The Acai berry is purple-colored fruit (Euterpe oleracea Martius) and grown and harvested in South America, native to the Brazilian Amazon region.
Acai berry considered as superfood, is not only offer essential nutrients, but can provide a solution for health issues and promote many health benefits. This berry was shown to have high polyphenols and MUFA (monounsaturated fatty acids) contents.
Acai berries are full of healthy fats yet low in sugar. There are 5 grams of fat in a 100 gram serving. For sugar, this serving size contains 2 grams. Full of beneficial minerals like copper, magnesium and phosphorus. Acai berries are extremely rich in antioxidants. The plant compound, anthocyanins, is the key here. Anthocyanins, a particular group of compounds, are one of the more than 6,000 members of the flavonoid family of polyphenol phytochemicals found in various plant foods.
Anthocyanins are flavonoid polyphenols with antioxidant properties that have been associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, and cancer (1) (2), prevention and treatment type 2 diabetes (3).
Regulates the function of the nervous system (4)
Acai berries contain a high amount of fatty acids, a similar quantity to olive oil. Fatty acids promote a healthy nervous system. This is due to them providing energy to the brain and nerves metabolism, which results in more regular functioning.
Acai comes loaded with numerous nutrients including:
Antioxidants (anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins, protocatechuic acid, procyanidins and epicatechin, polyphenols, vitamins A, C and E)
Healthy fatty acids including monounsaturated fats and omega fatty acids (including omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 and fatty acids like linoleic acid, palmitic acid and oleic acid)
Certain essential amino acids
Plant sterols (B-sitosterol, campesterol and sigmasterol)
Small amounts of electrolytes (magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and manganese), B vitamins and trace minerals (iron, calcium, copper and zinc)
B vitamins (B1, B2 and B3)
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