ACAI – (pronounced ah-sigh-ee)
Four letters that pack a powerful punch. What is ACAI? ACAI is a berry produced by a palm tree found primarily near the Amazon River. When ripe, the berries are dark purple and about the size of a blueberry. They contain a thin layer ofible pulp surrounding a large seed. Ages ago, before health food crazes, Brazilians used ACAI berries to treat digestive disorders and skin conditions.
Today, ACAI is heralded as a superfood that is packed with two times the antioxidants of blueberries and pomegranate. It also contains healthy Omega fats, protein and dietary fiber. All of which are good for the heart, body, brain and skin.
Dr. Nicholas Perricone, author of the Perricone Promise, details the "secrets" of looking younger and living longer. He discusses the importance of choosing "superfoods" for your daily diet and consumption. According to Dr. Perricone, "superfoods" have a direct link to the "Brain-Beauty Connection". "These foods are rich in either Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), antioxidants or fiber … In addition, [some foods] have been proved to lower or help regulate blood sugar levels-an extremely important factor for all of those concerned with slowing the aging process and preventing diabetes, obesity, wrinkles and a host of degenerative diseases. " (1)
Perricone's # 1 "superfood"? You got it! ACAI!
"ACAí pulp contains:
A remarkable concentration of antioxidants that help combat premature aging, with 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes and 10 to 30 times the anthocyanins of red wine.
A synergy of monounsaturated (healthy) fats, dietary fiber and phytosterols to help promote cardiovascular and digestive health.
An almost perfect essential amino acid complex in conjunction with valuable trace minerals, vital to proper muscle contraction and regeneration. "(2)
ACAI has also been reported to:
- Boost energy
- Fight free radicals
- Improves digestive function
- Improves mental clarity / focus
- Cleanse and detoxify the body
- Strengthens your immune system
- Fight cancerous cells
- Slow down the aging process
- Promote healthy and younger-looking skin
- Alleviate diabetes
- Helps maintain healthy heart function
- Minimizes inflation
Science also supports the benefits of ACAI – A study conducted by the University of Florida (3) found "that the antioxidants [in ACAI] destroyed cultured human cancer cells." Truly, the potential of ACAI is only beginning to be realized.
There is much talk about the health promoting characteristics of this wondrous fruit; but the proof is in the berry itself! Try it!