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The Antioxidant Effects of Acai vs. Apples

August 26, 2019

[Music] there are so many aside products on the market now from frozen pulp and smoothie packs to freeze-dried powder and supplements how is it eaten traditionally Amazonian tribes cut down the tree eat its heart and then pee on the stump to attract a certain type of beetle that lays these monster maggots in so a few weeks later you’ve got three or four pounds of these suckers so you can make some grub kabobs I think I’ll just stick with my smoothie pack despite being used for a long time as food in the Amazon only since the beginning of this century have acai berries been the object of scientific research four years ago I reviewed that research starting with in vitro studies that showed that ass I could kill leukemia cells in a petri dish at levels one might expect in one’s bloodstream eating a cup or two of a side pulp or cutting the growth of colon cancer cells in half unfortunately subsequent studies published since then failed to find such benefit for that type of colon cancer a different type of colon cancer or an estrogen receptor negative form of breast cancer an acai extract did appear to kill off a line of estrogen receptor positive breast cancer cells but to achieve that level of assigned nutrients in your breast you’d have to sit down to like 400 cups of a cyi pulp that’s the problem with many of these petri dish studies they use concentrations that you could never realistically achieve in your bloodstream for example acai berries may exert a neuro protective effect blocking the build-up of amyloid fibers implicated in Alzheimer’s but only at a dose reached drinking maybe 2,000 cups at a time or have an anti-allergy effect or decreased bone loss at a mere thousand cups a day but I also talked about a clinical study and which folks were asked to drink less than a cup of day of a sigh in a smoothie and appeared to get significant improvements in blood sugar and insulin levels and cholesterol now there was no control group and it was a small study but there never been a bigger study to try to replicate it until now same amount of a site for the same duration but no significant improvements in blood sugars insulin or cholesterol huh why did this study fail to show the benefits seen in the first study well this study was publicly funded no conflicts of interest whereas the first study was funded by an acai company which always makes you suspect that maybe the study was somehow designed to get the desired result and indeed the study participants were not just given us ie smoothies but explicitly told to avoid processed meat like bacon and hotdogs no wonder their numbers looked better at the end of the month now the new study did find a decrease in markers of oxidative stress in the participants bloodstream a sign of how antioxidant-rich acai berries can be those that Hawk supplements love to talk about how a side consumption can triple antioxidant capacity triple the antioxidant capacity of your blood and if you look at the study they cite yes there was a tripling in antioxidant capacity of the blood after eating acai but there was the same or even better tripling after just plain applesauce which was used as a control and is significantly cheaper than acai berries or supplements there was a new study showing significant improvements in artery function after eating acai berries but any more than commoner fruits and vegetables we’ll find out next you [Music] you


  • Reply Vegan For The Animals Ⓥ July 12, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    First ! 😉

  • Reply Matthew Cheuk July 12, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    That cliffhanger tho….

  • Reply Mayur Kedare July 12, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Miss this… UNTIL NOW

  • Reply Coras July 12, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Quality stuff.

  • Reply Lichtblick July 12, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    That's why i stick with apples! Whole Apples!

  • Reply Astral Purpose July 12, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Acai and apples. Both taste great! Apples are way cheaper though. Those zambazon acai drinks are really tasty, especially when they're on sell lol. I grab them sometimes when I'm on the go.

  • Reply Bumble Bee July 12, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    You need to brand a t-shirt that says 'Until Now….'

  • Reply Level Up Vegan July 12, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    I'm feeling the vibe of a new style of video… Keep it going Mike!

  • Reply Andrea Wisner July 12, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Mmmmm, grubs.

  • Reply Pesvut July 12, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Hungry for apples? 🍎


  • Reply Immanuel Kant July 12, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    What is the antioxidant content of mahonia berries?

  • Reply Severus Schwarz July 12, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    UNTIL NOW t-shirts logo sneak peak

  • Reply Blacktician July 12, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    This is actually surprising, good video

  • Reply Lawrence Rasmus July 12, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    when I eat red apple I feel better the next day
    Green apples are not the same,it's the red peel

  • Reply Johana Eguia July 12, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    subtitles in spanish please

  • Reply Sonia July 12, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Great to watch this! I've been an apple fan since veeery early age… People always made fun of it :p My num 1 food! And my go-to snack! In any case, I believe in berries too 😉 Thanks for the info!

  • Reply Vegan For The Animals Ⓥ July 12, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Congrats on a quarter million subs, Doc
    Next up, half mil

  • Reply Andreas Schmid July 12, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Awesome video 🙂

  • Reply Susan on life July 12, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    I love them apples!

  • Reply Inspired By Bliss July 12, 2017 at 3:42 pm


  • Reply Razvan Sedekiah July 12, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    I love "until… now". XD lol

  • Reply Doug bananaboy July 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Apple season coming !

  • Reply Cooking Lessons for Dad July 12, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    I think the best diet should include lots of fruits and veggies of different colors. Then you don't need to worry so much about superfoods.

  • Reply Twistedhippy July 12, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    man! I hate two part videos, now I have to wait….sulks

  • Reply Patrick Jensen July 12, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Can you tell us a little about fasting, does it deoxidize?

  • Reply cassioam July 12, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    I just eat it for the taste.

  • Reply Joseph1NJ July 12, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Another nutritional health fad I don't need to waste money on. Awesome work team NF.

  • Reply The Cheesy Vegan July 12, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I've been spending tons on acai berries. UNTILL NOW

  • Reply prfesrfrink July 12, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    You, sir… are amazing! Thank you for your great work!

  • Reply ViRuSTriNiTy July 12, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    until…NOW! G

  • Reply Livia Ly July 12, 2017 at 6:19 pm


  • Reply Jeff Lebowski July 12, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Whole apples and applesauce is a lot cheaper.

