Acai Berry is a Brazilian fruit native to the Amazon region, where it is consumed as a staple food. It treats many ailments and imparts well-being, which contributes to its gaining global popularity as a Brazilian Superfruit.
Characteristics of Acai Berries
Acai Berry is a tiny and round fruit from the Acai palm tree, found on the riverbanks of the Amazon rainforests in Central and South America. It is famous for its high nutritional value and inherent health benefits, from providing energy to building a robust immune system.
In the raw form, the Acai Berry fruit has dark purple skin and yellow flesh with a large seed inside; and has an earthy taste. Acai berries are consumed as accompaniments to meals in the Amazon rainforest. They are soaked to soften the outer skin and mashed to form a puree to make them edible. They are preserved and available as frozen fruit puree, dried powder or pressed juice. It is widely available in the form of supplements in shakes, juices, ice-creams and other nutritious food. Supplements should be administered as per medical advice.
Health Benefits as a Superfruit
Nutrient Dense – A unique nutritional profile is high in fat and low in sugar. Acai berries are rich in other trace minerals, including chromium, zinc, iron, copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. It is rich in calcium, proteins, potassium and vitamins- particularly Vitamin B1, B2 and B3.
High Levels of Anthocyanins and Antioxidants – By its purple colour, Acai berries contain a high percentage of anthocyanins, which preserves the antioxidant properties of the fruit. The high antioxidant property enables it to fight the free radicals responsible for causing cancer and harming cells in the ovaries, and they may help prevent cancer and leukaemia.
Anti-Aging Benefit – Antioxidants in Acai berries attributes to slowing the ageing process and works as an anti-ageing agent to prevent fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and associated skin conditions. Acai oil is used in certain cosmetic products because of its solid antioxidant quality. Acai berry products can be used in anti-ageing creams and lotions, facial creams, shampoos, body lotions and conditioners.
Improves Cholesterol Levels – Anthocyanins in Acai berries positively impact cholesterol levels. The plant also contains sterols, which prevent cholesterol absorption in the body. It is a rich source of fibre and contains omega-9 and omega-6 fatty acids, which help control high blood pressure and cholesterol levels when consumed.
Cleanses Toxins – Acai berries help cleanse the body by eliminating harmful toxins. Being rich in antioxidants helps blood circulation and relieves joint and arthritis pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Aids Weight Loss – Weight Loss is a significant benefit of Acai berries. The high antioxidant content helps the process to burn fat, and it can also facilitate the suppression of hunger and increase metabolism. Being a rich source of proteins and dietary fibres, Acai berries are a boon to the digestive system.
Heart Health Benefits – Acai berries benefit the heart as it is rich in Omega-6 and omega-9. These compounds have sound effects on the cardiovascular system and lower cholesterol levels.
Boost Brain Function – The antioxidants in Acai berry counteract the damaging effects of inflammation and oxidation in brain cells; thus, boosting brain function and preventing any negative impact on memory and learning.
With an incredibly high amount of antioxidants present naturally, the Acai berry edges out other fruits like blueberries and cranberries in their health benefits. Used as a dietary staple in the Amazon region, it explains why Latin American women are high rankers in the global beauty pageants.
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