What is Acai?
Açaí (pronounced Ah-Sigh-Eeh) is a word from the Tupi (indigenous Brazilian) Language meaning “fruit that cries.”
The dark purple berry looks like a grape or blueberry. Unlike many berries, this one is 95% seed. Only the skin around the seed is edible, and it’s used to make:
– A tasty fruit juice
– A frozen pulp that can be used in making smoothies and bowls
– A delicious sorbet, perfect for dessert or anytime
– A freeze-dried powder, especially high in antioxidants, that can be added to many foods
For hundreds of years, acai has been a traditional food of the native people of the Amazon in northern Brazil. More recently it has been eaten by people throughout Brazil, many of whom now enjoy a daily bowl of acai for breakfast. In the 1950s, doctors began to realize the health benefits of acai.
In the 1960s, the Gracie family, famous for popularizing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, recommended eating acai before and after workouts. Recently, several new medical studies in the United States and Europe have found even more exciting health benefits of acai.
The Benefits of Açaí
Healthy cholesterol, a stronger immune system and sustained energy are among the many benefits of acai berries.
Here are some important properties of the acai berry:
Antioxidants: Supports slower aging process.
Omega Fatty Acids: Supports healthy cholesterol and may help prevent heart diseases.
Phytosterols: Supports healthy immune system and may reduce blood plasma cholesterol.
Dietary Fibers: Supports healthy digestive system.
It is also a source of protein, calcium, vitamins A, E, and B6. On top of the remarkable health benefits it delivers, the acai berry has a delicious and refreshing taste, often described as a blend of berries and chocolate.