It’s not hard to understand if you’re not too familiar with the acai berry. Although it’s been used for many medicinal and health purposes for the last few centuries in the South American region, it’s only in the present that it has become mainstream in other parts of the world.
Acai berry looks like a grape with a lighter shade of purple and can only be found in the Amazon forest. It is picked atop Acai palm trees and is highly touted for its health benefits. A small yet powerfully packed berry, the Acai berry can provide us with so many health benefits and nutritional value. One reason why it has remained in the folds of South and central America for so long is that it has one drawback, an acai berry can only provide its benefits while it is freshly picked, after three days, it loses its health value.
That’s why for the rest of the world, the acai berry is consumed mostly in its powder form. Even in this form, you will still be able to take full advantage of all the health benefits that fresh acai berries offer. Today, acai berry powder can be mixed with multiple types of food, drinks and supplements. Many of these products provide a list which will show you the benefits that you can avail of when ingesting this superfood. But before we go into that, it is best that we first discover what exactly is in the acai berry that has made it into one of the world’s most beneficial food.
Acai berries contain:
- Amino Acids– various types of amino acids can be found in the acai berry, all of them helps in developing your muscles allowing it to easily regenerate, contract, grow stronger and provide it with stamina and energy. Amino acids also help in detoxifying your system and boosting your immune system.
- Phytosterols – an integral plant sterol, the phytosterol aids in treating various types of cancer and has also been found to aid immensely in battling urinary problems as well as in promoting health of the prostate.
- Fatty Acids – You may have already heard about Omega 6 and Omega 9, this fatty acids greatly benefits our body as this is able to reduce the risk of contracting cancer and its symptoms. Sadly though, the human body is incapable of producing these fatty acids so we must consume it from other sources, such as the acai berry.
- Minerals and Antioxidants – Our body needs various minerals to help in maintaining its health, acai berries contain minerals such as cobalt, chromium, molybdenum and copper. Antioxidants on the other hand help in slowing down and preventing cell damage which can result to the development of a number of diseases and speeding up the aging process.
With all o these, the health benefits will seem endless. Just by this small fruit, you will generally obtain a source for a plethora of nutrients that can enhance our body, allow it to cleanse effectively, lose unwanted weight, fight off diseases, rejuvenate our energy and look and feel good inside and out.