Acai is a Brazilian purple berry fruit found in the native palm trees of the Amazonian rain forest. These amazing palms grow up to 60 feet tall. This incredible Brazilian berry, is known to be one of the most potent super fruits of its kind. It contains a high level of protein, very low in sugar content, along with high fiber. Acai berry is most commonly used in energy drinks, smoothies, frozen yogurts, juice, and even alcoholic cocktails. Their nutritive value is quite similar to the benefits found in blueberries, cranberries and strawberries, however, the difference is found in the antioxidant levels which have been found to be ten times the antioxidant levels found in red grapes. This richly dense level of nutrition makes acai, an incredible fruit and stronger in its potency then other fruit and berry options. These potent antioxidants found in acai are great for the blood, and known to reduce high blood pressure, and can prevent heart and other cardiovascular disease. It has been used by the locals for restoring energy levels, warding away fevers, and even used in recuperation after child birth.
The berry gets its deep purple color from the rich anthocyanins, that protect cells from the free radicals that lead to premature aging and disease. A recent study by Texas A & M found that antioxidant activity in the blood significantly increases after acai pulp was consumed. The study concluded that acai could help guard against cardiovascular disease and cancer.
With the berries high protein, low sugar, high fiber ratio it makes it an ideal fruit to aid in diet and weight-loss. The phytosterol content is the compound responsible for aiding in reducing blood plasma cholesterol. Acai berry is a source of healthy monounsaturated fats, similar to olive oil. Rich in oleic acid helps keep the cell membranes flexible, allowing hormone and insulin receptors in the body to function at their optimal levels. This hold in insulin levels keeping them in check helping wards off inflammation making this berry a wonderful anti-inflammatory fruit.
In supporting organic acai the berries are gathered from their wild growth where they have naturally taken root. Due to the recent demand and health benefits found in acai, it has led to the introduction of conventional approaches in growing which can endanger the natural diversity of the rain forest through the use of undesirable pesticides and other chemical compounds.
The Benefits of Acai:
- High-fiber, high-protein, and low-sugar food, making it an ideal addition to a weight-loss regimen .
- Strong source of monounsaturated fats rich in oleic acid, helping hold insulin levels in check, warding off and inhibiting inflammation .
- Cardiovascular and positive digestive benefits, while phytosterols may aid in reducing blood plasma cholesterol .
- High levels of powerful antioxidants, anthocyanins, that protect cells from free radicals that lead to premature aging and disease.