Açaí fruit is a small, deep-purple berry that grows in the Amazon floodplains on the tall, slender Açaí palm tree, which is a native of the Brazilian Rainforest. The edible fruit is small and round resembling a grape, but smaller and darker. The berry contains a single, large seed with very little pulp and is surrounded by stringy fibrous sheaths and a thin, oily coating. The Açaí has been used for thousands of years by the indigenous tribes of the area for its extraordinary nutritional and healing qualities; Brazilians actually call it the “Tree of Life.” It is only possible eat fresh Açaí if you happen to live in the Amazon Rainforest. Açaí is very perishable and spoils within 24 hours of being picked from the Açaí palm tree.
Açaí berries contain a number of substances that could boost health. For one, Açaí berries seem to have very high levels of antioxidants – comparable to cranberries, but higher than blueberries, strawberries, and other fruits. In lab studies, antioxidants protect cells from damage that can lead to diseases like cancer, in addition to possibly directly inhibiting the growth of some types of cancer. Substances in Açaí berries may reduce inflammation and could possibly slow the spread of cancer cells. Also, some lab studies of Açaí extracts led to positive effects on blood vessels that could be useful for many different medical conditions. Açaí berries also contain healthy fatty acids, such as oleic acid, one of the same oils found in olive oil.
- Supports a healthy immune system
- Cleanses and detoxifies the body
- Rejuvenates the mind, body and spirit
- Increase energy, libido and stamina
- Promotes healthy skin, hair and nails
- Maintains the healthy function of bodily systems and organs
Recommended Use or Purpose: Açai provides antioxidants and Vitamin C helps the body to metabolize fats and proteins, as well as helps in the development of cartilage, teeth and gums.