Açaí berry - Euterpe oleracea

Açaí berry -  Euterpe oleracea - Organic 

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Health Benefits of Acai Berries -  Support Weight Loss - Improve Cardiovascular Health - Aphrodisiac -  Premature Aging - Prevent diseases - Nutritious -  Acai berry contains 19 amino acids -  Natural antioxidant  - Strengthens the immune system -  Premature Aging -  Protects the Heart

Origin: Brazil and Peru

 

Acai berries come from the acai palm, widely found in the Amazon Brazil.
It represented a major staple food of the indigenous tribes, and its nutritional value made it vital to their overall health, sometimes making up more than 25% of their food volume intake. it is the “Power source of athletes in Brazil”, the acai berry does not have that reputation for nothing. The fruit is commonly used in pre-workout sports because of your high energy value and amount of iron that acts on strengthening muscles. After physical activities, the acai berry helps to reset the muscle glycogen, acting on post-workout recovery.
Acai berries can be a tremendously healthy addition to your diet and help to increase heart health, aids in weight loss, as well as aiding in health issues relating to your skin, digestion, allergies, immune system, and energy levels. Furthermore, research has shown it to be one of the best sources of antioxidants, an aphrodisiac, a brain booster, and a great weapon against premature aging, cancer, and unexplained fatigue or exhaustion. Overall, this miraculous little berry can have a huge impact on your health and happiness.

Nutritional Value Of Acai Berries:
Acai berry contains 19 amino acids, as well as several sterols (campesterol, stigmasterol, and beta-sitosterol anthocyanins also is rich in vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamin A, E, and C. Amongst minerals, acai berries contain calcium, iron, potassium, and sodium.

Health Benefits of Acai Berries

Improve Cardiovascular Health

Grapes are the primary ingredient in wine, and they are similar to berries in many ways, including their high levels of anthocyanins, which are a form of plant antioxidants. Antioxidants are the scavenging particles in our body which seek out and eliminate the free radicals that are responsible for a wide variety of damaging diseases and conditions including heart disease. Anthocyanins are also related to reducing blood cholesterol by scavenging some of the harmful LDL cholesterol off of artery walls, reducing the risk of atherosclerosis, stroke, and heart attack. Acai berries also have plenty of plant sterols, which act as vasodilators and relax blood vessels to reduce blood pressure, prevent blood clots that can lead to strokes and heart attacks, and generally improve the circulation and oxygenation of the blood.

Support Weight Loss

It not only stimulates weight loss but can also help people maintain a healthy weight by reducing the negative impact of high-fat diets. using acai berries resulted in a lower level of fasting insulin and glucose levels, as well as a reduction in total cholesterol. the high fiber content of acai berries can also reduce appetite and stop hunger pains associated with overeating and weight gain.

Prevent diseases

Acai is a wonderful source of vitamin-C, which is a well-known immunity booster and can generally improve your ability to fight off many diseases, also, the high concentration of anthocyanins (a distinct class of flavonoids) helps to prevent a number of diseases, promoting one of the greatest benefits of acai berry.

Aphrodisiac

Although the direct impact of acai berries on sexual stamina and sex drive is not completely known, the acai berries do have a well-researched ability to increase the general blood circulation throughout the body. Since lack of blood flow is one of the primary causes of sexual dysfunction and lack of sexual stamina, acai berries are commonly used as an alternative medicine for helping patients with these conditions.

Premature Aging

One of the most important medical qualities of acai berries is its ability to slow down the aging process in people, due to its high levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants remove the free radicals that cause the breakdownof skin, hair, teeth, and eye health that is so often associated with premature aging. Regular consumption of acai berry or the application of acai oil to certain topical areas of the skin can help reduce the damaging effects of free radicals, reduce tooth and hair loss, prevent wrinkle formation, and slow down the effects of macular degeneration and cataract formation. Cellular oxidative damage and various types of inflammation can also be reduced with the frequent use of acai berries, although the specific components of acai berries have not been identified that give it such potent health abilities. Finally, in terms of brain health and function, acai juice has been linked to increased mental function and sharpness of mind.

Protects the Heart

The nutritional properties contained in acai berry benefit cardioprotective for cells, preventing blood clots and acting on blood circulation.

Cholesterol

thanks to the anthocyanins which have the ability to reduce blood cholesterol. Also the acai berry fight free radicals, fighting brain diseases and also the excess of HDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol).acai berry has 33 times more anthocyanins than grapes. Similarly, food made from Acai is proved to be more effective than the wine, when it comes to fighting free radicals

Natural Antioxidant

The fame of Acai as a superfood is mainly for its antioxidant properties. The fruit is responsible for acting and even reverse the aging process. All this because the Acai slows down the action of free radicals. Also when acai berries are ingested, they can give the skin a healthy, attractive glow. In fact, in indigenous populations of Brazil, the pulp of the acai berry has been used for generations to treat or reduce the number of skin conditions and diseases.

