What's So Great About Acai?
Acai (actually spelled Açaí and pronounced ah-sah-ee) has long been in use by the people of the Amazon rainforest as well as the Brazilian rainforest and has just recently hit the American main-stream. Its versatility is allowing it to quickly become known as a 'wonder food' as it has numerous qualities that you can't get anywhere else from one source.
First, let's look at some of the natural healthy properties of the Acai berry:
- Vitamins A, B1 and E
- Amino Acids
- Omega Fats
This alone makes Acai a powerful fruit all by itself, but the benefits don't stop there. Not only is it good for its rich nutrients and its amazing quality in foods, it has also been known to provide astounding health benefits. Just read over a few of the reported benefits:
- Effective in Weight Loss (it's naturally low in sugar)
- Treatment of Skin Irritation
- Increases Energy Levels
- Treatment of Sexual Dysfunction
- Improves Mental Clarity & Focus
- Treatment of Digestive Problems
- Normalizes cholesterol levels
- Treatment of Insomnia
The list goes on, but you can instantly tell why the berry has been such a big hit here in the States.
As an example, NBC's Today show featured a story on Acai back in 2004 that explored several of the benefits you've read here. Even more intruiging was research done at the University of Florida that discovered that the Acai berry was effective at destroying cultured leukemia cells.
Of course, more research is being done on the wonder fruit and more findings are waiting to be published for public consumption. Until then, feel free to drop by your local health food store or have a free sample bottle of Acai berry pulp in pill form shipped to you.