Superfoods: Acai - Nature's Energy Fruit

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Posted by Meeta K


It may seem odd to start this list of superfoods with one you’ve likely never even heard of. But studies have shown that this little berry is one of the most nutritious and powerful foods in the world! Açaí (ah-sigh-ee) is the high-energy berry of a special Amazon palm tree. Harvested in the rainforests of Brazil, açaí tastes like a vibrant blend of berries and chocolate. Hidden within its royal purple pigment is the magic that makes it nature's perfect energy fruit. Açaí is packed full of antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. Although açaí may not be available in your local supermarket, you can find it in several health food and gourmet stores (often in juice form). A new product featuring the unsweetened pulp is now also available, and I highly recommend that you choose this form of açaí.

Açaí pulp contains:
A remarkable concentration of antioxidants that help combat premature aging, with 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes and 10 to 30 times the anthocyanins of red wine.
A synergy of monounsaturated (healthy) fats, dietary fiber and phytosterols to help promote cardiovascular and digestive health.
An almost perfect essential amino acid complex in conjunction with valuable trace minerals, vital to proper muscle contraction and regeneration.
The fatty acid content in açaí resembles that of olive oil, and is rich in monounsaturated oleic acid. Oleic acid is important for a number of reasons. It helps omega-3 fish oils penetrate the cell membrane; together they help make cell membranes more supple. By keeping the cell membrane supple, all hormones, neurotransmitter and insulin receptors function more efficiently. This is particularly important because high insulin levels create an inflammatory state, and we know, inflammation causes aging.

Since the Acai Berry is so perishable we are not able to go to the local fruit market and buy a basket of Acai berries. The good news is, companies like Sambazon have developed a process to export frozen Acai pulp and freeze dried Acai powder.
The highest quality Acai supplements will be made with Sambazon freeze dried acai. Spray dried and "extract" Acai supplements should be avoided at all costs.

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18 comments:

Ooooh !!! I love Acais. I have an interesting story too.. We usually have acais in the form of this drink - Acai Energy Bowl from Robeks. This is the only other time I have see the fruit Acai in a blog :) :)

Whee !!!

Mythili said...
June 6, 2007 at 7:00:00 PM GMT+2  

You know from a previous post that I love it..have it everyday! Great to get all those omegas in!

Helen said...
June 6, 2007 at 7:03:00 PM GMT+2  

I enjoy Acai juice as well. Just recently discovered. I've tried many of them, like Sambazon and Bossa Nova, and even this brand of Acai powder called AcaiGogo that you mix with any drink. I've tried it in my water bottles and it mixes well.

CinivaBlogs said...
June 6, 2007 at 9:39:00 PM GMT+2  

That's great to hear that you can find açaí there too! I think Haagen Dazs has a Brazilian Acai Berry Sorbet.

Cris said...
June 7, 2007 at 2:38:00 AM GMT+2  

Acai (pronounced Asa-yee) was an acquired taste for me. I first tried Acai-flavoured coconut water and din't care much. But, in recent times, I have learnt to appreciate its taste!

Suganya said...
June 7, 2007 at 7:22:00 AM GMT+2  

Acai, is a great source of healthy benefits. I just need to find a place where we can get the products on a more regular basis here in Germany.

Meeta said...
June 7, 2007 at 8:55:00 AM GMT+2  

I have taken a great interest to the Acai Berry and believe that like the many other foods that nature has provided we can all benefit from their abilities to heal but certainly the Acai berry has made me turn my head and think about what nature really does have to offer in this high tech world.

Magic Berry said...
May 7, 2008 at 8:38:00 AM GMT+2  

well this nature's food is so good.


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Improvedliving said...
December 20, 2008 at 10:04:00 AM GMT+1  

Word is spreading fast about the Acai super food and the wonderful benefits that you can get from it.

acai berry diet said...
January 31, 2009 at 11:14:00 PM GMT+1  

Theres almost too many benefits to list them all here! Seriously, the acai berry is an amazing food with a great number of antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients. Its cool that the word is finally spreading and people across the globe are trying it.

Acai Berry said...
February 5, 2009 at 2:22:00 AM GMT+1  

A remarkable concentration of antioxidants that help combat premature aging, with 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes and 10 to 30 times the anthocyanins of red wine.

Acai Berry said...
April 23, 2009 at 1:47:00 PM GMT+2  

the acai berry is an amazing food with a great number of antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients. Its cool that the word is finally spreading and people across the globe are trying it.

Yeast Infection said...
June 8, 2009 at 2:39:00 PM GMT+2  

I enjoy Acai juice as well. Just recently discovered. I've tried many of them, like Sambazon and Bossa Nova, and even this brand of Acai powder called AcaiGogo that you mix with any drink.

June 12, 2009 at 8:59:00 AM GMT+2  

That's great to hear that you can find açaí there too! I think Haagen Dazs has a Brazilian Acai Berry Sorbet.


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DeandraDottin said...
July 7, 2009 at 7:23:00 AM GMT+2  

This berry really seems quite nutritious. If you havn't tried, I suggest you do.

Acai Berry said...
September 3, 2009 at 10:32:00 PM GMT+2  

Thank you for another great article. Where else could anyone get that kind of information in such a perfect way of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I am on the look for such information.

Teeth Whitening said...
January 20, 2010 at 6:14:00 AM GMT+1  

I have just started buying an Acai drink and I have to say it's delicious! A great way to get all Acai's health benefits in in one go.

Apidexin said...
February 4, 2010 at 3:55:00 PM GMT+1  

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