The acai fruit has long been known for its health benefits. In ancient Amazonian tribes, the acai fruit was known as a blessing due to its ability to cure ailments. Today, is it considered as a superfood. But how can one little fruit have such an impact on the body? Let’s take a look.
Nutritional flavonoids called Anthocyanins are found in acai berries, and have been linked with dramatically lowering the risk of cancer
- Acai contains fatty acids such as omega-6 and omega-9, aiding in reducing cholesterol and promoting a healthy heart
- Acai contains high levels of vitamin B compounds, which reduces risks of insomnia, dementia and lethargy. Vitamin B also prevents chronic disease and has a positive effect on blood cells, tissues, cellular generation, and other neurological disorders
- Acai reduces bacterial infection in the lungs, ultimately reducing respiratory disease in children and adults
- The high levels of fiber in acai fruit are proven to improve digestion, aiding in weight loss, and reduce blood sugar levels, making the acai fruit good for diabetics
- Acai allows for healthy skin due to the high levels of oleic acids
- The presence of 19 amino acids revealed in medical studies that acai fruits can promote good health and prevent diseases
- Acai improves the immune system, is a good agent against harmful organisms, and acts as an anti-aging agent, resulting from the high levels of antioxidants
- Fatty acids found in the acai berry boost energy
- Acai has been linked with increasing blood flow, assisting in an increase in sex drive in men and women (historically, acai fruits were also used to treat erectile dysfunction in men)
- Acai berries high antioxidant levels have been known to be good for the brain. Recent studies enhance this concept. Researchers have found that acai berries contain certain polyphenols that may inhibit the formation of plaque from beta-amyloid proteins. These proteins are known to affect Alzheimer’s disease.
- A study from 2011 revealed that acai fruits contain a potent anti-inflammatory agent, velutin, which also assists in reducing chronic pain
Overall, it can be identified that incorporating the acai berry into ones diet can be extremely beneficial. It does not take much of the berry to gain the healthy benefits -just 100 grams of pure acai (or about one serving of dried acai powder) has 70-80 calories (3.5%-4% DV based on 2,000 calories per day), 2-4 grams of fiber (6%-11% DV based on 25-30 grams per day), 1-2 grams of proteins, 130% DV manganese, 15% DV vitamin A, 8% DV copper, and 4% DV of iron, thiamin, calcium, and magnesium.