The Acai

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The Acai berry is a rich purpled colored fruit that grows on the acai palm trees, whose scientific name is Euterpe oleracea.

It is cultivated not only in the Amazon region, but in other Brazilian states, being introduced in the national market during the 1980´s.

 

In Brazil, the state of Pará is the largest producer of acai, accounting for more than 85% of the worldwide production. Nowadays, acai is highly consumed in various regions of Brazil and the world.

Benefits of the Acai

  • Rich in iron, calcium, fibers, vitamins and minerals.
  • High concentration of antioxidants that inhibits the development of free radicals, thus helping to eliminate harmful toxins that may lead to diseases, such as cancer.
  • Contains high levels of anthocyanins (flavonoid pigments responsible for the vibrant colors of many fruits and plants), preventing cholesterol from being absorbed into the bloodstream.
  • Acai is an excellent natural source of energy.
  • It is considered to be a superfruit with the capacity to strengthen physical and mental health, reducing cellular damage, such as aging.
  • Acai has 33 time more anthocyanins in comparison to fruits like grapes and blueberries.