Sunday, October 16, 2005

Nature's Medicine Chest

Did you know that the rainforest of the Amazon River basin in South America is home to more than half of the Earth's living species, including more than 3,000 potentially beneficial fruits and plants?

Did you also know that of all medicines prescribed in the U.S. have active ingredients that are derived from, or are analogues of the Amazon rainforest plants?

Did you also know that of all prescribed medicines come from just 40 of these plants?

Did you also know that of the plants found to be active against cancer cells are found in the rainforest?

It's no wonder that the Amazon rainforest has become known by many as “nature's medicine chest”. But... science has barely begun to probe the possibilities of life-sustaining attributes in more than 99% of the plants that grow there. That's right, 99%.

Even though we know with certainty that the rainforest holds the key to nature's gifts of health and wellness, we have barely begun to tap that abundant resource.

While researchers have only skimmed the surface of the healing powers of these wondrous fruits and plants, a few have emerged that have already earned the right to be ranked among the planet's “best kept health secrets.”

Three of these amazing rainforest plants and fruits are Acai, Cupuacu, and Yerba Mate.

The health beverage industry is a BOOMING market. It's currently producing over $4,000,000,000.00 (Four Billion Dollars) a year in sales, and is forecasted to grow to over $10,000,000,000.00 (Ten Billion Dollars) in just the next few years.

This growth is being fueled by one thing: So, it really should come as no great surprise that many companies are jumping on the “functional health beverage band wagon”.