All About Açaí
Açaí berries grow on tall, thin palm trees in the Amazon. They are mostly found growing wild along the riverbanks of the rainforest. Because of their dark purple color, they are often mistaken for blueberries. Unlike blueberries, however, acai is 95% seed. Therefore, açaí undergoes a process to separate the juice from the seed and is then turned into a purée and frozen within 24 hours of harvest in order to maintain maximum nutritional value.
Many describe the taste as a vibrant blend of berries with chocolate. The açaí berry is often credited for giving the people in the Amazon their strength and energy and keeping them healthy.
Described as a complete food for it satisfies many daily requirements and makes for a balanced diet, açaí is probably one of the healthiest fruits on the planet. It may help your muscles, your heart, your digestion, and your energy levels.
Açaí has one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of any food. Antioxidants help protect against free radicals that damage the cells in your body. Free radicals can come from many different sources such as stress, air pollution, alcohol, sunlight, smoke, pesticides, drugs, and even fried food. Scientists have linked free radicals to many different types of diseases.
Açaí is excellent for helping to reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) levels in your body while maintaining HDL (good cholesterol) levels, improving absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, repairing muscles, and keeping your nervous system healthy.
Açaí is a natural source of energy. Due to its various health benefits, consuming açaí can lead to an increased overall level of energy and stamina that may help combat fatigue and exhaustion. Combining açaí and guaraná gives an even bigger boost of energy— providing more than twice the amount of caffeine as coffee.
Açaí is rich in dietary fiber. A 100 gram serving of açaí contains as much as 3-4 grams of fiber. Fiber promotes a healthy digestive system.