With their rich nutritional content, acai berries have many benefits on our health. They receive regular attention from celebrities, like Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt, for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Using acai berries for skin care is also growing in popularity.
What Are Acai Berries?
Acai berries are the fruit of the acai palm tree, which grows in Central and South America. Resembling purple grapes, they are rich in essential nutrients like vitamin A, C, E, and zinc. Their vitamin and mineral content give the berry its health properties.
Acai Berries For Skin
So what benefits do acai berries have on our skin?
- Fight Cell Damage & Oxidisation
Acai berries are extremely high in vitamin c, which is an antioxidant. working to fight the cell-damaging free radicals which damage and age the skin. Therefore, acai berries may help to maintain young and radiant skin. A 2006 study conducted by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that acai had by far the highest oxygen radical scavenging activity of any food measured to date, strongly supporting the acai’s antioxidant properties.
- Support Our Natural Collagen Levels
Vitamin C also helps to support and maintain our natural production of collagen. As a protein that makes up our skin, collagen is responsible for its elasticity, moisture, and structure. The vitamin C content in acai berries, therefore, helps to maintain the condition of our skin.
- Maintain Skin Pigmentation
Acai berries also contain copper, which is responsible for maintaining normal pigmentation of our skin. It can help to prevent hyperpigmentation, which is a common, usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in colour than the normal surrounding skin. Research by Fowler et al (2010) found acai berry to be one of the most beneficial natural ingredients for the treatment of hyperpigmentation.
How To Eat Acai Berries
Acai berries have a number of health and beauty benefits. They can be eaten raw, or the juice can be made into smoothies/drinks, ice cream, or even jelly. However, as this berry only grows in a select geographical location (South America) and has a short shelf life, it is much more practical for those of us living within the UK to go for a supplement or freeze-dried version.
- Phytochemical andNutrient Composition of the Freeze-Dried Amazonian Palm Berry, Euterpe oleraceaeMart. (Acai) Schauss, A. G. et al (2006). The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
- Fowler, J.F., Wollery, L. H., Waldorf, H., Sanini, R. (2010). Innovations in natural ingredients and their use in skincare. The Journal of Drugs Dermatology, June 9(6).