From juices to yogurt toppings, you’ve likely seen Acai, pronounced ah-sigh-ee, on the menu at new health food stores and smoothie shops. The small, tart berries come from around the Amazon River basin of South America and have tons of health benefits. You’ll see the berries in everything from shampoo to skin care treatments, thanks to the number of antioxidants that are packed into the small fruits. The berries are low in sugar (thus their tart taste), but they are packed with iron, calcium, fiber, and vitamin A. The fruit has been used for centuries as a powerful healing tool. Here are just some of the benefits of Acai.
While there’s no miracle food that will help you shed 10 pounds by the weekend, Acai has been proven to support your weight loss efforts and help maintain a healthy weight. One study on the Amazon fruit found revealed within participants that pulp from the berry can actually reduce fat deposits.
These tiny berries pack a punch when it comes to clearing out the digestive system. The fruit’s powerful detoxification abilities can act as the body’s dietary fiber. Many berries offer the same benefit, but if you’re a fan of Acai, eat (or drink) on for a clean digestive system.
Acai berries contain anthocyanins, which act as the body’s cellular protection system. The fruit also keeps your cells strong and helps them ward off free radicals.
Want to slow or even reverse the aging process? Grab some Acai berries! The numerous forms of phytochemicals can help slow oxidative damage, not to mention the antioxidants in the fruit will help brighten you complexion. One Acai berry has 10 times the antioxidants as grapes and twice as many as blueberries.
A handful of Acai berries will help boost your energy and stamina, and may help in fighting off fatigue and exhaustion.
The anti-aging properties of the Acai berry don’t stop with your skin. Preliminary studies show that Acai may play a role in health brain aging and improving cognition.
While you may not think of fruit as a go-to for protein, Acai berries make the perfect post-workout meal combo. The berries have a large amount of amino acids, nearly equivalent to one egg, a founding element for protein.
While finding the Acai berry in its most natural form may be difficult (because the berries have a short fresh life), most health food stores do offer a powder and puree form of the fruit to use in smoothies and other snacks.
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