Acai is a berry fruit that resembles a grape borne in a palm tree and is predominantly found in the South American rain forests. It grows around an inch long and is reddish purple in color and has a strong sweet taste similar to that of red wine combined with a tinge of chocolate. Acai has gained popularity in recent times as a fruit rich in antioxidants that can treat cancer and is touted by natural therapists and healers as a best food to treat various ailments naturally. Acai is either eaten raw or in the form of juice. Apart from being used to make medicines due to the presence of rich nutrients found in it, it is also used as a flavoring agent in desserts, smoothies, ice creams and jellies and in certain liquors.
Acai is high on antioxidants, omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids and proteins. In fact, it is said that the protein level found in acai is much more than the levels found in egg. Rich in fiber content it also contains essential minerals and vitamins such as calcium and Vitamin A along with phytochemicals, mono and poly unsaturated fats.
Acai has become the most sought after fruit for many who prefer to treat their health problems naturally. Being a storehouse of many important nutrients, Acai is found to provide various health benefits to the mankind. Now let us see the role Acai fruit plays in our life to maintain good health.
Anti Ageing – Acai is a rich source of fatty acids which is capable of stalling the ageing process. They are easily absorbed by the cell membranes and keeps them supple and healthy and prevents the forming of fine lines and wrinkles related to ageing.
Boosts Energy – Its protein content provides the much needed energy required by the body and is capable of building muscles and repairing them. The wear and tear that may occur during strenuous exercises can be cured by the intake of Acai.
Prevent Cancer – Acai has abundant source of antioxidants which has been found to prevent the growth of cancer cells. Though it has not been proven to cure cancer, the phytochemicals and antioxidants present in them play a significant role in fighting the dreadful disease.
Healthy Heart – Acai is found to contain plant sterols such as campesterol, sigmasterol and sitosterol which help to maintain a healthy heart. They regulate the blood flow to the heart, and aid the blood vessels to relax and prevent the risks of cardiovascular problems.
Health Drink – Athletes consume Acai juice as a health drink to increase their energy and maintain stamina. Eating a handful of Acai berries have found to fight tiredness and exhaustion.
Beauty Treatment – Famously known as the ‘Beauty Berry’, the oil extracts of Acai are used in variety of cosmetics such as body cream, shampoo, conditioner, anti ageing gels and for facial treatments. They are found to be much safer than other tropical oils and also very effective. Consuming Acai fresh regularly gives the skin a beautiful glow and keeps it fresh and healthy.
Bone Building – The calcium content in Acai is said to bolster the growth of bones and make them stronger. It is also believed to be used in the treatment of osteoarthritis. It also strengthens the nails and prevents it from being brittle.
Hair Growth – Packed with essential nutrients Acai aids in the growth of healthy hair and prevents hair fall.
Food Color – Having a rich reddish purple color to it, Acai fruit extracts are used to give a natural purple color and thus avoiding the usage of chemical colors.
Good Digestive System – The high fiber content in Acai helps the digestive system to function well by cleansing the system of unwanted toxic materials. It also prevents acidity and constipation.
Fight Against Infection – Acai contains tannins that are found to improve the immune system and help the body resist various infections caused by bacteria and viruses.
Traditional Medicine – The tribal people of Amazon are known to have used the Acai extracts for treating various ailments like diarrhea, ulcer, insect bites, and bruises. The Acai seed has been made into a powder and used in tea to reduce fever. It is also known to relieve women from menstrual pains.
ORAC – Acai has the distinction of being the world’s highest Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC) food. ORAC basically determines to what extent the antioxidants present in foods are able to neutralize free radicals. The greater the level, the better it is for the body to fight the free radicals that causes various diseases and damage to the cells. Acai is found to contain antioxidants double the level found in other berries and almost ten times more than the level found in grapes.
Acai is found to be absolutely safe when consumed in moderate amounts. However, if you tend to develop allergies or any other adverse symptoms, kindly seek your physician’s advice immediately.