Until the mid 1990s, knowledge of the acai fruit was limited to only the indigenous people living in and around the Amazon rainforests of Brazil and neighboring countries in South America. For thousands of years, this nutrient-rich but highly perishable berry provided the local people with a host of nutritional benefits. Fortunately for people living outside the Americas, today the nutritious berry is now available to us all over world.
It is no secret that eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals and including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables will help maintain a healthy body. The Acai berry can go long way to help provide you with the nutrients you need for good all-round health as well as specific health goals such as weight-loss or better athletic performance.
Acai berries are packed with vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, C, and also vitamin E. It also contains 19 essential amino acids, omega fatty acids, 3 plant sterols and dietary fibre. And on top of all that, the level of antioxidants is said to be one of the highest of all natural foods.
The Acai berry contains antioxidants that are similar to those found in resveratrol (often sold as grape-seed extract and Japanese knotweed extract). Some nutritional advisors are saying that, as well as their better known function of 'scavenging' damaging free radicals which would otherwise cause cellular damage in the body, these antioxidants can be beneficial in reducing mucoid plaque .
One major drawback of this amazing berry is (as mentioned above) that it is easily perishable and must be processed within 24 hours of harvesting, then quickly freeze-dried to preserve the maximum amount of nutrients before its long journey to the western world begins.
When looking for a good acai berry supplement, the main things to check for are: how fresh is the acai-berry extract in the supplement? – and how much acai is there in the juice or capsule compared with other ingredients?