The acai berry is a tiny fruit that grows from a palm tree along the Amazon River in the South American rainforest. The flavor of the acai has been described as chocolate and wild berries. Because of the fragile nature of the acai berry, it is typically available in dried or flash-pasteurized form, puree, juice or tea.
Acai is often used in berry bowls, healthy smoothies and juices and is added to desserts for both color and flavor.
Acai provides an abundance antioxidants, fiber, protein and essential fatty acids and it is considered such a great source of nutrition that it has been nicknamed “purple gold.” In addition to being consumed, the acai berry is a popular ingredient for skin and hair products, as well as a natural food coloring, thanks to its purple hue.
Below are some of the healthy benefits of the acai berry:
- Helps with Weight Loss: Due to the low sugar and high fiber content found in the acai berry, it is used to help with weight loss.
- Contains High Level of Antioxidants: Antioxidants are important to bodily health due to the fact that they protect the body from damage of free radicals that damage cells, leading to heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Research has shown that the body readily absorbs the antioxidants found in acai, which is more than double the amount found in blueberries.
- Supports Healthy Cholesterol Levels: Because of the protein source and essential fatty acids found in acai berries they have the potential to help lower cholesterol levels and rid the body of LDL cholesterol.
- Improves Digestion: The fiber and antioxidants equip the acai berry with the ability to help improve digestion
The acai berry comes from the South American rainforests and grows on palm trees that are sixty to eight foot tall. The berries grow in clusters and are rather perishable due to the lack of acid and sugar that is typically found in other fruits.
The Amazon tribes have traditionally used the acai berry to treat diarrhea and other digestive ailments and while they have consumed then for centuries, they were virtually unheard of by the rest of the world until around ten years ago.
The acai berry looks very similar to grapes and it is loaded with vitamins and nutrients. The little acai berry provides a lot of benefits and has a lot of culinary uses.