Acai berries (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) have become incredibly popular dietary supplements over recent years, both in capsule and powder form.
This is in no small part due to the significant media attention they have received, since being more widely recognised in the Western world as a “superfruit”.
In other words, a fruit with an exceptionally high nutrient-to-calorie ratio compared to other fruits of a similar kind. Enriched in terms of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, vitamins and mineral content.
At Namaste Superfoods we have harnessed the benefits of this “Superfruit” into our Acai Berry Burst capsules. With added moringa powder and antioxidants from three other active ingredients – resveratrol, grape seed extract and pomegranate – this product is just what you need to help boost your immune system as the cold winter sets in. Moringa is one of the most nutrient-rich plants in the world, and an excellent source of protein, vitamin A, potassium, calcium and vitamin C
Found only in swampy areas of the Amazon rainforest, acai berries are pretty exotic to consumers in Europe. However, South Americans native to the Amazon have been enjoying the nutritional benefits of these tasty berries for many years.
Acai Berries are small and round (approximately 25mm in size) and grow on large palm trees called açaí palms, which can reach over 80 feet in height. The berries grow in bunches (similar to bananas) and an average açaí palm tree can yield between 3 to 8 bunches of berries.
Ripe acai berries bear a strong resemblance to grapes and blueberries, except that they are not quite as pulpy. They contain a large, inedible seed, which constitutes as much as 90% of the entire fruit!
Although hard to find in their natural whole food form, everyone can now access the nutritional benefits of these berries on a daily basis through the convenience of health supplements, which will often incorporate both acai berry powder and concentrated extract.
But why might you want to incorporate acai berry nutrients into your daily diet?
· Immune system support: A big clue to their high nutrient content is given away by the deep blue/purple colour of acai berries. Like most other brightly coloured natural foods, they contain healthy pigments, which support immunity, health and vitality. For example, flavonoids and potent antioxidants (such as anthocyanins). They are also a rich source of Omega 6 and Omega 9 fatty acids (good fats).
· Heart health support: As well as containing high levels of anthocyanins, research has also shown that acai berries are rich in phytosterols which may provide cardio-protective support for our cells.
· Energy support: Acai berries contain high levels of plant protein. Combined with their high levels of antioxidants and other nutrients, they can offer ideal support for high energy levels, stamina and general vitality.
· Weight management support: When trying to shape up, you are obviously looking to decrease your intake of high-calorie unhealthy foods, in favour of nutrient-packed foods that are naturally low in calories. Not only will this encourage a healthy weight, but it will also help to ensure that your general health remains strong during any periods of slimming and reduced food choice. In this way, acai berries can provide ideal weight management support.
So now you know why acai berries have been causing a stir in the natural health world! And these are just some of their nutritional benefits. Plus, if you favour an organic lifestyle or are trying to detox, it is worth bearing in mind that acai berries are wild harvested, as opposed to farmed. This means that they aren’t exposed to harmful pesticides and fertilisers.
Acai berries offer great all-around healthy living support – why not try them for yourself!
Pick-up a pot of our high-potency Acai Berry Burst capsules today – its’ so much simpler to take than the powder format. To find out more about our Acai Berry Burst capsules which pack a hefty punch click HERE