Synonyms: Euterpe Badiocarpa
12 Health Benefits of Acai Berries:
There are numerous healthy berries that would be a great addition to your diet. The acai berry is one of the healthiest berries you will ever find.
Acai is an indigenous berry commonly found in the rain forests of the Amazon. This antioxidant-rich fruit has been heralded for centuries as a healing, immune-stimulating, energy-boosting fruit. An exotic relative of the blueberry and cranberry, research has shown that this antioxidant-rich berry may be able to support in the prevention of diseases associated with oxidative damage, not to mention many other health benefits.
1. Heart Health
Similar to red wine, research shows that acai berries are extremely high in anthocyanins, a form of plant antioxidant associated with the ability to lower cholesterol levels in the blood stream. They are also rich in plant sterols that provide cardio-protective benefits to our cells. It does this by preventing blood clots, improving overall blood circulation, and relaxing the blood vessels.
2. Resistant to Harmful Organisms
Scientists from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro have shown that consuming acai extract may help fight harmful organisms. However, I recommend Oregano Oil for this task.
3. Aids in Weight Loss
Known by nutritionists as a super-food, acai may help us not only lose weight, but maintain a healthy weight. One interesting study from the National Institutes of Aging found that pulp from the acai berry had the ability to reduce the negative effects of a high-fat diet in laboratory studies on flies.
4. Promotes Skin Health
Currently, many modern beauty products are carrying acai oil, again due to the oil’s high antioxidant content. What is more, acai oil is a great natural alternative to chemical based skin-care products that harm the skin in the long-run. Taken internally, the berries can also give your skin a healthier glow. In fact, Brazilians have been eating acai berries for centuries to treat skin conditions.
5. Helps with Digestive Upset
Taking acai may also aid in keeping our digestive system clean and in optimal function. The berries have powerful detoxification capacities in the human body and are a well-known traditional source of dietary fiber. Of course, there are many other high fiber foods that can do the same thing, including many other types of berries.
6. Reduces Irritation
Acai berries contain properties may prevent the typical irritation associated with respiratory distress.
7. Improved Cellular Health
On a general level, the anthocyanins found in acai play a role in our cellular protection system, helping to keep cells strong against the invasion of free radicals.
8. May Help Fight Cancer
Acai is very high in Vitamin C and ellagic acid, an immune-system-boosting combination that has been shown to suppress the growth of cancer. One study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that polyphenolic compounds extracted from acai reduced cancer cell proliferation by 56-86%. It is thought that acai’s phytochemcials can stop the process of carcinogenesis on a molecular level, killing off tumorous cells before they multiply. Acai berries are not a cure for cancer; but hopefully more research will examine their benefits and potential role in the fight.
9. Anti-Aging Effects
Extremely high in many forms of plant phytochemicals (antioxidants), acai berries may contribute to an ability to slow or reverse typical processes of aging related to oxidative damage. In fact, the berries are one of the planets highest sources of antioxidants, with one berry holding ten times the amount of antioxidants as grapes, and two times the amount of blueberries.
10. Energy Boost
Due its overall health benefits, taking acai extract can lead to an increased overall level of energy and stamina, and may aid to combat fatigue and exhaustion. Whenever you need a boost, simply eat a handful of berries and you will be ready to go in no time!
11. Better Sex
This famous red berry has also been linked to overall increased blood circulation in the human body, a phenomenon that may contribute to a boost in sex drive, especially for men.
12. Improves Mental Function
Preliminary research studies show that acai may prevent mental imbalance in menopausal women.
The Nutrition of Acai Berries
Acai berries are derived from a tropical plant in the Amazon and have been touted as the #1 superfood. Known most for the their incredible levels of antioxidants, they are full of other nutrients as well, making them one of the most perfect fruits on the planet. When compared to other fruits, Acai berries come out ahead every time in many of the essential nutrients and vitamins we all need for an overall healthy body and life.
Known most for their high levels of antioxidants, Acai berries have 10x the level of antioxidants as grapes and twice as many of blueberries. This makes it the highest level of antioxidant fruit in the world. Antioxidants are essential for our body's to fight illness, stave off disease and keep us looking vibrant and youthful.
Healthy fats are essential to keep our cardiovascular system working properly and keep our brains sharp. Omega fats (Omega 3, 6 and 9) are essential to healthy brain function and why we hear so much about eating enough fish. Acai berries are nearly 50% fat, and a huge 75% of that is Omegas.
When we think of fiber in fruits, usually it's apples, but Acai berries offer about 14g in every 100g of freeze dried Acai powder. This is an incredibly strong fiber profile, even among other foods. Fiber is essential to the proper function of our digestive system and helps all other body systems work together smoothly.
Minerals & Vitamins
Acai berries boast A, B1, B2, B3, C and E. Acai berries have Vitamin C as blueberries. Also present in Acai berries are potassium, magnesium, copper, calcium and zinc. Because both calcium and vitamin D are present, these berries are a self contained calcium resource.
Amino Acids & Proteins
Just over 7% of the Acai berry pulp is made up of Amino Acids. There have been 19 different amino acids found in Acai berries. With this as the building block of protein, it's easy to see why these berries are packed with over 8g of protein per 100g of freeze dried Acai Powder.
B-sitosterol, campesterol and sigmasterol are the three plant sterols that have been found in Acai berries. There are many health benefits of photosterols, such as a healthy digestive system and maintaining a healthy heart. While plant sterols are often not at the top of your list for nutrients to look for, they are essential to keep your body running right.
Acai berries offer more nutrition per berry than any other fruit out there. With their worldwide popularity, they are becoming easier to find and are also available in juices and powder form. Include Acai berries in your family's healthy eating choices to give them the nutrients they need for a happy, healthy life.
- Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM