The Key To A Healthy Heart Is Hidden In This Exotic Amazon Superfruit

cropped-siteIcon.jpgWhen a group of researchers in New York analyzed a little-known superfruit, they found two NEW antioxidants that had been completely undiscovered.

I knew exactly how they felt.

I discovered this exotic, heart-healthy fruit on a research trek through in the Amazon jungle…

The Key To A Healthy Heart Is Hidden In This Exotic Amazon Superfruit

Cupuaçu is a tropical rainforest tree that grows in the Amazon basin and is related to cacao, the plant that gives us chocolate. It can grow as high as 65 feet, and its fruit has a white pulp that’s uniquely fragrant, that tastes like a mix of chocolate and vanilla.

Cupuaçu is a tropical Superfruit

Cupuaçu is a tropical Superfruit

The man who introduced me to this exotic fruit is a small town doctor I met in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. Andréa lives in the very tiny, quaint town of Bela Vista deep in the Amazon.

His father was a Dutch missionary and was the first white man in the area. He traveled to Brazil from the Netherlands, and worked with the locals who had never been exposed to white people.

During my time with Andréa we talked about the herbs, fruits and other flora native to Brazil that are almost unknown to outsiders.

Cupuaçu only ripens during the rainy season from January through April. It’s 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.

When we reached the place where Andréa had discovered cupuaçu himself, the local healers told me how they’ve used and enjoyed cupuaçu throughout South America for thousands of years.

The sweet fruit is a source of energy. They chew the seeds to soothe their stomach. Shamans used to bless the juice and give it to women having difficult births.

And when I did my own research, I discovered that cupuaçu also has unique, potent antioxidant power… something your heart really needs.

It tastes so good because it’s in the same family as cacao, the plant that gives us chocolate.

You’ve probably already heard about the heart benefits of eating dark chocolate. You’ll find a lot of chocolate bars labeled “70% cacao” on the grocery store shelves.

Researchers like cacao — and the chocolate made from it — because it’s rich in a certain type of antioxidants called flavonoids.

Flavonoids are particularly good for your heart for several reasons. They:

  • Keep your blood vessels and arteries strong
  • Help regulate blood pressure
  • Promote free-flowing circulation

In other words, they keep key parts of the cardiovascular system robust and working well.

And while cacao is getting all this attention, few people know about its Amazonian cousin, cupuaçu — packed with 11 antioxidants that give you even more heart power.

Here’s why cupuaçu blows regular cocoa out of the water…

You Can’t Find Its Powerful Antioxidants Anywhere Else

When the researchers in New York discovered these previously unknown antioxidants, they named them theograndin I and theograndin II. Further tests showed that theograndin I promotes strong cells, while theograndin II is a potent antioxidant.1

These antioxidants haven’t been found in any other plant on earth.

This matters to your heart because antioxidants have the important job of keeping your blood vessels strong and elastic. There’s an easy way to tell if they’re getting the job done. All you have to do is measure the amount of homocysteine in your blood.

Homocysteine is an amino acid that’s created in the body as a result of oxidation. It’s typically harmless as long as you have normal levels of it. But when your antioxidant systems get overwhelmed, something changes… and those levels of homocysteine rise.

Having more homocysteine in your blood can affect your arteries. It can trip up your blood vessels, too.

An easy way to flush out excess homocysteine is with antioxidants and B vitamins — and cupuaçu has both.

Take a look at some of the other flavonoids in cupuaçu:

  • Quercetin is an energy boost for your cells. It increases the mitochondria (the powerhouses in every cell) in your muscles. That’s good news for your body’s hardest-working muscle — the heart!
  • Epicatechin preserves the cardiovascular system’s function, supporting the blood vessels, artery walls and heart valves.
  • Glucuronides work a little bit differently. These compounds bind to toxins that are trapped by your liver, and that helps the body flush them out.
  • Polyphenol compounds, which are potent free radical fighters that stop molecular troublemakers in their tracks. If left unchecked, these free radicals damage cell membranes, disrupt your DNA and destroy valuable cells.

Antioxidants like these are the key to keeping your heart strong because they fight free radicals and help regulate the body’s inflammatory response… which is at the root of nearly all heart concerns.

The Ultimate Heart Support I’d Been Searching For

It’s amazing to get all of these benefits in one delicious shake… and it’s the basis for the latest formulation to come out of my Sears Institute for Anti-Aging Medicine. I call it Assure II Heart Tonic. You can make it like I do and mix it into a smoothie, or you can simply stir it into plain water. It’s delicious either way.

But I didn’t stop there.

I’ve added three powerful ingredients to the vitamins, minerals and nutrients in my most powerful heart-supporting supplement available – Assure II
Heart Tonic

These are the nutrients I recommend most to my patients for keeping your heart in top shape.

Cardio-Super Protector #1:

Lycopene increases levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD). Scientists have known for many years that SOD is the first and strongest natural antioxidant enzyme mobilized by your cells for defense — and that it plays a critical role in reducing oxidative damage and inflammation… which is good news for your heart!

