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Açaí [ah-say-ee]

Move over pomegranates, açaí might just be the perfect food! This wild-harvested, nutrient-packed palmberry from the Amazon Rainforest is the world's healthiest fruit. In addition to giving you a whopping boost of 100% natural energy, this "superfood" can help improve cardiovascular health, promote a healthy digestive system, reduce cholesterol, increase brain function, decrease the risk of cancer and diminish the signs of aging. How? Look below to learn more.

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What's in açaí?

How much is in açaí?

What's the benefit?

Antioxidants

Vitamines and minerals that help prevent oxygen from reacting with other chemicals in cells -- reactions causing changes in cells that can lead to premature aging and a variety of diseases, including cancer.

 

  • 30 time more than red wine
  • 2 times more than blueberries
  • 1½ times more than pomegranates

 

  • Slow down the aging process
  • Maintain blood vessels to optimize blood flow
  • Defend against cancer-causing DNA damage
  • Lower cholesterol and the risk of heart disease
  • Reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's
Anthocyanins

Water-soluble pigments that produce blue, violet and red colors in flowers, fruits, leaves and other plant parts. Anthocyanins are highly values for their high antioxidant properties.

 

Açaí contains the highest levels of anthocyanins of any food, according to Dr. Nicholas Perricone, one of the country's foremost anti-aging specialists.

 

  • Reduce the risk of cancer
  • Support the nervous system and brain functions
  • Fight atherosclerosis and bolster eyesight
  • Minimize complications from diabetes
Polyphenolics

Compounds known to provide much of the flavor, color and taste to fruits, vegetables and seeds. The varios health benefits of polyphenolics have been associated with their antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic properties.

 

Açaí is so rich in antioxident polyphenolics that a recent University of Florida study ahs linked it to slowing the spread of leukemia cancer cells.

 

  • Slow down the aging process
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and other degenerative diseases
  • Decrease effects of aging on teh brain and improve memory
  • Protect against urinary tract infections
Soluble Fiber

The element of plant foods that cannot be digested by humans, but can be dissolved in water. Common sources of soluble fiber include squash, apples, oats, beans, citrus fruits, peas and many vegetables.

 

Açaí contains 19g of soluble fiber per every 100g. [According to the USDA and National Institute of Cancer, adults should consume 20-35g of fiber daily.

 

  • Reduces the risk of cancer
  • Lowers cholesterol and the risk of heart disease
  • Promotes a healthy digestive system
  • Reduces appetite to promote weight loss
  • Helps prevent or control Type 2 Diabetes
Phytosterols

Plant sterols reduce intestinal absorption of cholesterol and are used to treat symptoms associated with Benign Prostate Hyperplasia. Studies have demonstrated as much as a 10% decrease in LDL cholesterol in subjects who consumed 1.3g of phytosterols a day.

 

Preliminary evidence suggests that beta-sitosterol (the predominant sterol in açaí) may help prevent immune weakness resulting from severe physical stress.

 

  • Lower cholesterol and the risk of heart disease
  • Ease enlarged prostates
  • Calm inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis
  • Control blood sugar in diabetes
Omega-3, 6 and 9 Fatty Acids (Healthy Fats)

Polyunsaturated fatty acids (healthy fats) that support the cardiovascular, reproductive, immune and nervous systems and are necessary to produce and repair cell membranes. Omega-3 and Omega-6 are the two primary essential fatty acids (EFAs) that must be obtained through our diet, as our bodies cannot synthesize them. A modest amount of Omega-9 can be manufactured on its own, provided essential EFAs are present.

 


The fatty acid ratio of açaí resembles that of olive oil, which is thought to be a contributing factor to the low incidience of heart disease in Mediterranean populations.




  • Reduce the risk of cancer
  • Lower cholesterol and the risk of heart disease
  • Prevent rheumatoid arthritis
  • Boost immune system
  • Improve complexion
  • Sharpen memory and brighten mood
  • Support reproductive system
  • Support nervous system
  • Increase metabolic rates
Calcium

Essential mineral stored in bones and teeth and present in blood.

 

Açaí contains 65.3mg of calcium per every 100g.

 

  • Supports healthy bones and teeth
  • Prevents osteoporosis
  • Promotes muscle and nerve function
Iron

Mineral present in plant and animal tissue.

 

Açaí contains 5-7mg of iron per every 100g.

 

  • Transports oxygen throughout the body
  • Prevents anemia and improves symptoms of ADHD
Protein

Large molecule made up of one or more chains of amino acids.

 

Açaí contains 1.3g of protein per every 100g.

 

  • Builds and repairs tissue
  • Supports and is essential to cell function, as well as organ function and regulation