The Açaí Story: Healthy is Beautiful
By Ricky Lo | Funfare, The Philippine Star
LOS ANGELES, California — Until Cathy Salimbangon gave Leah Salterio and me one bottle each of Acai to taste (and test) its efficacy, I wasn’t aware that there was such a “premium health food” even if Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez has been endorsing it in regular “Healthy is Beautiful” ads in the Tuesday Health page of this paper’s Lifestyle section. Tweetie is described as a “supermodel, entrepreneur, mother and health advocate.” (I would find out that my 86-year-old neighbor has been taking it for several years now, swearing by its benefits, and as active and energetic as women half her age.)
Cathy and her husband, Elton Salimbangon, are the owners of Organique, maker of Acai (pronounced a-sha-yi) which has been in local market (available nationwide in Mercury Drugs, Robinsons Malls and South Star outlets) for eight years now (since 2008) and is believed to, among other benefits, (“it may”) help cleanse and detoxify the body, improve sexual health, help prevent prostate enlargement, prevent osteoporosis, ease up menstrual pains, lower blood pressure, protect blood vessels, improve glucose and lipid levels, and reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
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