The Health Benefits of Açaí
The Açaí is the fruit of the açai tree, it is a typical Brazilian fruit and it grows in the tropical forests of the Brazilian Amazon. Açai is a fruit rich in protein, fiber, lipids and an excellent source of vitamins such as Vitamin C, Vitamin B1 and Vitamin B2. Açaí also has a good amount of Phosphorus, Iron and Calcium.
Benefits of Açai in Cancer Prevention: The Açai berry contains anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant that play an important role in cancer prevention. Anthocyanins are present in all berries (they are responsible for the black, red and purple açai colors). Studies have shown that they can have a significant and preventive effect on cancer.
Açai Reduces Cholesterol: A published study found that people who eat high-fat diets along with açaí pulp had lower levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol than people who ate diets rich in fat, without açaí pulp. Anthocyanins in açaí can also help reduce cholesterol levels.
Benefits of Açai for Heart Health: A study published in the June 2011 issue of the journal Atherosclerosis found that açaí juice protects against atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) by inhibiting the production of proinflammatory cytokines. The cholesterol reduction benefits mentioned above also contribute to the role of açai in maintaining a healthy heart.
The Açai Berry is Rich in Antioxidants: Studies conducted on the purple Açai berry have found high levels of antioxidant activity. Antioxidants are beneficial because they fight against free radicals, which means these antioxidants can greatly reduce the risks of cancer, heart disease and stroke.
Benefits of Açai for the Immune System: Antioxidants in açaí, including high levels of Vitamin C, can help boost the immune system.
Açai is an anti-inflammatory agent: There have been some promising results in studies showing that açai can help with the symptoms of diseases due to chronic inflammation such as asthma and autoimmune diseases. A study has found that açai can be a COX-1 inhibitor and COX-2 inhibitor naturally, which means it can help to inhibit pain and inflammation without the side effects of medications containing COX-1 and COX-2 inhibitors.
Benefits of Açai in Aging Prevention: Antioxidants in Açai can help reduce the effects of aging. Flavonoids and anthocyanins protect cells within the body and can reduce cell degeneration by helping to keep the body healthy and young.
Benefits of Açai For Weight Loss: Companies that sell açai affirm that it often speeds up the metabolism. Although it contains amino acids that are believed to be essential for a healthy metabolism, there is still very little scientific evidence to prove that eating the açai berry helps in weight loss. That said, the açai berry is very rich in fiber and low in calories and any food with these qualities, when consumed instead of snacks loaded with calories, will help the person maintain a healthy weight.