Acai Berry, pronounced “ah-sigh-ee” berry

Similarly to Oprah, I am a big believer in Acai Berry in supplements. The idea of being overweight all my life essentially means multiple attempts to lose weight. To be fair,  when I was in secondary school, I had this mindset that exercising was the only factor because I was kept being advised to jump/exercise more or be under the sun more (god knows, the cryptic message is to be active outdoors). Meanwhile, I kept pondering if being under the sun means standing outdoors and thinking whether the sun is able to melt my fats due to the physical alteration of perspiring. 

When I recall my younger self, the naive aspect of myself was so adorable in terms of personality. I often wondered why no one has reprimanded me for the  five years of me drinking coke continuously to replace my water intake, making me gain 20kg in the span of two years. Amongst the various diet pills, fat burners and CLA and detox teas, I dare to say there is a combination of two supplements that is most effective for my weight loss journey.

Acai Berry + Hydroxycut 

For now, it is the third month of calorie deficit and instead of exercising 5x a day, I have reduced it to a weekly exercise due to fasting month. Nevertheless, I have lost 3kg in the span of 2 weeks by maintaining my 1200-1500 calories intake by taking the two wonder supplements. 

What Are Acai Berries?

Acai berries are 2.5-cm round fruits that grow on acai palm trees in the rainforests of Central and South America. They have a dark purple skin and yellow flesh surrounding a large seed. Technically they are not a berry but a drupe as they contain pits but they have an earthy taste that’s often described as a cross between blackberries and unsweetened chocolate.

Fresh acai berries have a short shelf life and aren’t available outside of where they are grown. As an export, they are sold as a frozen fruit purée, dried powder or pressed juice.

I often worry about the side effects for daily consumption but knowing the advantages of the two supplements beside aiding weight loss reassures me. Thus, here are 5 health benefits of Acai Berry. 

Nutritious

Acai berries have a unique nutritional profile as they are high in fat and low in sugar.

100 grams of frozen fruit pulp has the following nutritional breakdown

Calories: 70

  • Fat: 5 grams
  • Saturated fat: 1.5 grams
  • Carbs: 4 grams
  • Sugar: 2 grams
  • Fiber 2 grams
  • Vitamin A: 15% of the RDI
  • Calcium: 2% of the RDI

With that being said, why is it so labelled as “good” and popular for women?

Acai’s most powerful health benefits come from plant compounds.

The most notable one among these is anthocyanins, which give acai berries their deep purple color and act as antioxidants in the body.

You can also find anthocyanins in other blue, black and purple foods, such as black beans and blueberries. 

Cancer Prevention

Several extracts from the acai berry killed leukemia cells when applied directly to the cells for 24 hours. The study by the University of Florida found that other antioxidant-rich foods like grapes, mangoes and guavas showed the same ability as well.

Anti-oxidant

Many antioxidants found in acai berries, also known as Euterpe oleraceae, are able to neutralize free radicals and incapacitate them by donating an electron, effectively stopping their destructive abilities. The study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found the acai berry to have the highest antioxidant activity of any ingredients.

Heart Disease

With its powerful antioxidants and rate of eliminating free radicals, this in turn helps reduce the risk of diseases, like heart disease and cancer.

Boosting Brain Function

The many plant compounds in acai could also protect your brain from damage as you age. The antioxidants in acai counteract the damaging effects of inflammation and oxidation in brain cells, which can negatively affect memory and learning. One of the ways in which the brain stays healthy is by cleaning up cells that are toxic or no longer working, a process known as autophagy. It makes way for new nerves to form, enhancing communication between brain cells.

As you age, this process works less efficiently. However, in lab tests, acai extract has helped stimulate this “housekeeping” response in brain cells.

Acai may counteract the damaging effects of inflammation and oxidation in the brain and help stimulate its “housekeeping” response.

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