Benefits of Acai Berry
For centuries, acai berries have been used for food, beverages, medicines and dyes by the Amazon people.
Traditionally used to treat digestive orders and skin conditions, modern research studies are suggesting much greater health benefits.
A lot of claims are being made about Acai’s potential health benefits. Unfortunately, most of these have not been proven scientifically. Because Acai is highly perishable and has only been available in processed forms for the last few years, research is only in the very early stages. Many long term studies and clinical trials will be required in order to determine the full health benefits.
In the meantime, manufacturers, distributors, and consumer testimonials would have us believe that Acai is a cure for whatever ails you. Here are some of the benefits attributed to Acai:
- Improves cellular health
- Fights or prevents diabetes
- Prevents cancer growth
- Acts as a powerful-inflammatory
- Slows the progression of Alzheimer’s
- Helps to prevent stroke
- Fights infection
- Prevents premature aging
- Improves eyesight
- Controls or lowers cholesterol
- Improves blood circulation
- Improves digestive health
- Improves skeletal strength
- Protects the heart
- Controls prostrate enlargement
- Increases energy, libido and stamina
- Promotes healthy, glowing skin and hair
- Supports a healthy immune system
- Aids weight control by decreasing appetite and delaying hunger
Can it really do all these things? It’s just soon to tell. But we do know that many of the compounds found in Acai have proven effective in the prevention or treatment of many of these conditions.
It’s the Antioxidants!
Most of the potential health benefits can be traced to Acai’s potent antioxidant properties. Since many diseases have a component of oxidative stress at their origins, the potential benefits for a high-antioxidant fruit like Acai are numerous. Studies suggest that antioxidants may be helpful in the prevention or treatment of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic inflammation, cognitive disorders, anti–aging, and bacterial infections, among others.
We know that calcium can help prevent osteoporosis. Calcium helps to strengthen bones and prevent fractures. Calcium is also helpful in developing healthy teeth and gums. Calcium rich foods tend to coat the lining of the stomach and uterus, and may reduce the pain that comes from cramps and bloating.
Potassium is the most abundant mineral in the acai berry. It is essential to the body’s regulation of water balance, acidity levels and blood pressure regulation. Is also essential to the proper transmission of electrical impulses in the heart.
High Fiber Content
Fiber is essential to cardiovascular and digestive health. The high fiber content in Acai may help lower cholesterol and help prevent colon cancer.
Amino Acids and Fatty Acids
Amino acids and essential fatty acids are key to muscle development regeneration. In addition to promoting hearth health, oleic acid, one of the fatty acids found in Acai, is believed to block the action of a cancer-causing oncogene found in about 30 per cent of breast cancer patients. Fatty acids can lower cholesterol, and are believed to promote healthy joint function by lubricating the membranes that cushion joints and bones.
Low Glycemic Levels Index
Acai’s low glycemic index may help improve glucose and lipid levels in diabetic individuals. It may also aid weight control by helping to control appetite and delay hunger.