The past few years, acai berry has become another “magic solution” and quick fix for weight loss, but this tiny berry has so much more to offer to us in the west. Its nutritional value is so high that it earned a label of superfood. No wonder if there are so many hidden benefits within the little grape-like berry such as plenty of flavonoids and potent antioxidants (for example anthocyanins), plus source of Omega 6 and Omega 9 fatty acids (good fats).
Acai berry grows in boggy areas of the Amazon rainforest, in Central and South America. The berries are small and round (ca 25 mm) and grow on huge palm trees called açaí palms that can reach over 80 feet in height. As you can see in the image below the berries grow in bunches, usually from 3 to 8 bunches per a palm tree.
Though acai berry was introduced to the Western World in the 1990’s for the first time, it’s been around for thousands of years and enjoyed by the native people of Amazonian forests. For example, the three traditional Caboclo tribes in Brazilian Amazon eat so much of acai berries that it makes up to 42% of their total food intake by weight. Also, the Shuar tribes have used acai berries as a medicine for centuries.
The Best Method of Processing Acai Berry
When ripe, acai berries look very similar to grapes and blueberries, except that they are not quite as spongy. They contain a big, uneatable seed, which constitutes as much as 90% of the entire fruit! The best method of processing the fruit is through freeze drying. It is not the cheapest or fastest process, but it preserves the integrity of the berry without the need of adding artificial substances. In a nutshell, freeze drying requires little heat and no additives. The acai pulp is dried, frozen and turned into a powder that can be added to drinks, ice cream, cereal and other cold dishes –while maintaining the highest nutritional value!
The Three Most Known Health Benefits
– Heart health support: Research has shown that acai berries containing high levels of anthocyanins and are also rich in phytosterols which may provide cardio-protective support for our cells.
– Energy support: Acai berries contain high levels of plant protein. Together with their high levels of antioxidants and other nutrients, they can offer a great support to maintain high energy levels, stamina, and vitality.
– Weight management support: When trying to get back into shape, you are obviously looking after your diet and prefer nutrient-rich foods that are also naturally low in calories. Not only will this encourage a healthy weight, it will also help to ensure that your general health remains strong during any periods of slimming and reduced food choice. In this way, acai berries can provide ideal weight management support.
Other Multiple Health Benefits
The acai berry has not only many natural antioxidant properties, but it is a natural cholesterol controller. If you eat it regularly it will help you reduce the bad cholesterol in the blood and increase the good cholesterol. There are many other effects of these incredible berries: they support the immune system, fight infections, protect the heart, and control prostate enlargement.
Super Powerful Herbal Formulation by BH Supplements
This is a high potency formulation, that combines 1065mg of freeze-dried acai berry powder and an extract with 465mg of added antioxidants from three other active ingredients – resveratrol, grape seed extract and pomegranate. You can find more about it by clicking on the image below: