Açaí berries are a Brazilian “superfruit.” It’s more than just a purple berry. In fact, it’s thought to be the most powerful superfood in the Amazonian. Wild harvested by hand from the rainforest’s palm trees for centuries, this nutritional powerhouse has long been a staple of indigenous diets for centuries.
Açaí comes from a palm tree grown in the Amazon known as the açaizeiro. People climb the trees to get to the fruit and can walk away with up to 1,000 berries per harvest.
Eat it straight away and you’ll find it to be very tart and hard on the teeth since 80% of the berry consists of the seed. The skins are what eventually gets processed and the end product is nothing like you may know as “Rio style açaí”, “açaí na tigela” (açaí in a bowl). If you have ever visited my beautiful green land of Brazil, you know what I’m talking about.
Found on Açaí palm trees in South American rainforests, Açaí berries are a lot like grapes. Some studies show that the Açaí fruit pulp is even richer in antioxidants than cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, or blueberries.
They are rich in Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E and Vitamin K. It contains minerals, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese for optimal health. The seed takes up about 80% of the berry, with the flesh and skin packing plenty of vitamins and other nutrients in the remaining 20%. Not to mention the berries are only about 70 calories a cup.
However, they’ve recently gained popularity globally, and are praised for being particularly beneficial to your health and well-being.
If superfoods were like sports teams, the acaí berry would be undoubtedly — without a question — be the all-star quarterback. It’s delicious, abnormally attractive, and hugely popular. You’ve probably seen the dark purple fruit (pronounced AH-SIGH-EE) all over your Instagram feed as a base for picture-perfect breakfast bowls covered in trendy toppings like chia seeds, matcha powder, and goji berries.
But… Have you ever thought about making your own açaí at home?
You can make yours with the original taste of Brazil from Casa do Açaí, the world’s most delicious and nourishing açaí products, an up-and-coming Brazilian business based in Barcelona, bringing you the newly to popularity risen fruit straight from Brazil thanks to recently fast growing expansion throughout Europe.
At Casa do Açaí, Açaí can be purchased dried, frozen, as juice, as powder, in food products, and in tabloid form.
You can buy any of their variations of products through their online store. You can choose your Açaí packs and receive them straight to your home (with refrigerated shipping) or if you are living in Barcelona, you can pick it up in their city center located store.
One of the most delicious members of the Superfood Squad but what are actual the benefits Açaí has to offer beyond those good looks?
Improve Cardiovascular Health
Açaí berries contain high levels of anthocyanins, which are a form of plant antioxidants. Antioxidants seek out and eliminate many of the free radicals that are responsible for a wide variety of diseases and conditions, including heart diseases. Anthocyanins are also related to regulating blood cholesterol by reducing LDL (bad) cholesterol. This reduction–along with a balanced diet and exercise–can help, lower the risk of atherosclerosis, stroke, and heart attack, according to the Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis.
Although the direct impact of Açaí berries have on sexual stamina and sex drive is yet to be fully researched, they are thought to have the ability to increase the blood circulation throughout the body. Since a lack of blood flow is one of the primary causes of erectile dysfunction and lack of sexual stamina, Açaí berry juice is commonly used as an alternative medicine for helping people with these conditions.
The antioxidant properties of açaí berry powder aids in skincare. Açaí oil is frequently used in cosmetic products due to its antioxidants, the oil can relieve irritation and redness and moisturize the skin. Also, if açaí berries are ingested, they can give the skin a healthy, attractive glow. In fact, in Brazil, the pulp of the açaí berry has been used for generations to treat or reduce the number of skin conditions and diseases.
In terms of brain health and function, a study published in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience showed a link between Açaí berry juice and increased mental functioning and sharpness of mind. The berries also improve memory and protect the brain from the developing of neural disorders.
The antioxidant properties of açaí berries are one of its most celebrated aspect; they can also supply healthy cellular metabolism and functioning, according to researchers. They are considered to be helpful in reducing the chances of unhealthy Apoptosis (cell death) and increase the efficiency of the cell’s absorption of nutrients and the subsequent transformation into useful energy.
Reduces bad cholesterol
Açaí contains two essential fatty acids known as Omega-6 and Omega-9. Studies show that these two acids play an important part in not only maintaining cholesterol levels but actually reducing them too.
The consequence of all these health benefits is that açaí may make the body healthier and thus, as a result, increase stamina and energy as the body works more efficiently. Açaí is a good food to snack on when you’re struggling against fatigue.
Açaí has been part of detox juice scene for a long time now, and there is a good reason why. It has a strong detoxifying capacity that is good to cleanse out toxicity from the body systems and help restore the body’s functionalities. It is also a good source of fiber that help refresh the body’s functionalities. It’s also good source of fiber that helps keep you regular. Studies have shown that Açaí extract are powerful elements — they are strong enough to help fight against harmful organisms that may enter the body and cause harm.
An açaí bowl is a convenient, on-the-go treat that is perfect for breakfast. But let’s be real: It can really be enjoyed whenever and however you please. In my opinion, it keeps you going and fueled for quite a bit, and if you aren’t a huge breakfast person, it gets your morning going on a sweet note.
“Living my best life, one açaí bowl at a time.”