Acai, the multi-nutrient with highly antioxidant qualities

Acai berries are a rich source of potent antioxidants. Antioxidants help towards fighting the signs of cellular ageing.

Acai berries are rich in multi-nutrients. These multi-nutrients help to boost energy levels, regulate cholesterol levels and contribute towards improved digestive function due to their high fibre content.

The acai berry is the fruit of a palm tree (Euterpe Oleracea) that grows in the rainforests of northern Brazil.

Acai: Prevents premature cellular ageing

Acai berries have powerful anti-oxidant qualities due to their elevated ellagic acid levels.

Ellagic acid is a polyphenol that works in conjunction with anthocyanidins, flavonoids, plyphenols and other phenolic compounds that are also found in the acai fruit.

Acai has the capacity, even at low levels, to penetrate the cells and help to repair the damage caused by the free radicals in the cells.

It is very effective against peroxides and superoxides.

Acai: A source of energy

The acai fruit is a multi-nutrient, which is why it was used in popular indigenous medicine for anaemia.

Acai berries are rich in proteins, fibre (soluble and insoluble), enzymes, vitamins, amino acids, phytosterols, essential fatty acids and minerals (phosphorus, calcium, copper, boron, potassium, zinc, magnesium and manganese).

As it is a multi-nutrient, it has the capacity to improve vital body function, raise energy levels and improve vitality.

Acai improves memory

Glutamic acid and aspartic acid are some of the amino acids that are found in the acai berry.

These amino acids attach themselves to the glucose (sugar) in the brain and stimulate neurone function, improving attention and memory.

Acai berries also contain essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6 and 9) that reinforce the central nervous system and can be of great use to students, the elderly or people who lack mental concentration.

Anti-inflammatory

Anthocyanidins (cyanidin 3-glucoside) as well as the flavonoids that are in the Acai berries prevent the oxidation of arachidonic acid, thus inhibiting the formation of proinflammatory prostaglandins.

It regulates cholesterol levels and protects the heart

Acai berries contain essential fatty acids (omega 3, omega 6 and omega 9) and phytosterols (beta-sitosterols) that inhibit fat oxidation.

By inhibiting fat oxidation, it also regulates cholesterol levels, reducing LDL (bad cholesterol) without reducing HDL (good cholesterol).

Glutamic acid increases heart resistance to physical exercise.

Regulates the intestine

Its high levels of both soluble and insoluble fibre make it an effective intestinal regulator. It improves constipation.

Acai berry uses

Acai berries are highly anti-oxidant. They can protect us from oxidative stress, which has negative repercussions on our immune system and cardio-vascular health and accelerates premature cellular ageing.

  • The acai berry is a useful ally in chronic degenerative diseases. It also works to reduce inflammation.
  • It prevents premature skin ageing.
  • It is a nutritional supplement and a useful anti-oxidant in sport.
  • It has vessel toning and vasoprotective properties.

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