Açai berries have been all the rage these past few years, not only for their super fun color but because they’ve become a staple superfood worldwide thanks to their health benefits.
This nutritive dark purple fruit is native to the Amazon region and it’s particularly beneficial to health and well-being.
1. What Are Açaí Berries?
2. Nutrient-Dense Wonder Fruit
Açaí berries have a particular nutritional profile for a fruit, as they’re somewhat high in healthy fats and low in sugar.
100 grams of frozen fruit pulp has the following nutritional breakdown:
• Calories: 70
• Fat: 5 grams
• Saturated fat: 1.5 grams
• Carbs: 4 grams
• Sugar: 2 grams
• Fiber 2 grams
• Vitamin A: 15% of the DV
• Calcium: 2% of the DV
According to a Venezuelan study, açaí berries also contain some other trace minerals, including chromium, zinc, iron, copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus.
3. Immune System Booster
Açaí berries are incredibly high in antioxidants, they neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals throughout the body. If these aren’t neutralized can damage cells and lead to diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
An Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) score is what it’s used to measure the antioxidant content of fruits. Just to have a clear vision of the antioxidant amount of these berries: 100 grams of açaí frozen pulp has an ORAC of 15,405, while 100 grams of blueberries has a score of 4,669. Plus the antioxidants in the açaí are well-absorbed by our digestive system.
5. Possible Cholesterol Levels Improvement
It is not unquestionable that açaí berries can help improve cholesterol since until now all have been animal studies but it could have a similar effect in humans.
These animal studies suggest that açaí can decrease “bad” (LDL) and total cholesterol levels. While more research is needed, açaí contains plant sterols, which prevent cholesterol from being absorbed by your body.
They are also rich in plant sterols that provide cardio-protective benefits, including supporting circulation, improving overall blood composition, and relaxing the blood vessels.
6. Boosts Energy and Aids Weight Loss
7. Possible Anti-Cancer Effect
No food is a magic cure although some foods are known to stop cancer cells from spreading.
Animal studies have revealed a possible anti-cancer effect in açaí: in mice, the incidence of colon and bladder cancer has been reduced whereas it had no effect in this second study on stomach cancer.
Researchers confirm that more research is needed including humans since could have the capacity in trading cancer in the future.
8. Reduces Irritation and Improves Cellular Health
9. They Could Boost Brain Function
The antioxidants in açaí counteract the damaging effects of inflammation and oxidation in brain cells, which can negatively affect memory and learning, plant compounds in açaí could also protect your brain from damage as you age.
Several studies have shown this kind of protective effect in lab rats, in one study, açaí even helped improve memory in aging rats.
One of the ways in which the brain stays healthy is by cleaning up cells that are toxic or no longer working, a process known as autophagy. It makes way for new nerves to form, enhancing communication between brain cells.
As you age, this process works less efficiently. However, in lab tests, acai extract has helped stimulate this “housekeeping” response in brain cells.
10. Helps Digestion and Promotes Healthy Skin
Keep in mind that results may vary, information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. The expressed nutritional advice is not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.
That being said we hope you enjoyed this blog post, do you consume açaí in your regular diet? After reading this will you consider to? Let us know in the comments!