A Quick Look at Acai

The Acai berry is a known dietary supplement that is famous because of numerous healthful benefits. Most people know Acai as a food product that is either in the form of a juice, smoothies, a frozen pulp or even an ingredient found in beverages. A quick look at Acai’s nutritional component shows that it has a lot of nutritive elements from the three primary groups: carbohydrates, protein and fats; Acai also contains fiber, Calcium, Iron, Vitamin C and Vitamin A.

Although not yet scientifically established, its efficacy concentrates on promoting weight loss, boosting the sexual performance of both men and women and even reversing the ill effects of chronic health conditions such as diabetes. Perhaps the most beneficial amongst the claims of its manufacturers is that Acai has antioxidant properties. Simply, it is able to fight off free radicals that cause illnesses and that therefore, it prevents cancer, an increasingly alarming condition suffered by a lot of people these days.

A recent scientific study showed that Acai also significantly lowers the cholesterol levels in the blood of rats. While a counterpart human study is still in the process of being implemented, the promising results do indicate yet another miracle that this superfood is capable of.

Apart from the mentioned uses, Acai is also used as an all-natural food coloring agent. This means that the Acai berry could conceivably replace a lot of the synthetic food coloring agents that are added to some food, like Red #5, Purple #10, and so on.  Acai berry could also possibly be used as a natural source of sugar or sweetening—in some areas in Brazil, the acai berry is added to some dishes and used for its sweetness.

More than a beverage, the Acai’s leaves are also used for livelihood. People use Acai to make beautiful yet strong hats, baskets, brooms and mats that are even exported and based on accounts. The Acai palm trees have also proven to be a good source of wood for constructing houses because of its resistance to insects and pests.  On the other hand, the seeds of Acai can be used as a food for cattle, while its seeds can be used as an alternative source of fertilizer for plants.

Ultimately, the Acai, a lowly palm that grows mostly in South and Central America especially in Brazil, is one plant worth investing in.  In the past few years, the manufacturers and farmers of the Acai have taken active steps in discovering its more notable beneficial effects. Today and years from now, people will continually look for a plant-based material that would concretely be able to counter the ill effects of a number of diseases. The humble Acai palm, with a myriad of uses, might have even more miracles in store.

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