Açaí berries come from açaí palm, a tree native to Brazil and northern part of South America, found mostly in the rainforests of the Amazon. For centuries açaí has been considered a very important healing fruit with many energy – boosting and immune – stimulating properties. What are its main benefits and why is it worth adding it to our diet?
Antioxidants are natural or man – made) substances that prevent or delay certain types of cell damage. Foods that are high in antioxidants are extremely important and should have a secure place in our lives. Luckily for us, açaí berries are one of those! They are very high in anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant that can well support and balance cholesterol levels and slow down the aging process, as well as plant sterols that support circulation and relax our blood vessels. Consuming a lot of antioxidant – rich foods helps body repair damaged skin and cells much faster and açaí berries can help with skin regeneration, leaving it resilient and healthy – looking.
Some studies show that berries can help control our appetite and boost weight loss, being one of the main ingredients of many weight loss pills and supplements. Açaí can indeed help with our metabolism, controlling blood sugar levels, feeling of hunger and fullness, improving a lot of functions which can help our body better absorb nutrients, break down foods, or eliminate waste, but they cannot be relied solely for losing weight. The berries contain a decent amount of fiber, and are considered a natural digestive cleanser, helping both the liver and kidneys remove waste and toxins from our body.
Eating plenty of foods with antioxidants is a great and a natural way to improve our focus and our memory. Oxidative stress, and inflammation that comes with it, are a major cause of cognitive problems, such as dementia, memory loss or even mental disorders. Açaí pulp seems to have very beneficial and protective effects over brain cells, turning off inflammatory pathways that can damage nerve signals in the brain, stimulating mental functions and helping with clear thinking and maintaining high energy levels.
Açaí berries are very fragile, making them difficult to grow, sell and use. The natural degradation process of açaí berry can happen so quickly, that a lot of their natural properties can be lost. If you live outside of Brazil, then your best bet is to buy powdered açaí berry. You can add it to smoothies, breakfast bowls or even combine with vegetables.
The berries are generally safe to consume as long as you are not allergic or have sensitivities. If you are not sure, it’s better to consult a doctor or nutritionist before trying them out. Enjoy!