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Acai Berry Superfoods – Are Acai Berries Really That Healthy?

The Health Benefits of Acai Berries

Acai Berries on the Palm Tree"Acai Berries are superfoods!" We're hearing it everywhere now. But is it true? Are Acai Berries really that healthy? In time when every food seems to be artificial and medical companies stuff us with the newest cures for everything, some people try to find help using natural products to cure the various health problems.

Over time we forgot how powerful nature can be, after all we only duplicate its achievements in medicine. That is why a category of super foods has been invented, foods so packed with healthy nutrients that they can be called natural medicine or superfoods.

Probably the most wide spread family of superfoods are vegetables from 'Allium' family – vegetables like garlic, onions or leeks. This not very glamorous group of vegetables, contains flavonoids, which stimulate production of antioxidants in the liver, thus detoxifying your body.

Up until today  blueberries where one of the most famous superfoods. They have a high number of antioxidants (ORAC value), anthocyanins and phytochemicals, preventing aging, cancer and numerous brain diseases. Blueberries are the food of choice for many healthy people in Europe and the USA.

Recently, the spotlight has been taken off the Blueberries by a new berry, the Acai Berry.

Is the Acai Berry the #1 Superfood?

When acai berries where first introduced to the public eye, there were numerous talks about how healthy it is. However, publicity seemed to focus all of it's attention on the very high antioxidants level, leaving in the background wealth of other healthy details about this berry.

The first thing I want to mention about the Acai Berry, is the very high level of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are located mainly in peels of vegetables/fruits. They offer a very powerful protection against harmful free radicals, which develop as a result of exposure to radiation, the UV light, smoking, smog and various other metabolic processes.

Not only that, they also preserve delicate antioxidants within the fruit. While, you may have heard that red whine has a large number of anthocyanins, Acai has 10 to 30 times more, depending on the quality and ripeness of the berries. Acai berry is also very high on dietary fiber. 100 grams of Acai berries contain 45 grams of fiber.Acai Berries are rich in healthy unsaturated fats from omega family, which have been proven to help you with anything from your brain to preventing cancer. In Acai you will find mainly the most important omega-3 and omega-9 fatty acids.

Additionally, acai berries contain a lot of protein and amino acids. Acai has 19 different amino acids, which are crucial for growth, maintenance and repair of your body tissues. Our bodies can produce only 11 of these amino acids, so you have to supply the rest with your diet.

Acai also offers three different plant sterols: sigmasterol, campesterol and B-sitosterol. These three sterols are invaluable to health of your heart. This concludes the benefits of Acai Berries. Even if you don't believe in the weight loss hype of acai berries (acai berries are beneficial for weight loss due to stopping the carving for food), these berries are still the best choice of superfoods! With more than 100,000  (102,700 μ mol TE/100 gram),it is the world's antioxidant richest fruit known today!

The Health Benefits of Acai Berries

Acai Berry Helps for High Blood Pressure and Weight Loss

Acai Palm Tree The acai berry is growing in south America for many centuries. The amazing health benefits of the Acai berry started to get introduced to the western world during the late 90's and it took until 2005 until the Acai berries got introduced to a broad audience by Oprah Winfrey.

The Acai berry, pronounced "ah-sigh-ee". It is believed that the tribes of the Amazon in Brazil have used the benefits of this superfood for centuries already. The Amazon is the world's largest rain forest and one third of the population's plants and animals reside there. Here, in this remote region of the world, is where the acai berry has been discovered. The Amazon river has borders to eight different countries and supplies one fifth of the worlds freshwater.

The reason acai is so revered is because of its health promoting properties and high content of antioxidants. When eaten in proper quantities it provides our bodies with enough nutrition to help fight off the harmful effects of free radicals, it lowers high blood pressure, Acai berries decrease high cholesterol levels and helps to reduce joint pain. The Acai berry is also known to be very helpful for weight loss. Acai is also a marvelous source of energy for the human body. It helps to fight off infections, and strengthens the bodies immune system. Modern science is continually documenting the amazing health benefits of the acai berry. Today, the Acai berry has been recognized as one of the worlds top superfoods.

Acai is full of essential phytonutrients, trace minerals, amino acids, and vitamins. It boasts an ORAC score, a newly invented measurement of antioxidant levels, higher than any other fruit and vegetable tested to date on a gram for gram basis. It is rich in proteins and fiber content which aides in a healthy immune system and regulation of the body. Acai comes in a broad variety of foods such as freeze dried, which is the best way to preserve antioxidants, in fruit juices, pills and snack bars. There are many different companies that produce products that contain the acai berry. Companies such as Monavie, Xango, and Goji are top producers of health juice industry.

Research shows that certain acai products provide better nutritional value than others which comes at a higher cost. It's important to differentiate the true nutritional products from the cheap imitations. Science has shown today that freeze drying acai is the best way to capture the vital nutrients in this fruit. Some of the top products have plant-derived glucosamine, which has been scientifically shown to aide in healthy joint function. Some also have added heart health benefits originating from plant sterols, resveratol, and omega 3 fatty acids which makes maintaining healthy cholesterol levels easier.

The amazing health benefits of the Acai berry make it one of the worlds top superfoods.

Photo by: Agência de Notícias do Acre