Many of us know about the numerous benefits of berries.
But some of us have only heard of acai while walking past a local café.
And even fewer have tried this exotic fruit.
This deep purple berry is grown on the acai palm tree and native to the rainforests of both Central and South America.
And acai has a long history of traditional use throughout these regions.
You can learn more about the wonderful health benefits of acai berry now by reading through the below.
1. The taste of acai
Let’s face it, it’s much easier to eat a health food when it tastes great and acai delivers in the taste department.
Acai has a similar taste to rich blackberries, with just a hint of a chocolate aftertaste.
This can make them a great addition to your smoothies, teas, juices and yoghurts.
It can even be sprinkled on top of your ice creams if you want!
Again, like you would expect from a berry, acai packs quite a big punch in the antioxidant content department.
So, why are antioxidant levels that important?
Well in a nutshell, every second of every day of our life we are exposed to compounds that have the potential to harm our cells.
These can be compounds we make in our body as a byproduct of making energy (i.e. our metabolism) and they can also be compounds present in our diet, environment and personal care products.
Antioxidants role in the body is to protect our cells from damage from these compounds.
Acai contains quite a few different types of antioxidants including Vitamin C, Vitamin E, anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins to name just a few.
3. Your gut health
By now, we imagine many of you have heard about just how important gut health is for your overall health.
Slowly but surely, lay people and medical professionals alike are realising we can’t just segregate the body into separate parts.
We're learning that we need to look at it as a whole.
Here are just a few things that the gut potentially impacts;
- Weight loss or gain
- How well we detoxify
- Our mental health, the gut is responsible for neurotransmitter production
- How often we get sick or don’t, the gut houses up to 80% of the immune system!
- The health and appearance of our skin
Polyphenols and fibre are two important compounds found in plant foods that can potentially help to regulate our good gut bacteria.
Thankfully, acai contains a decent amount of both of these compounds and can be another fantastic food to add to your healthy daily diet toolkit.
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Most healthy foods and practises are going to have a beneficial impact on our metabolism.
The only issue is we don’t always know much of an effect they have because there aren’t always studies performed on everything and every ingredient.
Thankfully, there was a small study performed on acai berries and metabolic function.
Those who took the acai saw decreases in fasting glucose, insulin and overall cholesterol levels.
In English, this means their metabolic health improved, which potentially makes them less likely to be afflicted with diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
Sounds like a win for us!
5. Blood flow
Research speculates that this wonderful berry can lead to vasodilation, which helps to improve your blood flow.
This is also very similar to the benefits of blueberries too.
Blood flow is important for so many things such as athletic performance, brain function and also keeping warm!
What you (and your partner) decide to do with that increased blood flow is entirely up to you!
Are acai berries for you?
It tastes great, helps improve blood flow, may help to reduce your risk of disease, supports your gut function, protects your cells and so much more.
We're struggling to think of someone who couldn’t benefit from this berry!
Whatever your reason for including acai in your diet, just know that you’re probably doing yourself a huge favour!
Have you ever had acai before? Did you enjoy the taste?
And finally, if you're looking for an easy way to get açai, but you're not into eating the acai berries, look no further than our frozen Acai Berry Smoothie cubes.