Acai is a very small berry, dark purple in color, native to Central and South America. Acai is sold in a dried powder, a pulp, juice and even supplements. The powder can be added to smoothies for a texture that is creamy and a taste that is chocolaty.
Acai has traditionally been used to treat illness and is now regarded as a superfood. Why a superfood? The acai berry is rich in anthocyanins and flavonoids.
- neutralize free radicals
- slow down the aging process
- lower risk of disease
Different research studies have shown the pulp of the acai berry is higher in antioxidants than many other berries, including the highly revered blueberry.
The nutritional components in acai include:
- 19 amino acids
- vitamins and minerals
- essential fatty acids – omega-3s and omega-6s
- monounsaturated oleic acid – omega-9 fatty acids
- makes cell membranes more penetrable, leading to greater insulin sensitivity
- may lower blood pressure
- 3 phytosterols
- heart health
- digestive health
In less than a 1/2 cup serving, acai provides:
- over 8 grams of protein
- 14 grams of fiber
- 16% of the Daily Value for vitamin C
- 20% of the Daily Value for vitamin A
Acai can be part of a delicious weight loss program when used for snacks and added to low-fat foods; smoothies and oatmeal are great choices. Acai is not just for eating. If you’re looking for healthy-looking skin and hair acai is also used in beauty products. The antioxidants in the oil are preserved even after processing and storage. Acai can make you beautiful inside and out!