The Acai Berry is sometimes regarded as a “Super food,” because of the many benefits that people experience when taking it. It is obtained from acai palm which grows in Southern and Central America. In the Amazon rainforest, they discard the seed of the Acai and eat only the skin and pulp, The Acai is 90% seed and only 10% of it can be eaten.
The Acai Berry is rich in Omega fats, almost 50% of the fruit is fat and 74% of this fat comes from healthy fats like Omega 3, 6 and 9. It is also rich in amino acids and protein, almost 7.59% of the weight of the Acai pulp is amino acid. Research shows that regular intake of Acai Berry could reduce the chance of having a heart attack or stroke, because it protects the bad cholesterol or LDL from oxidizing which causes the blocking and hardening of the arteries. It also improves blood circulation.
This “Super food” recently has become a very popular ingredient for some health drinks and supplements due to its ability to sustain energy and improve mental focus.
The Acai Berry has high antioxidant levels. Anti-oxidants slows down the process of aging because it fights free radicals which damages our body. Anthocyanins , a compound which provide color to fruits and acts as a natural antioxidant, is found in Acai is 30 times the amount found in red wine.
It is also a good source of essential minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, and Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E.
Many believe that something healthy might not taste good, but it is completely the opposite with the Acai Berry. It has a very unique taste, which may be used for desserts and smoothies, or it may also be eaten by itself.
The Acai Berry definitely offers a lot of health benefits. Continuous research of this fruit should be given attention since there are still some other aspects of the fruit that needs to be discovered and be able to harness its full potential as a “Super food.”