Acai, or the Amazonian Berry, is a natural berry native to South American Rain forests. You may have seen it before in smooth bowls, or acai bowls. This fruit has been known for centuries for its superfood qualities being extremely rich in antioxidants, fiber, heart healthy fats, and calcium. This means it is great for healing, immune stimulation, and energy boosting.
There are 12 health benefits of the acai berry:
Promotes Heart Health
Acai berries are full of plant sterols and the antioxidant anthocyanin, which is also found in red wine and blood oranges. Anthocyanin supports balanced cholesterol. The plant sterols support blood circulation by relaxing the blood vessels, and improves overall composition of the blood.
Improves Mental Function
Scientists have studied how acai can promote healthy brain aging and may improve short and long-term memory due to the neurologically active plant phytochemicals. There are also studies on how it can protect against neurological diseases, such as dementia and Parkinsons.
Encourages a Healthy Libido
Because it increases blood circulation all over the body, the acai berry may contribute to sex drive, especially in men, as blood needs to flow to certain areas of the body. When overweight men drank an acai smoothie, it was shown to improve how the blood flows through the vessels.
As shown in a study, drinking an acai beverage reduced the body’s metabolic stress from exercise, the exerciser’s perceived exertion, and increased the time before they felt exhausted. This suggests that consuming acai can lead to increased energy and stamina, as well as decrease exhaustion and fatigue.
Because of all the phytochemicals (neurologically active plant compounds) and antioxidants, acai berries may reverse or dampen the aging process. This is suspected because of the way these natural chemicals suppress and repair oxidative damage.
Immune System Booster
Studies show that consuming acai berries promotes production of white blood cells that are of importance to ensure the human immune system is healthy.
Improves Cellular Health
This is why it is called a superfood! The acai berry improves cellular health through the immune system. The antioxidants in the berry enter white blood cells and protect and make strong against “free radicals” that could be of harm to the body.
If you smoke or are exposed to second hand smoking, the antioxidants in the acai berry may prevent some irritation in the lungs that is associated with swelling from inhaling smoke. This doesn’t mean that it will prevent lung cancer; it will just reduce smoke-induced swelling.
Because of its high source in fiber, just like other berries, it has strong detoxification properties that could help the digestive system to function normally.
Promotes Skin Health
There are beauty products containing acai oil instead of chemical-based skin care products. This is a healthy alternative because it is natural. Even consuming the berry promotes skin health and can give a healthy glow. Why do you think Brazilian's skin looks so amazing?
Aids Weight Loss
A study found that overweight women who ate 200 grams of acai pulp increased insulin sensitivity, and reduced total body fat and skin folds. In women with a normal body weight, they found a redistribution of fat. They had reduced subcutaneous fat, however an increase in visceral fat.
Stops Bad Cell Proliferation
The antioxidants and plant compounds in the berry were found to stop bad cells from growing out of control. The thought behind this is that at a molecular level, the plant chemicals interrupt cell mutation and kill the mutated cells before they can proliferate.
So where can you buy this amazing antioxidant rich superfood?
The natural berry can spoil in a day. So it is best to buy the berry or pulp frozen and make sure it is certified organic for the best taste and most nutrient packed. You can also buy it in powdered form. Check your local grocery store for Sambazon frozen superfruit smoothie packs.