The acai berry is an inch-long, reddish-purple fruit. It comes from the acai palm tree, which is native to Central and South America. They have been used by the indigenous people of the Amazon region for centuries. These berries are famous for their incredible medicinal properties. The acai berry is a potent immune and energy booster, and has been proven to heal many diseases.
Pureberry is one of the few companies in South Africa to offer Acai Berries. We offer three types of Acai bowls. The Rio De Janeiro, the Sao Paulo and the Brazilian.
People are experiencing the health-giving benefits of superfoods such as Acai berries. A superfood can be defined as a food that offers superior nutritional value for the number of calories it contains. Acai berries are considered one of the top superfoods, generally due to their incredible antioxidant properties they are said to have numerous other health benefits.
What is the Acai Berry?
Acai berry is a dark purple colour fruit which is similar in shape to a grape. These berries grow in huge clusters near the tops of palm trees, which grow in the Amazon rain forests. Each Acai berry contains just 10% fruit and pulp and a large seed, harvesting this fruit is laborious since the tree has no branches and each cluster of berries needs to be cut and brought down manually to preserve the fruit and pulp. Acai is expensive since the berries must be freeze dried within 24 hours to keep their nutritional profile intact. Freeze drying preserves the goodness of Acai berries found in the skin and pulp and not in the juice.
Acai evolved from the obscurity of the rain forests into the cities of Brazil where it was mixed into health-giving smoothies. Surfers and sports people claimed that it boosted their energy levels. Scientists latched onto this and found that Acai did indeed have beneficial properties.
The taste of Acai berries, once processed described as a fruity red wine flavour with chocolate overtones. Within the nutritional pulp and skin, Acai berries are packed with antioxidants, amino acids, fibre, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals making it a perfect fruit.
The popularity of Acai is primarily due to its very high concentration of antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules that prevent the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation produces free radicals which can damage the cells and glands within our bodies making us prone to disease and ageing.
Our bodies are exposed to a variety of toxins and produce trillions of free radicals, it is important to reduce the effect of free radicals in the body. Having a diet rich in antioxidants is the first step and introducing Acai into your diet is another way of preventing free radical damage.
Acai has more than double the amount antioxidants of blueberries and nearly ten times that of grapes.
The antioxidants found in Acai berry, anthocyanins, are excellent for heart health. Heart disease is increasingly becoming a problem in the world and finding natural ways of keeping your cardiovascular system healthy is an excellent option.
Circulating cholesterol, no matter whether you have high or low levels, gets oxidised, it sticks to the walls of arteries causing their narrowing. This build-up of plaque eventually leads to high blood pressure which is of course dangerous.
The fibre found in Acai berry skin and pulp can aid digestion. Fibre can help prevent or relieve constipation and may help support a healthy cardiovascular system.
Pureberry have many customers that have tried one of our Acai bowls, the customers have reported feeling great after eating them and enjoy the many health benefits that Acai Berries offer.
Acai is naturally high in essential fatty acids having a fatty acid profile like olive oil. The link between essential fatty acids and heart health and a healthy nervous system is well known.
Acai berries contain amino acids which help promote muscle performance, energy production, endurance and strength. Acai berries contain as much Vitamin C as blueberries and is also a source of Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and E. It is also a source of calcium, magnesium, zinc and copper.
A healthy lifestyle including a variety of vegetables, quality protein and fruit coupled with some form of exercise will be of benefit to losing weight.
Acai can be of benefit for losing weight; however, it should not be relied solely for losing weight. Antioxidants do help to neutralise the by-products of fat burning and thus ensure that the body can carry on burning fat. Acai’s fibre content will help to cleanse the colon, and this is one of the steps in achieving weight loss since many of us don’t have ideal digestion.
Acai has numerous health benefits and it tastes delicious. With such amazing nutritional qualities, it is not difficult to understand why Acai berries can be beneficial for your health.
At Pureberry we use Acai berries in our special Super Food Meals. They are both delicious and healthy.