AUG 2016

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Page 66 of 100 64 DAYSPA | AUGUST 2016 YOURWELLNESSSPA HERBAL HEALTH Three plant sterols found within acai—B-sitosterol, campesterol and sigmasterol—are believed to have a cardioprotective effect on the body. The fl eshy berry is also high in vitamin C and el- lagic acid, an immunity-boosting combination. A 2006 study from the University of Florida published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that polyphenolic compounds extracted from acai reduced cancer cell propagation by up to 86%. In addition, a 2012 study entitled "Evidence-based Systematic Review of Acai by the Natural Standard Research Collaboration," published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements, found that participants consum- ing frozen acai pulp twice daily for one month reduced their fasting glucose levels and minimized total and LDL cholesterol levels. EXTERNAL REVERENCE Brazilians and Peruvians have long been eating acai to improve skin health and treat skin conditions, but it's only in the last several years that acai oil has started to crop up in Western skincare formulas, especially anti- aging treatments. Acai is a naturally moisturizing emollient that helps restore skin elasticity, acts as an antibacterial and fi ghts free radicals. Because of its wealth of amino acids and antioxidants, acai is an ideal ingredient for skin-brightening formulas, cleansing oils, antiaging face creams, dry or sensitive skin lotions, and lip balms. Formulations that address cellular structure often incorporate acai, as it is one of very few fruits that contains omega-3, -6 and -9 essential fatty acids. Other benefi cial skincare components of note include phytosterols, vitamins B 1 , B 2 , B 3 , E and C, and minerals such as phosphorus, calcium and potassium. If you do decide to use acai in your diet or at your spa, be careful to select only the best quality. "What- ever form of acai is used in skin care, it should be food-grade quality," reminds Bro. Rachel Kossman is DAYSPA's senior editor. The content of this article is not intended to be a substitute for pro fessional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Contraindications and restrictions exist with the use of any wellness discipline. Always make sure to consult a qualifi ed, professional practitioner for information, treat ment and advice. online spa management education Prepare yourself for success with the online Spa & Hospitality Management Certificate offered by University of California, Irvine's Division of Continuing Education. Taught by leading industry experts, the program offers comprehensive and practical training to help you advance your career in the spa industry – whether you're a beginner or a seasoned professional seeking to update your skills and knowledge. Complete the full certificate program or register for individual courses! Topics include: Business planning Day-to-day operations Finance Retail management Marketing and branding Human resources Customer engagement Leadership y M ana ge men t C er tifi ca t e r sit y of Ca l ifornia, Irvine's n ui ng E d ucation. Ta ug h t b y e xp erts, the pr og ram offe rs a n d p ractica l trainin g to h e lp r h er r k in g k i ll s f or i n di v id ua l courses ! To p ics i n B H C Le

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