• Healthy and Sweet
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Dr. Al Sears, MD
11903 Southern Blvd., Ste. 208, Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411 June 22, 2011
The first time I cracked one open I couldnt believe the exotic, chocolaty-vanilla smell. Here I was in one of the most remote parts of the Amazon, looking for healing herbs to bring back for patients at my clinic. And instead I had found the Food of the Gods. Every Single Person Felt Relief!
Researchers at the University of Connecticut gave a unique natural compound to people experiencing common, everyday joint and muscle pain.
Heres what happened...
Every single person felt relief from their pain in a matter of minutes. Their joints became more flexible. They were able to move more freely. And they could climb stairs easily and had more endurance than before.1
Imagine that... a 100% success rate!
Now you can try this same natural treatment that provides you relief from any type of pain youre experiencing. Its easy to apply, it doesnt burn or smell, and there are no side effects.
If you want to stay active and help keep aches and pains away, you owe it to yourself to check this out.
[*1] Kraemer, W.J., Ratamess, N.A., Anderson, J.M., Effect of a cetylated fatty acid topical cream on functional mobility and quality of life of patients with osteoarthritis, Human Performance Laboratory, School of Medicine, University of Connecticut
Thats the Greek name for the tree that produces one of the sweetest, creamiest fruits I have ever eaten.
Its called cupuau (coo-poo-ah-SOO). Have you heard of it?
Let me tell you the story of how I first experienced cupuau...
Andrea is a small town doctor I met in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. He lives in the very tiny, quaint town of Bela Vista deep in the Amazon near the center of South America.
His father was the first white man in the area. He was a Dutch missionary who had to take a helicopter and then a boat to even reach this very, very remote part of Brazil. He came from the Netherlands, and worked with the locals who had never been exposed to white people at all.
I was having a meeting with Andrea, talking about how much things had changed. And how there were only a few isolated pockets, deep in the jungle, that had not been influenced by white people.
He was going to take me to them. And while we were having this meeting Andreas mother said, Oh, those are the people who introduced us to cupuau.
Youve never heard of it?
Andrea's mother, handing me a cupuau milkshake the best milkshake I have ever tasted in my entire life.
She brought out the fruit for me to try... and then she made me a milkshake.
And I dont think I could describe that milkshake with words. It was just incredible. It had a tropical fruit aroma and flavor, but a very distinct cocoa-vanilla aftertaste. It was like a cross between berries, chocolate, vanilla and pineapple.
Cupuau only ripens during the rainy season from January through April. Its so prized everywhere you go in the Amazon River basin and South America that sellers run out every year.
I was lucky enough to be there during season and I got to taste it. It has such a mild, sweet taste that South Americans have been using it as soothing medicine for centuries. Doctors give patients cupuau seeds to chew to relieve stomach pains. Shamans used to bless juice made from cupuau pulp, and give it to women having difficult births.
When modern researchers looked at cupuau, they discovered two previously unknown flavonoids, theograndins I and II.
Flavonoids are antioxidant compounds that provide the color in many fruits and vegetables. They stem from the seeds, skin and certain other parts of fermenting plants, and they help prevent hardening of the arteries. Flavonoids also improve blood flow and blood pressure.
They tested the two theograndins, and found that type I is a potent antioxidant, while type II kills cancer cells. [*1]
Cupuau contains nine other antioxidants. Four of them are glucuronides. They bind to toxins that your liver traps, and helps flush them from your system.
Another is epicatechin, an antioxidant that other members of the chocolate family have. It acts like insulin, helping lower your blood sugar when you eat cupuau, even though its creamy and sweet.
South Americans have used cupuau for energy for thousands of years. One of the reasons is that cupuau contains theobromine, a stimulant similar to caffeine. But theobromine doesnt act on your central nervous system as much as caffeine. So you dont get the shakes and jitters.
Cupuau also has quercetin, an energy-booster you may have heard of. In fact a study by the Arnold School of Health at the University of South Carolina showed quercetin can dramatically increase energy and endurance in active, healthy adults. [*2]
Another reason cupuau gives you energy is that its full of saturated fatty acids the good kind of fat. Your body can pack these kinds of fats together very tightly. This lets your body store a lot of energy very densely. Your body also uses fatty acids to make hormone-like substances that regulate blood pressure, blood clotting, cholesterol, immunity and your response to injury and infection.
The sweet-smelling, exotic-tasting pulp fills most of the inside of the fruit. People in the Amazon basin use it to make different kinds of drinks, ice cream, jam and dessert tarts.
Its very difficult to get fresh cupuacu in the United States. But fortunately, you dont have to go to the Amazon jungle like I did to try cupuau. You can now find different cupuau products in health food stores. Mostly youll find it in ice cream and juices. You might see cupuau included in various energy drinks, but you dont get the full effect that way. The best thing to do if you cant get fresh cupuau is to find cupuau powder, or frozen cupuau pulp.
When you make the juice, youll get a rich, buttery-smooth, tropical-looking drink like a poured milk shake with a fruity but chocolaty taste. You can also find cupuau in skin creams and even shampoo. What they do is press the seeds to release the oil, and make cupuau butter. All those fatty acids are excellent for keeping your skin soft and elastic. Plus they have an anti inflammatory effect, and create an effective skin barrier that stops moisture loss.
We like cupuau so much, I have been working hard to get it out of the Brazilian rainforest for you.
In fact, I am using it in my new and improved ubiquinol, so keep an eye out for it. It will be a wafer instead of a pill so that you can taste the great flavor of cupuau just like I did that day in Brazil.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD