Acai, There is No Berry Better for Your Healthy Life
The term “superfood” has gained a lot of attention in the health and wellness industry over the past few years.
It is a term that does not have a specific designation or category and is more of a marketing term than a nutrition term. The American Heart Association (AHA) states that there are no criteria for a food to earn this title. While it may be a term created by marketing strategists the foods which earn the title should receive heavy consideration in anyone’s diet regimen. These foods are nutritionally dense, meaning they are packed with health boosting nutrients, and are excellent at preventing many diseases and health conditions.
One superfood that is earning the title is the Acai Berry. The Acai Berry is a reddish-purple fruit that is about an inch in diameter. They are grown on the Acai Palm tree which are primarily naturally located in Central and South America. The berries are classified as fruits and closely resemble the grape in both taste and appearance. The seed of the Acai Berry takes up 80 percent of the fruit and the remaining 20 percent, including the skin, is packed full of vitamins and nutrients.
The power of superfoods
Most superfoods are known for their antioxidant properties and Acai is no different. There are four primary nutrients in this gorgeous berry that make it a superfood; fiber content, antioxidants, healthy fats, and calcium. Fiber is significantly linked to lowering a person’s risk of heart disease. Antioxidants help fight of and prevent disease related to oxidative stress, healthy fats improve inflammation and are also heart healthy, and calcium improve bone health, nerve function, and heart muscle health.
Free radicals create oxidative damage in the body which can lead to cancer and other chronic health conditions. Acai Berries have more antioxidants than other fruits which are usually credited for their high antioxidant content such as strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. The antioxidant content of foods are scored on a scale known as the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) on which 100 grams of blueberries scored a 4,669 and the same amount of Acai Berries scored almost triple at 15,405.
These antioxidants help in the prevention of cancer and heart disease in those who consume them on a regular basis. The fiber content is also linked to Acai’s ability to lower cholesterol by clinging to endogenous cholesterol and expelling it out of the body through stool. A 2017 study showed a reduced incidence of bladder and colon cancer after being given Acai pulp.
Many studies have shown the positive effects on brain health associated with Acai intake. Once again, the antioxidant content of Acai helps to protect the brain against oxidative stress and inflammation that may lead to poor memory and learning difficulty.
Where to find polyphenols?
Anthocyanin’s are the chemical compounds that give red, blue, and purple fruits and plants their color. This compound has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties which can help control pain and inflammation associated with arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
When it comes to taking in Acai Berries and their nutrient goodness there are many great forms to consider. The first and most obvious is through the berry itself. Many Acai Berry enthusiasts enjoy adding them to smoothies and yogurts. They can be added to many different recipes or just eaten plain.
Because berries can turn bad quickly some Acai Berry consumers prefer to enjoy them frozen and adding them into a smoothie. Frozen foods are just as nutrient packed as fresh because they are often picked and frozen at their freshest and when their nutrient content is at its peak. Powdered versions of Acai Berry are even more versatile. Powders can be added to just about any recipe and easily enjoyed throughout the day.
Supplements are a staple in many individual’s daily health routine. They are a quick and easy way to get in many nutrients that may be lacking or hard to obtain through the diet. The benefits of Acai can be obtained through supplement form as well. This is convenient for those who already have a supplement regimen or do not have time to prepare foods to consume them through the diet. No matter how they are preferred to be eaten, the Acai Berry should be added to just about anyone’s health and nutrition regimen.
Balance your microbiome
Codeage Polyphenols Broad Spectrum is a high-quality blend of 16 different polyphenol-rich berries and botanical extracts. Polyphenols are micronutrients offering antioxidants that we can get through certain plant-based foods.
Polyphenols are a type of micronutrient that contains health-promoting properties and can be found in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Plant polyphenols are rich in antioxidants and are known to help fight off free radicals and prevent damage to cells.
Polyphenols are micronutrients with an antioxidant activity which is found mostly in dried spices, fruits, red wine, cocoa and vegetables. They play an important role in the body, protecting against free-radicals. Polyphenols also play an important role as a prebiotic for your health and wellness. There are over 8,000 polyphenols found in foods but sometimes we do not consume enough through our diet.
Perfect formulation and balance with these key ingredients: Pomegranate Extract, Quercetin Dihydrate, Turmeric Extract, Bitter Orange, Organic Decaf Green Tea, Grape Extract, Blueberry Extract, Apple Extract, Aronia Extract, Olive Extract, Açaí, Noni, Alfalfa, Hawthorn Berry Powder, Celery Extract.
The Acai Berry has rightfully earned its place and stature as a superfood. From its antioxidant content to its healthy fats, it is a nutritionally versatile fruit with almost innumerable health benefits with more being discovered regularly.