Acai Berries


Acai berry is a dark purple colour fruit which is similar in shape to a grape. These berries grow in huge clusters near the tops of palm trees, which grow in the Amazon rain forests. Each Acai berry contains just 10% fruit and pulp and a large seed, which has no benefits, so harvesting this fruit is laborious since the tree has no branches and each cluster of berries needs to be cut and brought down manually in order to preserve the fruit and pulp.

Acai evolved from obscurity of the rain forests into the cities of Brazil where it was mixed into health-giving smoothies. Surfers and sports people claimed that it boosted their energy levels. Finally scientists latched onto this and found that Acai did indeed have some beneficial properties.

Nutritional Information

per 100 g of dry powder

Calories 533.9
Carbohydrates 52.2 g
Fiber 44.2 g
Fat 32.5 g
Protein 8.1 g

 

Calcium 260 mg
Iron 4.4 mg
Vitamin A 1002 IU

 

Acai Barry Benefits

In recent years, acai berries have become a phenomenon in numerous countries of the world, primarily in America and other western countries who use it for a variety of potential health benefits in various forms. The most researched and legitimate health benefits of acai berries are explained below.


1.Cardiovascular Health

Grapes are the primary ingredient in wine, and they are similar to berries in many ways, including their high levels of anthocyanins, which are a form of plant antioxidants. Antioxidants are the scavenging particles in our body which seek out and eliminate the free radicals that are responsible for a wide variety of damaging diseases and conditions including heart disease. Anthocyanins are also related to reducing blood cholesterol by scavening some of the harmful LDL cholesterol off of artery walls, reducing the risk of atherosclerosis, stroke, and heart attack.

Acai berries also have a large amount of plant sterols, which act as vasodilators and relax blood vessels to reduce blood pressure, prevent blood clots that can lead to strokes and heart attacks, and generally improve the circulation and oxygenation of the blood.

2.Weight Loss

Early research indicates that the pulp of the acai berry can help in weight loss efforts in many people. It not only stimulates weight loss, but can also help people maintain a healthy weight by reducing the negative impact of high-fat diets. In recent years, acai weight loss supplements and pills have become wildly popular and although the results are not uniformly successful, there have been a number of positive testimonials regarding the success with weight loss brought on by consistent consumption of acai berry juice and other products. One reputable study found that 30 days of using acai berries resulted in a lower level of fasting insulin and glucose levels, as well as a reduction in total cholesterol. Although  more research is currently being done, it appears that acai berries do have a strong effect on weight loss. The high fiber content of acai berries can also reduce appetite and stop hunger pains associated with overeating and weight gain.