A new, popular fruit has made its way from the Amazon into the hands of doctors, health-conscious people, and outstanding athletes who incorporate this fruit into their everyday diet. The acai (ah-sigh-ee) berry, a small dark purple berry, is grown in the Amazon rain forest. Its popularity has grown immensely; even the New York Times and Oprah have praised its benefits.
This article will discuss:
What is acai and what exactly is so special about it? Initially, acai is a fruit which comes from the acai palm tree. It is round, dark purple, and similar in size to a grape. Acai juice and pulp are used in juice blends, sodas, and even alcohol.
So what’s so special about this fruit? For one, this small berry contains more antioxidants than a blueberry or pomegranate. Plus, it contains healthy fats and amino acids. Recent studies have shown that this is one of the most nutritious foods in the world, in fact.
Even though this is an extremely nutritious berry, you won’t find this fruit in the grocery store. Since the berry is so rich in nutrients, acai perishes after a quick 24-hours.
Luckily, acai pulp is frozen and freeze-dried into powder for a wider consumer audience. However, be careful buying acai products at your local grocer as the quality is questionable and often has no nutritional value. Health food and gourmet stores will sell acai, often in the form of juice, but it is still important to do your research to avoid being scammed.
Since the berry contains loads of antioxidants, fats, and amino acids, there are numerous reasons why acai is so healthy and beneficial.
Antioxidants can do many things for the body, one of which is fight premature signs of aging. They also enhance the immune system and aid in preventing health problems such as heart disease, cancer, and other health problems.
Along with antioxidants, healthy fats like omega fatty acids are in acai. Omega fats do various things for the body and reduce the signs of aging. Omega-3, 6, and 9 aid in developing cell structures, and even fight cardiovascular disease. 37.5 percent of acai pulp is healthy fats.
Another benefit of acai is the amino acids it contains. Amino acids are very important in biochemical processes, especially metabolism. For every 100g serving of acai, there are 8g of protein.
You may have a hard time finding a reliable and nutritional source for acai. If so, a good source of acai is Perricone MD‘s Super Berry Powder with Acai. Not only does it contain acai, but also blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, and cranberry, which are all high in antioxidants. This supplement will boost energy and fight the causes of aging, while strengthening your immune system.
Dr. Perricone suggests mixing this supplement with water once a day.
For a different taste, try making the acai pomegranate smoothie by blending the following ingredients until smooth:
- 1 cup pure organic, unsweetened, pomegranate juice
- 1/2 cup (1 packet) pure, organic, unsweetened frozen Acai
- 8 fresh, frozen strawberries
- 2 teaspoons Green Magma barley grass juice powder
This is a good source of antioxidants, perfect for an after dinner snack.
To learn more about Super Berry Powder with Acai, watch this video: