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What is Açaí, where does it come from, what are the benefits ?
Pronounced (ah-sigh-eeh). Açaí berries are wild- harvested in the Amazon Rainforest. Açaí berries are the fruit of a palm tree species Euterpe Olerecea.
Its commercialization out of the Amazon has been developed thanks to the prohibition to cut off these palm trees for the heart of the palm. Several national and international organizations helped stopping devastation.
It has been proven that one liter of açaí contains 12 times more anthocyanins than a bottle of red wine. Besides anthocyanins, açaí also contains vitamins E and B1, beta carotene, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, manganese and is fiber rich. It is also a source of fatty acids as good as olive oil.
It supplies 65% of an adult recommended daily needs. As for amino acids, açaí’s properties are very similar to egg’s. It supplies 25% of an adult’s daily needs of protein.
Açaí is considered one of the most nutritious fruits of the world. No wonder it is ranked as Number One Superfood!
Açaí’s pulp is naturally organic and free of fertilizers and other agrochemicals and great for health.
Acai contains several substances such as high levels of anthocyanins and flavonoids. Anthocyanins are responsible for its red, purple color. Also found in red wine and other berries. But açaí is the richest one.
Anthocyanins and flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that help defend the body against stressors. They also play an important role in the body’s cell protection system. Free radicals are harmful byproducts produced by the body. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants help against aging and the disease process by neutralizing free radicals. Anthocyanins help reduce the risk of some diseases, such as heart and vascular diseases, acne, as well as cancer. They help prevent memory and vision loss, motor coordination, and help minimize Alzeimer effects.