The Acai Palm is a species of palm tree native to South and Central American countries, particularly in the Brazilian region. They love a hot and wet environment so are commonly found in swampy floodplains along the Amazon River.
The small and round Acai Berry fruit (about 1½ cm) is a rich purple colour when ripe. Acai berries are traditionally used in a variety of sweets and beverages including wine and mixed with tapioca and fish as a salty, savoury dish.
This berry is delicate and must be used within a day of being picked as they perish quickly due to their high fat content. To export the fruit, it is usually dried and powdered beforehand to ensure premium quality and capturing the essential nutrients for the production of natural supplements.
Benefits & Uses
Acai berries are rich in nutrients including:
- Antioxidants - anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins and other flavonoids
- 4% protein – up to 19 different amino acids
- 12% lipids - monounsaturated fatty acids
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Thiamine (Vitamin B1)
- Other multi nutrients
Acai has the potential to support the healthy function of the whole body. A high antioxidant content makes acai a popular supplement to maintain skin, eye, brain and immune system health.
Maintenance of Healthy Body Weight
Acai is available in tablets, capsules, powders and liquids. When in powder form, it can be added to a smoothie to provide essential nutrients that may give support for normal recovery after a workout at the gym and to assist with maintaining a healthy body weight.
Acai can also be fermented for use as an alkaline and vegan probiotic, to support the healthy function of the digestive system.
Some skin care products contain Acai berry oil, predominantly due to the antioxidant and essential fatty acid content. These can potentially aid moisture balance within the skin and nourish the skin after exposure to the outdoors.
Whether you’re looking to support your appearance or overall health, Acai berries can certainly play a vital role on a daily basis, for optimal health and wellbeing.