Acai Berry FAQ – The Most Commonly Asked Questions About This Amazing Little Fruit
As one of the newest superfoods available on the market, the acai berry promises to become a popular way to get nearly complete nutrition in one little fruit. Many people, however, don’t know a lot about this amazing tropical berry. The more information you have about the incredible nutritional value of the acai berry, the more impressed you will be. Here are a few commonly asked questions about acai:
What is the acai berry?
The acai berry is the fruit of the acai palm, which grows in the Amazon rainforest. It is a small, dark fruit about the size of a grape. Only about 10% of the acai berry is edible pulp, with the rest being seed which is separated out during processing. It is high in antioxidants, vitamins and fiber.
Why is the acai berry called a “superfood”?
Superfoods are foods high in phytonutrients, which are chemical compounds responsible for a host of health benefits. They are anti-inflammatory, protect against cancer and free radicals and assist in lowering cholesterol, among other things. The acai berry contains antioxidants, fiber, amino acids, healthy fats and vitamins. It is a complete food with many various health benefits, thus a “superfood”.
Is the acai berry available at local stores?
Not in fresh, berry form. The acai berry itself is extremely perishable and cannot be shipped long distances. It is, however, available as juices, powders, frozen bars, smoothies, preserves and purees. If the acai berry is freeze-dried and/or and minimally processed, its nutritional properties can be preserved. Acai products at local stores should be researched carefully to determine how potent they are.
What are some of the benefits of eating acai berries?
As a superfood, the acai berry can have a positive effect on the entire body. It is believed to improve sleep, increase libido, reduce cholesterol and strengthen the immune system. Acai berries contain some of the building blocks of human cells, and antioxidants that protect cellular damage. Thus they can benefit every cell in the body.
Can the acai berry help prevent cancer?
Studies have shown that foods high in antioxidants help the body fight cancer, by absorbing the free radicals that cause cellular damage. While there is not conclusive evidence that the acai berry actually cures cancer, it does contain the antioxidants and anthocyanins that protect cells and support a healthy immune system.
 
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