Benefits of Acai Berry
Many online health sites are recently claiming that the Acai berry is a miracle weight loss fruit which also helps you lower your cholesterol and gain energy.
Are these claims true or fiction?
Well according to my research from medical journals and university studies, these claims have not been tested scientifically in a double blind study. In fact, we are just beginning to understand the complexity and beauty of the health promoting effects which the acai berry holds.
The acai berry is small round purple berry found from the palm trees of the Brazilian Amazon and only contains a little amount of flesh around a large seed (the size of blueberries).
Because the Acai berry contains a high percentage of fatty acids the fruit is hard to transport as it is prone to degradation rather quickly. Therefore, it is usually transported as frozen, freeze-dried powder or as juice. For this reason, products made with processed acai berries have only been available to to researchers in many parts of the world for less than 7 years and little is known about all of its benefits.
So what are the benefits of Acai that we know thus far?
Well for one the Acai berry is one of the most antioxidant rich fruits on the planet with 10 times the antioxidant benefits of grapes and twice that of blueberries. These antioxidants are thought to be important for our vitality by preventing diseases such as cancer and heart disease, help support our immune system, and even help combat premature aging.
Acai is also a fiber rich fruit which can help with digestive or colon problems and with such a great berry flavour and aroma of chocolate you can tell right away why it is the superfood which is attractig so much attention these days. In fact the sales of acai berry over the past few years have multiplied more than 10 fold and it has created a multi-million investment by supplement companies to expose it’s benefits to the public.
Although I would not state Acai berry benefits to include weight loss, its richness of antioxidants is conclusive and I would recommend it as a great addition to your fruit smoothies. I will be looking forward to further double blind scientific studies not done by food corporations to see the other hidden benefits of acai that we are not sure of yet today.
Here are some Acai Products I would Recommend: