Information about the Acai Berry, health benefits, nutritional properties, antioxidant properties
The Acai Berry originates from Acai palm trees found in Central and South American rainforests. They grow in swamps and floodplains. The genus Euterpe has 8 species of palm, with the Acai palm being one of them. Scientifically known as Euterpe Oleracea, the name Acai was derived from the Tupian word, ´wasa'i, which means 'fruit that expels water'. The genus Euterpe was named after the Euterpe of Greek mythology and all species of Euterpe can grow up to 30 meters high, with leaves up to 3 meters long.
The Acai Palm is fast growing and is renowned for the health properties of its berries and the superior hearts of palm. The berries, seeds and soft inner growing tip of the palms can be consumed. The berries have become popular in health drinks like monavie, which offers the berry in a juice form. However there are other uses of the Acai Palm including using the leaves to make roof thatches, brooms, baskets, mats and hats. The tree trunks can be used for building construction or be used to yield minerals.
The Acai Berry has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-mutagenic, cleansing, and antioxidant properties. Pronounced ah-SIGH-ee Berry, this natural
Antioxidants (including anthocyanins, glutathione, flavenoids, vitamin C, vitamin E)
Essential fatty acids (including Omega 6 and Omega 9)
Enzymes (including coenzyme Q10)
Acai Berries offer an amazing range of health benefits that is vital for a healthy diet. It has the highest ORAC level than any other berry and is low in GI. There is more protein in an Acai Berry than in an egg and for every 100 grams of the berry; there is nearly 45 grams of fiber. The fatty acids are comparable to those found in olive oil and there are twice as many antioxidants as blueberries as well as ten times as many antioxidants as grapes. Furthermore, the Acai Berry has 30 times as many anthocyanins as those found in red wine.
As stated previously, the nutritional composition of the berry has made it widely sought due to the remarkable health benefits. Consumption of the berry will help with a wide variety of health problems as well as boost
- Lowering bad cholesterol
- Maintaining levels of good cholesterol
- Restoring antioxidants in the body
- Protecting body from disease
- Strengthening visual acuity
- Digesting food
- Assisting bodily chemical reactions
- Strengthening immune system
- Helping sleeping disorders
- Detoxifying the body
The berries can be consumed in a range of ways including putting them with juice blends, sodas, flavored liqueurs, smoothies or in other beverages. Brazilians serve Acai berries as an ice cream flavor, mixed with granola and in gourds with tapioca where you can use a variety of condiments to alter the taste to become sweet or salty.