Tropical Fruits – Part 1 AÇAÍ BERRY (pronounced ah-sigh-EE)
One of the most tropical fruits, quite unique flavor and many benefits for your health. The Açaí Berry is sourced from the Euterpe Oleracea, they grow on Palm Trees in South American rainforest. These berries are a lot like grapes, they’re rich in fats, protein, vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E and Vitamin K. It contains minerals, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese. It also possesses a lot of natural Omega 6 and 9. Omega Oils protect cardiovascular health. The large amount of fat present largely corresponds to monounsaturated (60%) and polyunsaturated fats (13%) which helps in reducing bad cholesterol (LDL) and improve HDL (good cholesterol).
With all these properties present here we have some of the benefits of consuming Açaí Berry:
- Strengthens Bones and Cartilage
- It Aids in Memory Functions
- Boosts Energy
- Promotes Heart Health
- Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases
- Stops Bad Cell Proliferation
- Helps Digestion
- Promotes Skin Health
- Improves Cellular Health
- Immune System Booster
- Has Anti-Aging Effects
- Encourages a Healthy Libido
- Improves Mental Function
Fresh Açaí berries have a short shelf life, they’re mainly exported and widely available in three main forms: juices, powder and purées.
- The juice options have good number of antioxidants but it’s also a lot of sugar and not much fiber
- The powder option has the most concentrated amount of nutrients and gives you fiber and fat as well as plant compounds.
- The purée option is probably the best way to enjoy the flavor of Açaí berries and you can add some other fruits as toppings to boost even more its flavor
Enjoy Açaí as a smoothie or bowl but watch out for the added sugars that are often found in the juices and frozen purées.
Besides being a great and healthy food option and rich in many essential properties for your health Açaí can be also a good ally in maintaining beauty (nails, skin and hair!)
The anti-inflammatory properties make the product an interesting ingredient in the manufacture of medicinal and cosmetic products.
The oil obtained from Açaí is a source of essential fatty acids and flavonoids, phytosterols and anthocyanins. These antioxidant substances act against the effects of free radicals, delaying the aging of cells. This not only helps to minimize the risk of diseases but also improves the appearance of the epidermis, hair and nails.
Cold pressing allows the oil to maintain all the physical and chemical elements found in the fruit. Açaí oil has the same taste, color and scent as the fruit. And it still preserves many of its benefits.
How to use it?
- Skin/Hair: Mix with masks or creams. It makes it even easier to use the product.
- Mixing with moisturizing cream, the recommendation is 5ml of Açaí oil for every 250ml of your favorite cosmetic.
- When mixing it with facial lotions, conditioners or shampoos it is good to take it lightly; use two to five drops so the final product does not get too greasy and spoil the results.
- Consumption like seasoning of salads and other foods. You can exchange the olive oil with the Açaí berry to give a special flavor to the dishes. But it is important not to fry the Açaí oil.
Important: Possible contraindications: In general, the açai oil can be used by the vast majority of people under normal health conditions. However, some may present intolerance to fruit and oil. Therefore, it is essential to test the product first.
SOURCES: https://mundoeducacao.bol.uol.com.br/quimica/propriedades-acai.htm; https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/benefits-of-acai/; https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-acai-berries#section9; http://oleosparatudo.com/oleo-de-acai/#forward