The acai berry is indigenous to the Amazon and is considered one of the most nutritious fruits in the world. This rainforest remedy is truly awesome and is one of the healthiest berries you will ever find! This exotic antioxidant-rich fruit has been prized for a millennia as an energy boosting, immune stimulating fruit with healing powers and it certainly doesn’t disappoint when put to the test by modern science.
This little reddish-purple berry packs a powerful punch when it comes to the health benefits it provides. Consuming acai boosts your immunity and gives you energy, stamina and improved mental focus. Its high fiber content (these berries are 45% fiber) prevents constipation by keeping waste moving in the digestive tract, thereby limiting toxic waste build up in the colon. This alone makes it a fantastic aid for cleansing and detoxing.
Acai berries are good for your heart and help to improve blood circulation. For a fruit, it has a very low sugar content and works to kick your metabolism into gear. Accordingly, it is quite effective in supporting weight loss efforts. This elite superfood is also thought to help in the prevention of serious diseases caused by oxidative stress, like cancer and heart disease, by playing a significant role in neutralizing free radicals in the body. The acai even comes in handy for the brain. The specific blend of vitamins and amino acids assists in the production of serotonin. Serotonin is the happy chemical that enhances your mood, helps you to sleep and even controls your appetite.
Acai berries can help to regulate cholesterol levels because they contain Omega 3, 6 and 9, three of the essential fatty acids. This berry contains valuable trace minerals in conjunction with an almost perfect essential amino acid complex which all help to slow down the aging process and make you look and feel better inside and out. The vitamins and mineral compounds found in acai are phenomenal for skin restoration. Your skin glows, acne is controlled, it helps the body repair wounds and even contributes to lessening the appearance of unsightly stretch marks.
With all this positivity there has to be a catch, right? Actually, not really. There has been a lot of hype surrounding the side effects of this berry, but the fact is there is little truth in all the hype. Many of the side effects can be traced back to what this berry is combined with when manufacturing detox/diet products and supplements. In its pure form, there are no proven side effects, therefore you should always ensure you are consuming pure acai berries or pure acai berry juice – read the labels of what you buy VERY carefully.
One word of warning though, people with pollen allergies should avoid eating acai berries as there is the potential for an allergic reaction. It is a universal truth that anything in excess causes side effects, so please use common sense when eating any of these superfoods, not just acai berries. If you start feeling sick, stop eating it – simple!
If used responsibly, this is an incredible fruit with amazing healing properties. Given the multitude of benefits weighed up against relatively few side effects, if you were to choose just one item to supplement your diet with, the acai would be a berry good one to choose!