The acai berry (pronounced Ah-Sigh-eee) is a native berry of Central and South America which has a number of health benefits, leading to the berries recent status as a ‘superfood’.
It is exceptionally rich in Vitamins A, B, C and E, amongst many other vastly beneficial minerals and nutrients including Selenium, Zinc and Essential Fatty Acids. All of which work together to not only make you feel good but too also look good too.
Due to the high Vitamin A content of the Acai, the skin is able to efficiently retain moisture. Meaning glowing, dewy skin with less chance of dry patches, psoriasis and even wrinkling. Moreover, because the Acai also houses a high level of the mineral Zinc, it helps proper functioning of the enzymes which are required by the body to repair skin wounds and reduce stubborn acne outbreaks, lessen stretch marks, improve dandruff and even eradicate white spots on the fingernails.
Stronger, Whiter Teeth
Smile! Again, the Vitamin A content within Acai can put its hand up and take credit for this one. This is because Vitamin A plays a vital role in the creation of Dentin, which forms the hard layer of material within our teeth.
The more Vitamin A that is available in the body, the stronger the dentin, the stronger the dentin is then the stronger the tooth enamel is going to be.
The Acai can even benefit muscle growth and repair as 100g worth contains an impressive 9g of highly absorbent plant protein. This is even more impressive when you take into account the fact that other fruits typically contain trace zero – just 1 gram of protein. The Acai Berry is also rich in Glucosamine, which is a building block for cartilage, as well as Celadrin which helps cushion joints and support membranes.
These both help strengthen the body, reduce inflammation and help maintain many of the body’s tissues.
Feeling Great: improved Immune System
High levels of Vitamin A also increase the production of the mucous membranes within the body, which means that the main entry points for infection such as the eyes, nose and urinary tract are more heavily guarded or protected against potential infection.
Healthy doses of Vitamin A are also linked superior levels of white blood cells, which act as the body guards against any unknown invaders that enter the blood stream.
Clearer Thinking and Calmer Moods
They say a brain should not be neglected and it’s no surprise the Acai comes in handy here. Due to the high content of both Vitamins and amino acids within the Acai Berry, it helps to assist in the production of the chemical Serotonin. Serotonin allows your brain to feel pleasure and happiness, a healthy level enables peaceful sleep, a feeling of calm and controlled appetite.
Looks can be deceiving, for the tiny Acai berries make up is nearly half fiber (45%). Therefore, you can be well on your way to the recommended 25-30g of fibre a day with a relatively small serving.
Keeping a healthy intake of fibre prevents constipation and moves waste along the digestive tract, minimizing time for toxic waste build up in the colon, meaning ultimately a healthier, happier you!
To summarize, given the multitude of benefits and potent wide range of mineral and vitamin contents, if you were to only supplement your dietary regime withjust one item, the Acai would make for a berry berry good choice!