By Margarita Nahapetyan
In a recent time there has been a lot of talk about some sensational wonder food - the Acai Berry - a panacea to those who wish to look young and lose weight without changing their lifestyle or activity levels. Acai berry juices and supplements have become increasingly popular in regards to their antioxidant qualities, anti-aging properties and potential weight loss benefits.
The acai berries are small purple colored fruits that can only be found in Brazil, they grow on the acai Palm trees in the South America Rain Forest. For decades, people in Brazil have been using the produce of the acai palm tree as a food source as well as a source of building materials, with every day use products made from the fibers, bark and leaf fronds of the tree. Acai berries from the tree are being used as a pulpy purple juice which is obtained after the berries are soaked in the water, to soften the outer skin and then squashing and straining the resulting liquid. Mixed with tapioca and sometimes sugar, Acai juice for many years has been included in the diet of the South American people and also was used for medical purposes.
The acai berry has an amazing mix of nutrients, being rich in healthy Omega-3 and Omega-9 acids, B-vitamins, proteins and minerals along with phyto-nutrients, which are essential for human health and in the prevention of degenerative diseases. Minerals contained in the berries are potassium, manganese and copper. However, it is the extremely high antioxidant levels present in the food that grab most of the attention. The berries are in the same the family as other darkly colored fruits such as blueberries and cranberries. The pigmentation of these fruits is due to the antioxidants anthocyanins and flavonoids. Fruits and vegetables that have the deepest purple and blue coloration are the ones that are richest in these antioxidants.
The acai berry contains 20 times more the quantity of anthocyanins than the levels provided by red wine, consumed by the French in volume, and known to be a part of a lifestyle which results in lower rates of heart-related problems, arthritis and diabetes. Studies on the ability of acai extract to mop up and destroy the oxygen free radicals such as super oxide dismutase have demonstrated that it is the most powerful natural antioxidant yet discovered, more powerful than other foods the scientists have ever tested.
Being a strong antioxidant, the berry helps a body to get rid of the toxins - detoxify. Detoxifying leads to losing weight, gaining more energy and overall better health. In addition, acai berries act as an energy booster similar to caffeine, therefore increasing levels of energy even better than detoxifying alone would do.
One of the most significant benefits of the acai berry is the relationship between the fruit as a source of natural Resveratrol and the idea of staying healthy, young and good looking. Resveratrol is an anthocyanin, and has shown its benefits in almost every aspect of the heath and well-being of human beings. It is commonly known as the anti aging compound. So, if you are interested in the anti aging benefits of acai, then try it out and see for yourself.
If you want to increase your energy, you can achieve it with the carbohydrates, fiber and protein that are present in acai barriers. If you want to improve your immune system, you can do so because the berries are loaded with antioxidants. If you want to lose weight you can do it as well because the berries suppress the appetite and increase the metabolism.
Starting prices for many supplements and juices are usually around 30 USD, and this is for less than a 30-day supply. However many supplements cost significantly more.