Acai “Super” Berry

Acai berry was rated the “#1 Superfood of 2008”. Acai berry is one of the several wonder fruits found in rich Amazon rain forests, relished by Brazilians since ages. Dark purple in color, it is a treasure of antioxidants. Acai berry has much more antioxidants than other berries, fruits and herbal supplements used till date. It looks like grapes and grows on tall Acai trees. It has a single big seed inside and tastes like a blend of red wine and chocolate. It is power packed with nutrients and very delicious in taste.

Nutritional Value

Acai berry has several times more antioxidants than red wine. It has vitamin C, vitamin E and anthocyanins. Its power and vigor make it as effective and strong as Viagra.  In addition Acai berry is rich in fiber and low in natural sugar. It has several vitamins and minerals -Vitamin B1, B2, B3, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Calcium, Potassium, Proteins, and good fatty acids Omega 6 and Omega 9.  

Health Benefits

Acai berry is very good for heart and mind. Research has confirmed that antioxidants from Acai are absorbed and accepted by the human body. Acai’s antioxidants can reduce cholesterol and manage weight. It started a health wave in America. It has become one of the most popular health foods and a favorite among heavy weight consumers. Acai berry can prevent and fight diseases like Cancer. It can prevent heart and nervous system diseases. It can improve digestion, vision and immunity.  It can tackle parasitic infections like schistosomosis and bacterial infection staphylococcus aureus, common in South America.  Acai berry can prevent premature ageing, has been proved by several studies.  It can help people with sleep disorders and skin infections.

Future Research

Extensive research is being carried out to explore the potential benefits of Acai berry. Acai products are not readily available in the market but the word is spreading fast. Fruit is not perishable but the nutrients are not lost in preservation. Demand is growing and companies will soon come up with Acai berry juices, drinks, smoothies and frozen deserts.

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