If you’ve never heard of the acai (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) berry, you’re missing out on the enormous benefits this superfood offers. So let’s get schooled on this reddish purple fruit harvested from the acai palm tree, which is native to the rainforests of Brazil (as always, consult your doctor before taking any supplements).
Let’s keep you looking younger. The acai berry contains anthocyanins and antioxidants – elements that have been linked to a slowing of the body’s aging process. Studies indicate that acai berry has 10 times more antioxidants than grapes and fully twice as many as blueberries, making them extremely beneficial for those of us trying to thwart the aging process (and who wouldn’t want to?).
How does a boost of energy sound? Tired of hitting the wall day after day, no matter what you do? Acai berry is known to increase energy levels, and that’s a plus considering the hectic pace of life these days. There are times when we can all use some help maintaining enough energy to fulfill our daily obligations. That is especially true for those of us who work a non-traditional shift, like day-evening, or evening-night shifts as we’re pretty much designed to be awake during the day and asleep at night. Studies indicate regular acai berry supplementation can boost your body’s energy levels; increased energy levels mean more work gets done, making you more productive and valuable.
Keep your ticker ticking better. The acai berry has been found to improve overall cardiovascular health by improving the flow of blood and other nutrients to the heart and other organs. The acai berry is rich in omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids, which are known to lower levels of bad cholesterol in the body. It’s well known that bad cholesterol can accumulate in the form of plaque along the walls of arteries and if not properly treated or prevented in the first place, can eventually block blood vessels, causing stroke, heart attack or even sudden death. Acai berry also contains anthocyanins, the same substance found in red wine, which has also been shown to improve cardiovascular flow and function.
Good for hearts – and minds. Data shows that acai berry is good for both body and mind, by balancing the body’s nervous system. “Most neuro-psychiatric problems arise from the imbalance of the nervous system,” says AcaiBerryBenefits.org. “Depression is also prevented if the stability of the mind and body is maintained. When the physical body is stable and functioning properly, the mind is also in harmony to the body preventing mental health problems.”
Take the extra pounds off. When eaten in conjunction with a healthy diet, acai berry can contribute to weight loss by boosting both metabolism and your energy levels. Also, the antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acids are much safer than many of the so-called “diet pills” and other products. What’s more, acai berry is not known for harmful side effects.
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