You’ve probably heard of the açai berry. Perhaps you’ve seen it advertised as an ingredient in a nutritional supplement or even as something you can add to your juice smoothie. But do you know what it is and why supplement companies are so eager to promote it? Here are the basics:
The acai berry is found in the Amazon forest and is known to have very powerful antioxidant properties. It comes from a tree called Euterpe oleraceae, which is a large palm tree indigenous to the Amazon river and its tributaries in South America. The Brazillians call it “the tree of life.” While it has long rich history in Brazil, the açai berry has only been in the western market since about the year 2000.
What do açai berries and their various extract products have to offer? One only needs to know what’s in these berries to know how good they are for us. Acai berries are a rich source of a powerful type of phytonutrient called anthocyanins. They are also rich in B vitamins, minerals, fiber protein and omega 3 fatty acids.
Anthocyanins are found in red wine and scientists have speculated that they play a major role in the “French Paradox” (the fact that the French diet consists of many high-fat foods yet the people of France have relatively low rates of heart disease) because the French consume so much red wine, which is a rich source of anthocyanins. Acai berries, however, are believed to contain many times the anthocyanin levels of red wine.
While more research is needed to evaluate all of the possible health benefits of açai berries and açai all natural supplements, many people who have taken them report having increased energy naturally, better circulation and desirable weight loss. Side effects from açai berries and stand-alone açai supplements are not common, taking too much of it can cause mild diarrhea and acidic stomach.
Have you been looking for a natural way to increase energy naturally and increase circulation? Try an acai berry supplement.