Dr. Chauncey W. Crandall, author of Dr. Crandall’s Heart Health Report newsletter, is chief of the Cardiac Transplant Program at the world-renowned Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He practices interventional, vascular, and transplant cardiology. Dr. Crandall received his post-graduate training at Yale University School of Medicine, where he also completed three years of research in the Cardiovascular Surgery Division. Dr. Crandall regularly lectures nationally and internationally on preventive cardiology, cardiology healthcare of the elderly, healing, interventional cardiology, and heart transplants. Known as the “Christian physician,” Dr. Crandall has been heralded for his values and message of hope to all his heart patients.

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Are Acai Berries the Miracle Fruit?

Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 10:15 AM


Question: How seriously should I take new health foods such as acai berries and pomegranate juice? Are these super “antioxidant” foods as helpful as some claim?

Dr. Crandall's Answer:

Acai berries and pomegranates are great sources of antioxidants. But so are blueberries and blackberries and other familiar fruits and vegetables.

Antioxidants protect the body from the harmful molecules called “free radicals.” Free radicals may play a role in the development of coronary artery disease. A diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables — ones with which everyone is familiar — will supply all the antioxidants anyone needs.

Although acai berries and other exotic fruits may contain more antioxidants than more common berries and fruits, they are in no way so superior as to justify the prices charged for them. Just eat a small bowl of blueberries every day and you’ll be set on your antioxidants






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