SOD also supports healthy blood pressure levels and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) levels. hsCRP is a marker of cardiac inflammation and if elevated, is a risk factor for future cardiovascular problems.

Cardio-Super Protector #2:

Nearly half of us don’t get enough magnesium in our diets.2 This can spell disaster for your heart health. Even a moderate magnesium deficiency can affect how your heart, blood vessels and blood cells function.3 And magnesium deficiency gets worse as you age… opening you up to a wide range of cardiac issues.

The magnesium in Assure II Heart Tonic can help support healthy blood pressure, regular heart rhythms, flexible arteries and virtually every other heart-related condition that comes with age.

Cardio-Super Protector #3:

You may know that vitamin K2 is important for your bone health, but did you know it’s also vital to your heart health? A recent 3-year study shows that vitamin K2 not only supports healthy, supple artery walls, but also made a surprisingly significant improvement in vascular elasticity.4

The Rotterdam Study, the first study demonstrating the beneficial effect of vitamin K2, showed that people who consume 45 mcg of K2 daily live seven years longer than people getting 12 mcg per day!

The Best Dessert Ever Made?

You’ll love how good Assure II Heart Tonic tastes, but you’ll be even more impressed by what it can do for the hardest-working muscle in your body.
Here are a few more reasons why I call it the “Ultimate Heart Shake”:

  • L-carnitine is an all-around heart champion. For starters, it helps the body keep excess fat from accumulating in the heart. It also promotes healthy blood pressure.1
  • L-arginine promotes healthy circulation right down to the micro level.2
  • Vitamins B2, B6, and B12 help the body maintain normal levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that is related to cardiovascular risk. They also help blood vessels do their jobs and promote blood flow to the heart. B2 also aids blood cell formation.3,4
  • Zinc and folate both support healthy gums. Modern research has found a clear link between healthy gums and a healthy heart.5
  • I stumbled upon another superfruit in the Amazon that works hard for your heart, and I knew it would be great for the cupuaçu shake.

A Small Fruit With A Supersized Gift

Like cupuaçu, this fruit helps fight inflammation in the body. But that’s not the exciting part. It also has the world’s highest concentration of vitamin C. And it’s not an orange.

Camu Camu has the world's highest concentration of vitamin C

camu camu has the world’s highest concentration of vitamin C

I’m talking about camu camu, also called Myrciaria dubia. Its red and purple berries are the size of large grapes. Even though it’s much smaller than your average orange, it packs 50 times more vitamin C per ounce!

Vitamin C has been shown to:

  • Protect heart from free radicals
  • Promote healthy blood pressure
  • Maintain blood vessels by increasing your body’s production of collagen — a “reinforcement molecule”

And while it’s doing all this, vitamin C benefits your heart in another unexpected way: It promotes healthy gums by supporting your connective tissue. Turns out having healthy gums is linked to a lower risk of heart trouble.

Remember, your body can’t make its own vitamin C and can’t store it either… so it needs a fresh supply every day. That’s why I made sure there was a natural source of it in my cupuaçu heart shake.

But there’s one more thing you should know about cupuaçu. It can be extremely hard to get your hands on…

The Mad Rush For Ripe Cupuaçu Begins NOW… Get This Superfruit While You Can!

Cupuaçu is only in season for a few months out of the year. When the harvest begins, there’s a mad rush in every market, restaurant and street fair in Brazil. Not to mention the rest of South America.

From small cafés to fine restaurants, the sweet cupuaçu fruit is used to make different drinks, jams, dessert tarts and — a local favorite — ice cream.

It is so prized that sellers run out very quickly… and then there’s nothing to do but wait until next year.

It’s not easy for me to get, but I work hard to find a way to get cupuaçu out of the Brazilian Amazon during the harvest… to make sure you have a chance to try it yourself. Now you can with Assure II Heart Tonic.

Assure II Heart Tonic is delicious! The exotic, one-of-a-kind flavor is like nothing you’ve ever had before. When you taste it, you’ll see why I call it better than chocolate.

Plus it gives you more heart-healthy antioxidants and nutrients to back up your heart’s natural strength. So you get even more antioxidant power without sacrificing your chance to have “dessert.”

You can even have it for breakfast if you want to!

Assure II Heart Tonic: The Ultimate Heart Support

Assure II Heart Tonic: The Ultimate Heart Support

To Your Good Health,

Al Sears, MD

Al Sears, MD, CNS

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3. Weglicki WB, Mak Iu T, Chmielinska JJ, Tejero-Taldo MI, Komarov AM, Kramer JH. The role of magnesium deficiency in cardiovascular and intestinal inflammation. Magnes Res. 2010 Dec;23(4):S199-206.
4. M.H.J. Knapen, et al., 'Menaquinone-7 Supplementation Improves Arterial Stiffness in Healthy Postmenopausal Women: Double-Blind Randomised Clinical Trial,' Thrombosis and Haemostasis 113(5), 1135-1144 (2015).

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