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 berry’s recent status as a ‘superfood’.
Acai berries are exceptionally rich in the vitamins A, B, C and E, among many other 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.
The high vitamin A content of the acai berry, when ingested, can help your skin to efficiently retain moisture. This could mean glowing, dewy skin with less chance of dry patches, psoriasis or even wrinkling. Moreover, because acai berries also house a high level of the mineral zinc, they can also help proper enzyme function 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 berries 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.
Acai berries can even benefit muscle growth and repair, where 100g’s 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 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.
Improved immune system
High levels of vitamin A can increase mucous membrane productivity within the body, which means that the main entry points for infection such as the eyes, nose and urinary tract are better protected against potential infection.
Healthy doses of vitamin A are also linked to improved 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
Due to the high content of both vitamins and amino acids within the acai berry, greater acai berry intake could assist in the production of the chemical serotonin. Serotonin allows your brain to feel pleasure and happiness and a healthy level enables peaceful sleep, a feeling of calm and controlled appetite.
These tiny berries are nearly half-fibre (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 to build up in the colon, meaning, ultimately, a healthier, happier you!
In summary: the health benefits of the acai berry, due to its wide range of mineral and vitamin contents, are potent and manifold. If you were to only supplement your dietary regime with one fruit, then the awesome acai would make for a berry, berry good choice!
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