All About Acai Berry
Acai (pronounced “ah-sigh-EE”) berries grow in Central and South America. They are small, purplish berries that are about an inch in diameter. They somewhat resemble grapes, except acai berries have a large seed in their centers. They are grown on acai palm trees and are in the same family as cranberries and blueberries.
Acai berries are loaded with antioxidants called flavonoids and anthocyanins. In fact, they have more antioxidants than cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. Acai berries also contain a high concentration of vitamins C and E. These antioxidants and vitamins are essential to fighting and preventing diseases like cancer and heart disease. They do this by preventing blood clots, relaxing the blood vessels, improving your circulation, and blocking carcinogens. The antioxidants in these berries also help fight the aging process. Due to its anti-aging properties, acai oil can now be found in cosmetics and beauty products.
In addition to their high antioxidant content, acai berries contain plant sterols that help reduce cholesterol, promote prostate health, and lower cholesterol.
Acai berries are now touted by many weight loss companies as the best dietary supplement around. While they cannot work miracles, the amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and fiber that they contain may help increase your energy, boost your metabolism, and suppress your appetite.
1. In certain areas around the Amazon, acai berry juice is known as the “poor man’s juice.” It is incredibly affordable and often served from plastic bags.
2. The seed of the berry takes up about 80% of the fruit itself.
3. Many people say that acai berries have a chocolatey taste.
4. Oprah, Rachel Ray, and Dr. Oz have all publicly praised acai berries.
5. Brazilians believe that acai berries can boost your sex life and fertility.
Because you won’t find acai berries in your local grocery store, here are some other berry recipes to help get some antioxidants into your system.
Blueberry Pie Supreme
Very Berry Salad
Cranberry Blueberry Bars
Raspberry Banana Pancakes
Mahi-Mahi with Fresh Berries
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