Açai berries: 4 Amazing health benefits
Açai, pronounced as ah-sigh-ee, is a dark purple berry that grows in the rain forests of the Amazon region (Brazil). This berry is known to be a superfruit amongst locals. However, it is becoming more and more popular globally because of its amazing health benefits. As açai berries have a short shelf life, it is not available outside the region from where they are harvested, but popularity rises as it is now available in frozen puree and powder form!
But what are the benefits that makes açai berries a superfruit?
Acai berries have a unique nutritional profile as it contains healthy fats and are very low in sugar. These berries also provide minerals, fiber, and vitamins. But the most dominant health benefits of açai berries actually come from plant compound, which are the next benefits:
- Packed with antioxidants
Açai berries include high levels of anthocyanins, which gives the berry a purple color. Anthocyanins are also found in other red, blue, and purple foods such as blueberries, blackcurrants, and grapes. But what is it? It is like a natural colorant, but with healthy properties, such as antioxidants. Antioxidants are extremely important, because it neutralizes the damaging effects of free radicals in the body. If these free radicals are not neutralized by antioxidants, it can damage healthy cells and lead to chronic diseases (heart disease, cancer, diabetes).
Açai berries are on top of the list in terms of antioxidants. Studies found that it is about 3 times the amount found in blueberries!
- May have anti-cancer properties
As said previously, açai berries are extremely high in antioxidants which neutralizes the damaging effect of free radicals.
Though more research needs to be done on this topic, some studies have shown a reduced incidence in colon and bladder cancer. Açai has shown lots of potential, but the effect needs further study.
- Could boost brain function
Açai’s plant compounds could protect your brain from damage as well. The antioxidants in açai berries could counteract the damaging effects of inflammation and oxidation in brain cells, which can negatively affect memory and learning.
How to use Açai powder (by Fairy Superfoods)?
Açai powder is a popular ingredient in smoothies and are often called ‘açai bowl’ in foodie terms. Just add 1 tsp into your smoothie, or even oatmeal, yoghurt, and baked treats! It is super versatile and easy to incorporate in many recipes.
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