, of which acai berry is one of them. The others are: Apricot, Aronia, Acerola, Purple Grape, Passion Fruit, Camu Camu, Banana, Lychee Fruit, Nashi Pear, Kiwi, Pomegranate, Prune, Wolfberry, Pear, Bilberry, Cranberry, Blueberry and White Grape.
Mona Vie juice is probably quite good for you (as long as it doesn't contain too much added sugar), but you really should be getting your nutrients from the whole fruit because you will also get the fibre in the whole fruit, which is not available in the fruit juice. Mona Vie juice will not harm your health if you drink it.
Please note that the information provided is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Consult with your medical physician regarding appropriateness of using supplements in your healing process.
Enjoy better health!