There are numerous healthy berries that are a great addition to your diet. The acai berry is one of the healthiest berries you will ever find.
Acai is an indigenous berry found in the rain forests of the Amazon. This antioxidant-rich fruit has been heralded for centuries as a healing, immune-stimulating, energy-boosting fruit. Research reveals this antioxidant-rich berry may help suppress and repair oxidative damage. Let’s take a look at twelve health benefits of acai berries.
1. Promotes Heart Health
Similar to red wine, research shows that acai berries are extremely high in anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant that supports balanced cholesterol levels.[2, 3] They are also rich in plant sterols that provide cardio-protective benefits, including supporting circulation, improving overall blood composition, and relaxing the blood vessels.[4, 5]
2. Resists Harmful Organisms
3. Aids Weight Loss
Known by nutritionists as a superfood, acai may help us not only lose weight, but maintain a healthy weight. One interesting study found that pulp from the acai berry had the ability to reduce fat deposits in study participants.
4. Promotes Skin Health
Acai oil is a great natural alternative to chemical based skin care products. Currently, many modern beauty products contain acai oil because of the oil’s high antioxidant content. Taken internally, the berries provide nutrition that can give your skin a healthy glow. In fact, Brazilians have been eating acai berries for centuries to promote skin health.
5. Helps Digestion
Acai may also aid in keeping the digestive system clean and functional. In the human body, the berries have powerful detoxification capacities and are a well-known source of dietary fiber. Of course, there are many other high fiber foods that can do the same thing, including other types of berries.
6. Reduces Irritation
Acai berries contain properties that may prevent the typical irritation in the lungs associated with respiratory distress and swelling.
7. Improves Cellular Health
On a general level, the anthocyanins found in acai play a role in the body’s cellular protection system, helping to keep cells strong against the invasion of free radicals.
8. Immune Booster
One study found that polyphenolic compounds extracted from acai reduced the proliferation of malfunctioning cells by up to 86%. It is thought that acai berry contains phytochemicals that can disrupt cell mutation at a molecular level, killing the affected cells before they multiply. Acai berries are not a cure for any disease, but hopefully more research will examine their benefits and potential for supporting the immune system.
9. Has Anti-Aging Effects
Extremely high in many forms of phytochemicals, acai berries may slow or reverse aging processes as they relate to oxidative damage. In fact, the berries are one of the best sources of antioxidants; one berry has ten times the amount of antioxidants as grapes, and two times the amount of blueberries.
10. Boosts Energy
Due to its overall health benefits, taking acai extract can lead to an increased overall level of energy and stamina, and may aid to combat fatigue and exhaustion. Whenever you need a boost, simply eat a handful of berries and you will be ready to go in no time!
11. Encourages a Healthy Libido
This famous purple berry has also been linked to overall increased blood circulation in the human body, a phenomenon that may contribute to a boost in sex drive, especially for men.
12. Improves Mental Function
Consuming Acai Berries
Buy organically-certified acai berries and pulp. Not only are they safer, they taste better too. If you can’t find acai berries, another good source of antioxidant fruits are goji berries.
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