Acai berries have been named one of the best superfoods by healthcare and nutrition specialists. And it’s true, acai isn’t just a fad. Acai berries provide many benefits to your health and well-being.
What makes the acai berry a superfood? Let’s explore ten surprising health and wellness benefits.
An antioxidant in acai berries called anthocyanin has long been known to help balance cholesterol. Raising the “good” cholesterol and lowering the “bad,” acai berries and the anthocyanin they contain help to reduce the risk of heart disease. But that’s not all. Acai berries also help to improve circulation. That means well oxygenated blood which further reduces your risk of heart disease.
In addition to helping to prevent heart disease, the acai berry can also help to prevent other illnesses. Acai contains antioxidants, which help to eliminate the free radicals in your body. Acai berries are also high in fiber. Fiber is essential to heart health and is beneficial in controlling blood sugar. Acai can help prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes.
Acai berries are rich in vitamins, minerals and phenolic compounds, which are essential for moisturizing and revitalizing the skin. These phenolic compounds have also been shown to provide anti-aging properties as well as an ability to heal damaged skin cells.
You’ll frequently see acai berry in weight loss products. As it turns out, there’s science behind the theory. Acai berries contain monounsaturated fats, they’re actually one of the very few fruits that do. Monounsaturated fats, when consumed in conjunction with a healthy diet, help you to feel full and satisfied. Acai berry curbs your appetite and assists in weight loss.
Because of its high antioxidant content, acai berry is known to improve immune function. Even at extremely low doses, acai berry aids the white blood cells in destroying toxins and offering restorative benefits to the body.
Acai berries are packed with energy rich vitamins and minerals. But along with Vitamins C, A, E and B, acai berries contain amino acids, Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. The energy you’ll derive from the amino acids in acai berries is much longer-lasting than a temporary “carb rush.”
Acai berries are very high in fiber. You know that the fiber in acai helps to regulate your blood sugar, but did you know that it also aids in digestion. Fiber adds “bulk” to your diet, helping to flush toxins and waste through your digestive tract. You’ll find that your bowel movements are more normalized and your overall bowel health better.
Acai berries are great for your skin, your heart and for fighting disease. But did you know acai can also help improve mental function? Acai is a natural anti-inflammatory. It protects pathways to the brain which impact your thinking. In short, these anti-inflammatory properties help you think more clearly, maintain brain cell health and may even help to boost your mood.
Because of their powerful antioxidant properties, acai berries support your cellular health. Studies show that acai assists your cells in the regeneration process as well as provides protection to cells. Additionally, the high levels of vitamin C in acai is shown to reduce damage to DNA. Vitamins C and E also both protect against free radical damage.
As you know, acai berries contain very high concentrations of antioxidants. As a result, your skin cells are better able to divide and regenerate. That means a reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
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