The Power of Acai Berries

The Power of Acai Berries

The acai berry is probably the most hyped up superfood on the market. It is very high in antioxidants and this has led to some supplement manufacturers and distributors making outrageous claims about its actual benefits. Let’s find out the real truth about the properties of the acai berry.

What is an acai berry?

An acai berry is a dark purple fruit which is similar in shape to a cherry. It is grown in the Amazon rain forest and only 10% fruit is of any use in terms of nutritional value. The acai berry gained popularity in the cities in Brazil when surfers and sports people claimed that it had energy boosting qualities. This scenario gave the scientists a nudge in the right direction to start researching its nutritional properties and benefits.

High in vitamin and mineral content

Acai berries have as much vitamin C as blue berries and are high in calcium, magnesium, zinc and copper.  They also contain high levels of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and E and these have the following roles within the body:

  • Vitamin A & E- are both powerful antioxidants that sow down the aging process
  • Vitamin B1- helps to release the energy from glucose and has a role in nerve function
  • Vitamin B2- is predominately involved in energy production and helps with vision and skin health
  • Vitamin B3- helps with the metabolism of fats and carbs
  • Vitamin B6- is required for protein and carb metabolism. It is also an important part of red blood cell formation and aids brain function and immune function.

The real benefits of acai berries

  • High in antioxidants

Acai berries are high in ‘anthocyanins,’ which are excellent for cardiovascular health. Heart disease is on the increase in Western society and anthocyanins can help to reduce the oxidation of blood cholesterol.  When circulating cholesterol is oxidized it tends to stick to the artery walls causing them to narrow.  This build-up of plaque on your artery walls can lead to high blood pressure which is a dangerous marker for heart disease and/or a heart attack.

  • High in fiber

The fiber found in the acai berry skin is very high and this can help with digestion. Fiber supports a healthy GI tract and can assist with controlling hunger whilst not causing a vast spike in blood insulin levels. A key point to consider is that the low insulin levels in the blood stream enables your stored fat to be used as an energy source. It also stops unwanted fat being deposited within the body and this is good news for your waistline.

  • High in essential fatty acids

Acai berries are high in essential fatty acids and the relationship between having a good heart health and this type of fat is well documented. Essential fatty acids also play a key role in nerve function and maintenance.