The acai berry is no ordinary fruit; it doesn’t even grow in an ordinary place. The acai berry is a special fruit that you probably have not had the pleasure of enjoying fresh from the acai palm unless you grew up in or around Brazil.
These clusters of tiny berries that remind you of grapes, but much deeper in color, only grow in South and Central America. And because the acai can only be enjoyed fresh within a day or two after it has been harvested, it has taken quite some time for the rest of the world to become familiar with this fruit from deep within the Amazonian rain-forests. Still, nowadays everyone can enjoy of the health benefits of the acai berry.
Acai Berry – More Than a Drink
When harvested the acai berries are freeze dried. With the help of this preservation technique these fruits become available to people around the world without losing any of their precious nutrients.
After researching their health benefits, these fruits became more popular and started to be used as ingredients in a lot of products. The acai berry drink or acai berry juice is one of the most popular of all products.
In the near future, as more positive consumer reviews continue to pour in and there’s research to back it up, there will be even more products with acai berry as a main ingredient. Products like acai berry yogurt, energy bars, supplement capsules, powder or acai berry drink will be easily found in your local supermarket.
What’s All the Acai Hype About?
Well, it’s not that it’s exotic, we’ve had mangoes and pineapples to fill that role for years; and it isn’t that its delectable taste is said to be a cross between chocolate and berries. By far the most important elements are its nutrients which can have a huge positive influence on our health. Some researchers and nutritionists are starting to believe that acai berries are the new world’s #1 super-food.
In fact, this is exactly what famed author and specialist Dr. Perricone, who wrote “The Perricone Promise,” had to say about the acai berry. He listed the acai berry at the top of his list of super-foods. We can all understand its opinion when we consider the essential fatty acids, fiber, carbohydrates, amino acids and antioxidants that are present within this tiny berry fruit. So, you see that it’s not hard to see what all the acai berry hype is about.
Not convinced yet!?! Let’s have a quick look on some health benefits acai berries can provide:
1. Prevent cancer due to their high antioxidant action – acai berries have more than double the amount of antioxidants in blueberries, 5 times as compared to gingko biloba and more 10 times more as compared to red grapes;
2. Boost the immune system
3. Promotes weight loss
4. Increases energy and stamina
5. Anti-aging effect
6. Helps the digestive system
7. Improves vision
8. Control blood sugar and cholesterol level
9. Prevents and destroys infections diseases
10. Regulates the prostate gland
11. Prevents heart problems
12. Improves sex life