Want beautiful skin? Perhaps a strong beating heart? How about a massive boost to your libido? How about all the above and then some! The Acai berry is rich in vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin C. Amongst minerals acai berries contain calcium, iron, potassium and sodium. This miraculous little berry helps increase heart health, aids in weight loss, as well as aiding in health issues relating to your skin, digestion, allergies, immune system, and energy levels.
Research has shown it to be one of the best sources of antioxidants, an aphrodisiac, a brain booster, and a great shield to premature aging, cancer, and unexplained fatigue.
So, what is the Acai berry?
Acai berries come from the acai palm, widely found in the Amazon Basin. (That's Brazil folks 😉) It represented a major staple food of the indigenous tribes, and its nutritional value made it vital to their overall health, sometimes making up more than 25% of their food volume intake. The acai berry has been used for centuries as an immune boosting, energising and healing fruit. The cranberry and blueberry are its closest relatives and research shows that this small fruit is able to support preventing diseases associated with oxidative damage. Overproduction of these free radicals can cause damage to biomolecules, (lipids, proteins, DNA), eventually leading to chronic diseases such as atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetics, rheumatoid arthritis, post-ischemic perfusion injury, myocardial infarction, cardiovascular diseases, chronic inflammation, stroke.
Why is it good for you?
Heart Health: Acai berries are high in anthocyanins. In other words, it contains an antioxidant found in plants that serve to lower cholesterol levels in the blood stream. They also contain plant sterols which prevent blood clots, improve blood circulation and relax blood vessels, which all lead to protecting our heart.
Skin Health: Acai oil is a great alternative to chemical based skin care products that actually harm the skin long term. Brazilians have been using acai oil for ages to prevent various skin conditions. We believe that a healthy outside starts on the inside, when injested, acai berries they give the skin a healthy, attractive glow.
Weight Loss: Acai not only stimulates weight loss, but can also help people maintain a healthy weight by reducing the negative impact of high-fat diets.. Studies have shown acai berry consumption resulted in a lower level of fasting insulin and glucose levels, as well as a reduction in total cholesterol. The high fiber content of acai berries can also reduce appetite and stop hunger pains associated with overeating and weight gain. Additionally, Acai aids in the cleaning and detoxifying of our digestive system. The high dietary fiber content keeps our insides in optimal function.
Cancer prevention: Acai is an excellent source of vitamin-C, which is known for its immunity boosting and improving your ability to fight off many diseases, including cancer. Acai also contains ellagic acid which aids in the fight against cancerous cells. Acai is packed with polyphenols, which battle cancerous growth on a molecular level, and prevent small cancerous growths from multiplying and metastasizing into lethal amounts of carcinogenic growth. One study actually found that acai berry can stop the growth of cancer cells up to 80%.
(NB: The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that polyphenolic compounds extracted from acai reduced cancer cell proliferation by 56-86%).
Premature Aging: One of the most important medical qualities of acai berries is its ability to slow down the aging process in people, due to its high levels of antioxidants. Very high in antioxidants, acai berries contribute to slowing (or even reversing!) the typical process of aging as it is related to oxidative damage. Antioxidants remove the free radicals that cause the breakdown of skin, hair, teeth, and eye health that is so often associated with premature aging. Finally, in terms of brain health and function, acai has been linked to increased mental function and sharpness of mind. Did you know that the acai berry has one of the highest antioxidant contents in the world? Yes, beating cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries or blueberries. 😳
Energy and libido boosting. Linked to increased blood circulation in the body, the acai berry is able to positively impact stamina and combat fatigue and exhaustion. Since lack of blood flow is one of the primary causes of sexual dysfunction and lack of sexual stamina, acai berries is commonly used as an alternative medicine for helping patients with these conditions.
Caution should always be taken before adding something to your diet, remember to introduce things into your diet slowly. Be cautious if you have allergies to any fruits or pollen and consult your doctor for an updated allergen test.
The health benefits often encourage people to overdue their intake of acai supplements, but since the fruit itself contains many minerals, it is possible to consume too much, which can have an opposite effect. Other than those risks, acai berries can provide you with a wealth of healthy benefits to improve your body and mind!
At toosum, we added this super food into our bars. We combined cranberries and acai into one delicious oatmeal bar that packs a nutritious punch, all with only 100 calories! Make sure your adding the benefits of acai every morning with toosum snackbars. ❤️
Want to do more with a toosum bar? How about making one of these delicious acai bowls with one of our 100 calorie, oatmeal snack bars (just break it into pieces 😊)
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