There has been a lot of buzz about acai berry, and I’m sure you’ve been stung by this “superfood” in one way or another. The acai fruit has been used in anything from weight loss and anti-aging products to cosmetic and beauty products because it is believed to have antioxidant properties. Acai berry juice has also been coasting on its own wave of popularity, and some companies are making big money off of selling this nutritious and refreshing drink. So what’s the deal with acai berry and all of its offspring products? You’re looking in the right place to find out the answer.
Acai berries look similar to blueberries, except they are about an inch in size, and have a deeper purple tint than the blueberries. It is produced on the acai palm tree, which is native only to South and Central America; here, the acai palm trees grow abundantly in swampland areas. People in these parts of the world consume acai berries as part of their daily diet, and it’s almost as if they couldn’t live without it because it is so widely consumed. When the United States picked up on this craze in the 1990s, the acai fruit was sold not only in fruit form, but also in powders, dietary supplement tablets, and juices. The acai fruit has been researched because of all its health properties, but mainly because of its antioxidant activity.
What’s so special about acai berry? The answer to this is simple, but the meaning is gigantic. First, let’s break down the nutrients that constitute acai berries; they are numerous and plentiful. Acai berries are full of vitamins and minerals that offer plenty nutritional benefits, but we will get to that in a minute; the other part of acai berries that are good for us are substances called flavonoids and anthocyanins (“antho” meaning plant & “cyanin” meaning blue), which are both powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that can fight off damaging free radicals that are produced by the body as by-products; when I say damaging, I mean free radicals can damage cells in the body, causing the oxidation and mutation of some cells, the latter sometimes leading to cancer. By eating a diet rich in antioxidants—which is not a difficult thing to do—you can slow the aging process and help fight off certain diseases by neutralizing free radicals. Anthocyanins are responsible for the reddish-purplish-bluish color in many fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
In a nutshell, here are the health benefits of acai berry. Acai berry has powerful antioxidants that help slow down the aging process that can occur prematurely, fight off damaging free radicals, and revent heart disease, other cardiovascular diseases, and some forms of cancer. Acai berry has plenty of fiber to keep you feeling satisfied and help assist with weight loss. Acai berries have anti-inflammatory characteristics. Acai berries can help lower blood cholesterol, and keep it from getting high, because it is rich in dietary fiber and beta-sitosterols. Acai berries also have omega fatty acids that help the muscular system, nervous system, and brain function properly. Acai berries are a complete source of amino acids because they contain most all the essential ones, which allows for the body to have plenty of energy. Acai berry juice and the actual berries have about twice the amount of antioxidants than blueberries. Acai berries can detoxify and cleanse the body.
Interestingly enough, because the acai berry tree is used to make something that encourages weight loss, acai berry trees also produce food. For example, the stem of the acai berry plants are often used in salads. It is the fruit of the tree, though, that is used to manufacture acai berry diet pills. Acai berries are small, about 1 inch in diameter, and are a deep, rich blackish purple color. A single large seed can be found nestled within the fruit of the acai berry. Luckily for the manufacturers of acai berry diet pills, acai palm trees bear two crops of fruit each year. This is fortunate, because as people have discovered the power of acai berry diet pills, the tree’s and fruit’s popularity has exploded.
Manufacturers do not only use the fruit of the acai tree to make acai berry diet pills. They also use acai berries to produce other dietary supplements, including acai berry juice, acai berry smoothies, and acai berry instant drink powders. Some even offer the acai berry as a whole fruit. Marketers also do not just advertise acai berries as weight loss aids. They also claim that acai berries can aid in a whole host of problems. Marketers of acai berry products claim that they can improve the appearance of acne, provide the body’s needed dose of fiber, improve digestion, encourage body purity, improve heart health, improve sleep, reduce cholesterol levels, and increase sexual performance.
There has been some debate about the efficacy of the claims that acai berries, including acai berry diet pills, do what their manufacturers and marketers claim that they do. If you plan on taking acai berry diet pills, first consult your primary care physician. Your physician will determine whether acai berry diet pills are the best course of action for your weight loss journey and, if he or she determines they are not, can help you reach your weight loss goals through other means.