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Botox in a Berry

 - Mar 30, 2007
References: selfridges
The latest drink to be flying off the shelves is the Sparky Detox Smoothie Shot.

Made from the small purple açai berries grows on palm trees in the swamps and flood plains of the Amazon. Legend says it's this berry and its juice which keeps Brazilian bodies beautiful.

Its traditionally been eaten by the beautiful people of Rio de Janeiro in pulp form, mixed with either flour, yogurt or dried cassava powder. Its rejuvenating and detoxifying properties include cholesterol-lowering Omega 3, 6 and 9, and it's 10 times richer than red wine in anthocyanins.

There have also been claims that the açai improves both your sex life and even your surfboard technique. Research by the University of Florida even reported that, in test-tube experiments açai triggered a self-destruct mechanism in up to 86 per cent of leukaemia cells.

Heart Research UK even confirmed that the antioxidants in açai "mop up" the unstable molecules known as "free radicals". Caused by pollutants such as cigarette smoke these buggers are not only be harmful but also speed up the ageing process.

Eaten on its own, açai tastes like crap to be honest. But what price is youthful skin and and you can now find it in many products. Newly launched in the UK, the newest of these is Sparky which mixes it with mango. Smoothie maker Innocent market açai mixed with mango, pomegranate and blueberry. Finally, The Berry Company sell açai with raspberry and are soon to launch pack-of-four-100ml daily shots.

But acai is not alone as a fruity friend. The DGoji berry is dubbed the cellulite assassin and is Ultra-high in vitamin C. The cloudberry was traditionally used by Nordic seafarers to prevent scurvy. And Camu camu has the highest vitamin C content on the planet.