  • Reply Alice Koch July 12, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    thanks for filtering all that data for your viewers and putting it into perspective. you and your team are informing and helping many!

  • Reply Clifton Painter July 12, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Your videos are the high point of my day. I so enjoy them and the information they contain. You are very bright and I particularly love your wit and sarcasm. Thank you never says enough. Blessings.

    PS Have you read The Nader Reports "The Chemical Feast" by Turner? The state of food and diet in America today is due to 110 years of FDA shenanigans and corruption. Written in 1969 nothing much has changed at all.

  • Reply Lisa Nickelson July 12, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    I love Acai bowls with healthy toppings so I will keep eating them but do love apples with nut butter in the evenings!

  • Reply Zee Zag July 12, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    thank you

  • Reply Zuy Jojoboy July 12, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    the store bought apples I get are always waxed and probably sprayed with some creepy stuff,is that a big problem and can you help it?

  • Reply Devon Stultz July 12, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    I just ate an Apple…..yessss

  • Reply Not Your Average Vegan July 13, 2017 at 1:18 am

    Damn he's good 🙌

  • Reply Biggus Dikkus July 13, 2017 at 1:21 am

    If you want to eat these kind of berry products or even fresh or frozen berries of any kind, you would need to be rich or get a second job just to pay for these trendy and expensive products.
    I'll just stick to my apples, pears, bananas and citrus thanks.

  • Reply Simon McKendry July 13, 2017 at 3:40 am

    You're the man

  • Reply Near Air July 13, 2017 at 3:50 am

    in summary, about as good as apples…Or did I get that part wrong?

  • Reply Sarbear July 13, 2017 at 5:39 am

    Pleeeease school unnatural vegan. I cannot take her smug pandering bs anymore.

  • Reply Steven the Seagull July 13, 2017 at 7:59 am

    It only works with grass fed acai

  • Reply desert knight s July 13, 2017 at 9:30 am

    annoying voice

  • Reply palmer3977 July 13, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Yes always follow the money.

  • Reply Marcello Di Santo July 13, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Say it with me now doc… AH – Sigh – EEEEEEEEEE! Stretch that ending yo. Started every morning in Rio with a bowl of açai (com banana!)…would trade a bag of apples for a fresh bowl any day. There's a brazilian word for that longing… saudades….

  • Reply G.G. July 13, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Basically: "All foods are superfoods compared to meat & dairy"

  • Reply Eric K July 13, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    The Japanese eat a ton of fish. They also eat beef. How in the world do they live so long? They should be dropping dead at young ages left and right (if you believe what this "doctor" claims about diet).

  • Reply Misty Malibu July 13, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Newsflash: apples are the new superfood. They're kind of like a genetically modified super acai berry that's green when unripe and becomes red in later stages of development. Since it's made with loving care by Monsanto, it will be infinitely cheaper than the overpriced and overhyped Brazilian acai berry, but sadly not as tasty 😕

    #satire #itsajoke #dontpanic

  • Reply WisdomTooth July 13, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Maqui > Acai anyway but..
    Its common sense raw living foods that still hold their molecular and crystalline structure how nature intended will work better than freeze dried/dried or powered for example. (Enzymes and Bio-photons)

  • Reply Beri Shifaw July 14, 2017 at 2:40 am

    Lesson of the day: It doesn't matter who it is, be it a tobacco company, meat producer, or even one selling veggie/fruit products. If they are sponsoring a study chances are the results are one sided.

  • Reply D Master July 14, 2017 at 11:26 am

    those grub kebabs look really delicious. you vegans don't know what you're missing out on.

  • Reply CSWRB July 14, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Now I don't feel so bad for hating the taste of acai and not eating it. Frozen blueberries and frozen scuppernongs rock my world!

  • Reply Laurie Paris July 14, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Açaí can be a vector for Chagas disease.

  • Reply JONATHAN July 15, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Are oranges bad? I eat the whole orange, not juice

  • Reply iridium56 July 19, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Just inject the acai directly into your femoral artery.

  • Reply Neophyte August 5, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    I shriek like a teenage fangirl everytime this guy says UN…TILL…NOW

  • Reply ForbinColossus August 5, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Ah-sigh berries? annoy whole foods by asking for the uh-KY berry section

  • Reply Johnny Last September 30, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Now I feel like a fool , eating acia all the time lol

  • Reply Joel October 24, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Fckin love applesauce

  • Reply Spicy Artisan Hipster Salami October 26, 2018 at 7:06 am

    Does anyone else notice the general theme of “super foods” is that to gain real health, it takes a healthy diet? With real whole foods? And lots of water?
    It’s s almost like there is no magic bullet 🤔🎯
    Plant based whole foods and water will save your life

  • Reply Giovanni Pincoletti March 12, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    It's not that acai berries aren;t any good, it is that they are no better than many other fruits. The fact is that all natural berries and many other fruits that contain a lot of vitamin c are good anti-oxidants.
    So, don't stop eating acai berries, but do believe that no single fruit or food is the magic bullet for all diseases. All new findings to cure many diseases are pointing to a plant-based diet low in complex carbs and processed sugar. Don't believe the sales hype that gives particular products miraculous healing abilities. Healing is accomplished through many plants.

    So, mix your apples with acai berries, blueberries and raspberries for a glorious anti-oxidant dessert.

  • Reply Just a healthy person. March 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    I don't like you. That's all, I will watch some other, more informative videos.

  • Reply Sledcat July 5, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Damn! Now I feel like a Hot Dog … With Acai Sauce Mayo and … apple sauce?

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