Strengthens the Immune System

As it has a high protein content, acai acts directly on the strengthening of the immune system. Therefore, this fruit is a great natural energy.

Anti-Inflammatory

Rich in fatty acids, the acai berry has natural anti-inflammatory properties due to this potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity of a compound called “velutin” For this reason, the food is used in the prevention of gastric cancer and the treatment of gastritis. The anti-inflammatory effect acts directly on the improvement of dermatitis.

The açaí palm (Portuguese: [asa'i}{listen}, from Tupi-guarani asaí) Euterpe oleracea, is a species of the palm tree cultivated for its fruits (açaí berries, or simply açaí), hearts of palm (a vegetable), leaves, and trunk wood. Global demand for the fruit expanded rapidly in the 21st century and so the tree is cultivated for that purpose primarily.

The species is native to Brazil, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago, mainly in swamps and floodplains. Açaí palms are tall, slender trees growing to more than 25 m (82 ft) tall, with pinnate leaves up to 3 m (9.8 ft) long.  The fruit is small, round, and black-purple in color. The fruit became a staple food in floodplain areas around the 18th century but its consumption in urban areas and recognition as a health food only began in the mid-1990s along with the popularization of other Amazonian fruits outside the region

Name

The common name comes from the Portuguese adaptation of the Tupian word ïwaca'i, meaning "[fruit that] cries or expels water" The importance of the fruit as a staple food in the Amazon River delta gives rise to the local legend of how the plant got its name. The folklore says that chief Itaqui ordered all newborns put to death owing to a period of famine. When his own daughter gave birth and the child was sacrificed, she cried and died beneath a newly sprouted tree. The tree fed the tribe and was called açaí because that was the daughter's name (Iaçá) spelled backward.

Fruit

The fruit, commonly known as açaí berry or açaí,  is a small, round, black-purple drupe about 25 mm (1 in) in circumference, similar in appearance to a grape, but smaller and with less pulp and produced in branched panicles of 500 to 900 fruits. The exocarp of the ripe fruits is a deep purple color, or green, depending on the kind of açaí and its maturity. The mesocarp is pulpy and thin, with a consistent thickness of 1 mm (0.04 in) or less. It surrounds the voluminous and hard endocarp, which contains a single large seed about 7–10 mm (0.3–0.4 in) in diameter. The seed makes up about 60-80% of the fruit. The palm bears fruit year round but the berry cannot be harvested during the rainy season.

Cultivation

There are two harvests: one is normally between January and June, while the other is between August and December. The last harvest is the most important.[

Cultivars

Few named cultivars exist, and varieties differ mostly in the nature of the fruit:

'Branco' ("White") is a rare variety local to the Amazon estuary in which the berries do not change color, but remain green when ripe. This is believed to be due to a recessive gene since only about 30% of 'Branco' palm seeds mature to express this trait. It has less iron and fewer antioxidants, but more oil and many believe it to have a superior taste and digestibility purple açaí. 

'BRS-Para Dwarf' was developed by the Brazilian Agricultural Research Agency. The pulp yield ranges from 15% to 25%.

Uses

As a food product

Fresh açaí has been consumed as a dietary staple in the region around the Amazon river for centuries. The fruit is processed into pulp for supply to food product manufacturers or retailers, sold as frozen pulp, juice, or an ingredient in various products from beverages, including grain alcohol, smoothies, foods, and supplements and cosmetics In Brazil, it is commonly eaten as acai bowl.

In a study of three traditional Caboclo populations in the Brazilian Amazon, açaí palm was described as the most important plant species because the fruit makes up a major component of their diet, up to 42% of the total food intake by weight.

In North America, açaí is commonly sold in "açaí bowls", a combination of frozen açaí puree or açaí powder with other ingredients, such as nut milk, fruit juice, fruit, nuts, oatmeal, and sweeteners. Açaí bowls may contain more than 50 g of sugar (the equivalent of 12 teaspoons), or double what the American Heart Association recommends for an entire day, and have been described by nutritionists as a "sugar bomb", "glorified dessert" or "occasional treat", more akin to eating a bowl of ice cream than a meal.

Other Uses

Leaves of the palm may be made into hats, mats, baskets, brooms and roof thatch for homes, and trunk wood, resistant to pests, for building construction.  Tree trunks may be processed to yield dietary minerals. 

Comprising 80% of the fruit mass, açaí seeds may be ground for livestock food or as a component of organic soil for plants. Planted seeds are used for new palm tree stock, which, under the right growing conditions, can require months to form seedlings. Seeds may become waste in landfills or used as fuel for producing bricks.

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