In this article, you will read about the nature of Acai berry - what are its benefits? where did it come from? and why is it so popular? If you are already familiar with Acai and its health benefits, you may move on to the next articles on ORACS, Omegas and Anthocyanins.
Acai (enunciated ah-sigh-EE) berry can only grow on Acai Palm trees found in the rainforest of Amazon in Brazil. These dark purple berries are smaller than grapes. Most of acai is seed covered in a thin pulp. In fact ninety percent of the berry is seed. However, it is important to note that its seed can't be eaten.
What's with Acai berries that make it special?
Although it is so small, acai berry has proven to have more health benefits compared to most food tenfold its size. The following are facts about this impressive fruit.
In the famous book "The Pericone Promise" written by Dr. Perricone himself, Acai berry was named as the number one Super Food in the world.
You may have also seen the Acai berry featured in the Oprah Winfrey show. Oprah believed that the tiny acai berries are the most powerful and nutritious food in the world.Based on an article from New York Times in 2004, the Acai berry contains antioxidants and amino acids that make it very nutritional. Acai berry may be small but it is known to have double the amount of antioxidants found in blueberries and ten times more compared to grapes.
We won't profess that Acai berry can cure any disease or affliction known to man unlike what other sites do, but we are certain that it delivers fantastic results on people's health. Acai berry can be a part of your diet. Our article "Nutritional Make Up of Acai" will give you more understanding about why Acai is the number 1 Super food.
What does Acai berry taste like?
This fruit definitely tastes fantastic. It's after taste is chocolaty. It tastes sinfully good that it is hard to believe it is very nutritious.
How can I buy my own Acai berry?
It is unfortunate that acai cannot be purchased fresh. This fruit spoils in 24 hours after harvest so getting a fresh one means going to the Amazon forest.
So it can be delivered to the United States, Acai is frozen. It also comes in shakes and smoothies, but these can be very expensive.You can buy capsules with powdered Acai in it. Although it is in concentrated form, freezing or powdering is necessary to keep the nutritional components of Acai.
Is it safe then to buy acai supplements that are sold in the market?
Sorry to burst your bubble, but the products sold on the market differ from each other in terms of Acai concentration. You must know that there are some acai products that are processed incorrectly which leaves out most nutritional benefits from the fruit. We did a little experiment and sent some Acai products to lab tests to check how effective they are. The result of this experiment will be presented in our next article.
To sum up:
The following is our review of Acai berry. Getting fresh Acai may not be possible but frozen Acai pulp is made available through processing the fruit. With the processing expenses that it has to go through, these Acai products can be expensive. There are a lot of these supplements out in the market, but most of these are processed in such a manner by which the pure health essence of Acai can't be maintained.