Acai berries resemble blueberries and grow on tall palm trees in Brazil and other South American countries. Acai berries have been used as traditional medicines to treat conditions like viral infections, wounds, ulcer and diarrhoea.
Acai berries are widely used in juices, tea and other food products besides being sold as extracts and supplements.
Here are five reasons to add acai berries to your daily diet:
1. Great antioxidant: Oxygen radical absorption capacity or ORAC is a measure of how powerful a particular food is as an antioxidant. The more the ORAC score, the higher the antioxidant capacity of a food. Acai fruit and skin powders are known to have an ORAC score of 102700 which is a great score. It means that acai berries can prevent damage to healthy cells and protect against chronic diseases including cancers, diabetes, heart disease and many others.
The antioxidants are due to the rich amounts of anthocyanins which are the colored pigments that impart color to any fruit or vegetable. Besides anthocyanins, there are plenty of other phytochemicals in acai berries that act as antioxidants.
2. Reduces cholesterol: In a study, overweight adults were given a hundred grams of acai pulp two times in a day for thirty days. Their total cholesterol was measured before and after the study and it was found that they had a significant reduction in cholesterol levels.
3. Lowers insulin levels: High insulin levels in the body signals resistance of body cells to the action of insulin which is a hormone that digests sugars. When cells in the body are resistant to insulin, blood sugar levels can rise eventually leading to diabetes. Acai berry pulp has been shown in a study to lower insulin levels and fasting glucose levels as well.
4. Good source of vitamins and minerals: Acai berries are fair sources of calcium which is a bone health mineral. Calcium also plays a major role in regulating heart rhythm and blood pressure. Getting enough calcium in the diet can be a challenge particularly for vegans and those who are intolerant to lactose in milk. Adding acai berries to the diet may help get more calcium every day. Acai berries are also good sources of vitamin A and provide about 15% of recommended daily allowance of this vitamin. Vitamin A plays a crucial role in clear vision, healthy skin and acts as an antioxidant as well.
5. Provides healthy fats: Acai berries, like walnuts, provide monounsaturated fats (MUFA) which are known to be heart healthy.
Disclaimer: The health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. VitaminsOnly strongly recommends to consult health care professionals for any questions concerning your health.
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