Chances are that if you’ve even stepped near a health food store in the past few years, you’ve heard of an amazing super-fruit claimed to be one of the greatest super-foods of our time; the Acai/Açaí (ah-sigh-ee) berry. There are numerous healthy berries that would be a great addition to your diet, but the Acai berry is one of the healthiest berries you will ever find.
This antioxidant-rich fruit has been heralded for centuries as a healing, immune-stimulating, energy-boosting fruit. Research has shown that this antioxidant-rich berry may be able to fight the health problems associated with oxidative damage, not to mention many other health benefits.
Acai berries are the fruits of the acai palm, a species of palm tree native to Central and South America (Botanical name: Euterpe oleracea). These berries, which are characterized by their blueberry / grape-like appearance and bitter taste, have been cherished by the Amazonian natives for centuries due to their incredible medicinal properties. These properties, which are slowly being validated by ongoing studies, are the reason why acai berries, along with other Amazonian foods such as cacao and maca – have become synonymous with the ‘superfood’ label.
A superfood can be defined as a food that offers superior nutritional value for the amount of calories it contains. More and more people are starting to experience the health-giving benefits of superfoods such as Goji berries, Noni fruit and now Acai berries. Acai berries are considered one of the top superfoods, generally due to their incredible antioxidant properties, and are said to have numerous other health benefits. So what can Acai do for you?