Açaí: the wonder berry from Amazonia
The Amazon Açaí berry is famous and appreciated all over the world for its unique flavor and nutritious properties. Especially among sports enthusiasts and athletes. But how healthy is the açaí berry?
Nutritional value of the acai berry
The açaií berry started to take over the world for its high-quality calorie-energy content. The amount of calories in the regular berries is comparable to that of a more famous tropical fruit, the banana. The fruit alone provides 65 kcal per 100 g, but this number can go up to 250 kcal, depending on the additives in the preparation of an açaí bowl, such as syrups, granolas and other fruits.
In addition, açaí has an abundance of other minerals, vitamins, proteins, healthy fats and fatty acids. This makes it one of the most nutritious fruits in the Amazon rainforest. But the nutritional aspect is not everything.
Health benefits of the acai berry
Açaí has a high fat content, most of which are the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated forms. These are the good lipids that help lower LDL cholesterol.
Also açaí helps to fight excess free radicals in your system. This is the so-called antioxidant property. It is closely related to the aging process and other degenerative diseases.
Some of the antioxidant compounds found in the acai berry are flavonoids, terpenes, tannins, vitamins A, C and E. Anthocyanins, the compounds that give the fruit its deep purple pigmentation can enhance the ability of the enzyme sirtuin-6 .
There is another health benefit of the fruit: it is a rainforest-friendly crop. It helps improve the lives of the inhabitants of the Amazon rainforest and thus the conservation of the rainforest's biodiversity. This is essential to the good health of all of us on this planet.