Acai (ah-sigh-EE) is the New super fruit from Amazon rainforest, the acai berry has a very high amount of antocianine, a substance that helps the body fight of free radicals, or toxic substances in the environment, like cigarette smoke, smog and harmful particles in the air. Antocianine also helps lower cholesterol levels, so it’s recommended that individuals with the risk for heart disease or high blood pressure consume foods rich in antocianine every day. This substance is also found in the grape, which is why many doctors and health professionals recommend a glass of red wine a day to rid the body of toxins. However, acai has 33 times more antocianine than the grape, even though the two fruits are similar in color and size. Additional antioxidants, like vitamin C and E, are also found in the acai berry, and the calcium and potassium found in the fruit can help to ease menstrual pain and prevent osteoporosis.
Other fruits and juices that possess great antioxidant properties, like noni juice or mangosteen, are not nearly as potent as acai. Acai berries have six times more antioxidant power, and also contain vitamins B1, B2, and B3. Acai berries are also very high in fiber, which helps to reduce cholesterol and can help to prevent colon cancer, and has as much protein as one egg. The berries contain Omega-3 fatty acids as well, which can help to improve skin health and increase protein levels. Amino acids and trace minerals are contained in the berry, too, and these substances help to improve muscle concentration and regeneration.