Date Posted:2 August 2014
WHAT IS THE ACAI BERRY?
The acai berry (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a reddish-purple fruit which comes from an acai palm tree native to Central and South America. Known to locals as the tree of life, the acai tree grows in abundance across the region and until recently, was a well-kept secret only known by natives for its multivitamin properties. It’s one of nature’s superfoods with an array of health benefits and an appealing taste which is described as a fruity red wine flavour with chocolate overtones.
THE BENEFITS OF ACAI
Antioxidants and Anthocyanins : The popularity of Acai is primarily due to its very high concentration of antioxidants. Our bodies are exposed to a variety of toxins and produce trillions of free radicals making us more prone to disease and ageing.
Introducing Acai into your diet can help reduce the effect of free radicals in the body. The acai berry has more than double the antioxidants of blueberries, nearly ten times that of grapes and 10 to 30 times the anthocyanins of red wine. Acai berries contain five anthocyanin flavonoids which can assist in improving recovery time, cholesterol levels and blood sugar metabolism. They also have a very low glycemic index due to the very little natural sugar.
Healthy fats: Nearly 50% of the Acai Berry is healthy fat and 74% of the fat comes from the healthy unsaturated fats of Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9. These three fatty acids play specific roles in overall health including maintaining a healthy immune system, promoting cell development and improving vitamin absorption.
Amino Acids and Protein: Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and nearly 8% of the weight of Acai pulp is from the 19 different amino acids found in the berry. In a 100gram serving of Acai, there is over 8 grams of protein which is vital to proper muscle contractions and regeneration.
Source of Plant Sterols: Acai contains three plant sterols or phytoterols (B-sit sterol, campestrol and sigma sterol) which is a group of natural compounds with structure similar to cholesterol. These compounds are helpful in reducing the levels of cholesterol in the blood plasma.
Vitamins and Minerals: Acai berries are loaded with many essential nutrients and vitamins making them one of the most perfect fruits on the planet. The acai berries are rich in vitamin C, A, B1, B2, B3 and E and also a natural source of calcium, magnesium, zinc and copper.
Fibre: When we think fruit and fibre, we think apples. Acai berries offer 19grams in every 100 grams of freeze dried Acai powder which is an incredibly strong fibre profile. The fibre is found in the acai berry skin and pulp which can aid digestion and support a healthy cardiovascular system.
ACAI AND WEIGHTLOSS
Acai contributes to the overall health of the body and should not be relied upon solely for weight loss. Consider stacking acai with other vitamin and mineral supplements. The antioxidants will help to neutralise the by-products of fat burning and ensure the body can carry on burning fat. The fibre content will help to cleanse the colon and this is one of the steps in achieving weight loss since many of us have sluggish digestion.
Acai can be bought as a standalone nutritional supplement such as capsules, powder and also found blended into other supplements.
At Elite Vitamin Zone we stock Amazonia’s Acai in powder form. Our Amazonia’s Acai powder is made from premium grade Acai pulp, freeze dried at -40 degrees Celsius for maximum nutrient retention here in Australia.