Acai Berry

What is Acai?

Açaí is pronounce “Ass-Eye-Ee” and is found in the Pará region of the Amazon estuary, in the northern region of Brazil. It also grows in French Guyana, Panama, Ecuador, and Trinidad. The round, dark purple-to-black berries are harvested to make juice, ice pops, and supplements.

How it acts in the body

  • Protects from harmful toxins
  • Astringent

How It works

Protects from harmful toxins

Açaí may help protect the body from harmful toxins that we may be exposed to through the effects of smoking, pollution, and the sun’s rays. This can also help to prevent ailments such as premature ageing, the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Astringent

This is a chemical compound that tends to shrink or constrict body tissues. If you’re suffering from something like Diarrhoea then this would be useful.

What it works well with

  • Green Tea – Protecting the body from toxins
  • Aloe Vera Juice – To aid in symptoms associated with IBS
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5-HTP

Anecdotal Uses

  • Low Mood and Anxiety
  • Promoting Sleep
  • Slimming

How It Works

Mood and Insomnia

5-HTP creates Serotonin in the body, it is an important substance for normal nerve and brain function.  A Serotonin deficiency can cause many things like depression, anxiety, migraines, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), sleeplessness and other behavioural disorders.

Slimming

5-HTP may help suppress your appetite which could aid weight loss if taken alongside a calorie controlled diet.

Other things 5-HTP work well with

  • Valerian – to aid sleep
  • Lavender Oil – to aid relaxation and mood increase
  • Lemon Balm – to aid in mood increase

Safety

5-HTP is not to be taken alongside any anti-depressant drugs.