Is it a blueberry, a raspberry, or perhaps a cranberry? No, it is a berry that bears a scientific name Euterpe oleracea Martius– a small, reddish- dark violet fruit that has a very distinctive taste of red wine and chocolate. This delicious and precious fruit, commonly called Acai berry, was almost unknown to us ten years ago.
It grows on palms trees hidden deeply in the Amazon forests and swamps, in Brazil, as well as in the northern parts of South America. The native people have been handpicking and utilizing Acai berries as food and medicine for hundreds of years.
Here are at least 11 important reasons why acai berry is super healthy for you:
1.It has a superior antioxidant capacity. It appears almost at the top of the ORAC score, which is a measurement of the amount of antioxidants a certain food possesses.
The abbreviation stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. The dark red and purple color of acai berry indicates the presence of valuable colored pigments, anthocyanins in particular, that act as remarkable health-protective antioxidants.
Just for illustration, the amounts of anthocyanins in acai berry are ten times bigger than in red grapes, and up to 30 times higher than in red wine. Furthermore, the antioxidants present in acai berry are easily and fully absorbed by our cells, neutralizing the certain types of free radicals very effectively.
2. It maintains skin health and prevents premature aging of the skin, again thanks to its amazingly high content of antioxidants. Our skin is the organ that mirrors all the inner changes in our body. Premature wrinkles, discoloration, and saggy appearance are the early signs of free radical damage to the skin. Acai berry slows down the aging process, provides elasticity and beautiful complexion of the skin.