A grape-like fruit harvested in the rainforests of South America, acai berries are hailed as the world’s newest superfood. The berries are rich in antioxidants, which can help combat health conditions like arthritis, cancer, high cholesterol, erectile dysfunction, inflammation, detoxification and improving overall well being, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Acai berries contain other powerful properties like fiber, vitamin C and heart-healthy fats, which help keep the body in ideal physical condition.
Anthocyanins are the substance responsible for giving foods their strong blue, purple and red hues. They work to protect against human diseases by interacting with other phytochemicals to produce biological effects. They have become more important to the food industry as natural alternatives for artificial food coloring with noted health properties. According to the Advances in Nutrition Journal, epidemiological studies have shown that eating more anthocyanins can lower the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, which is the most common cause of death for both men and women. Acaiology also reports that anthocyanins may slow down the aging process, prevent blood clots and improve blood circulation in the body.
Acai berries are very versatile, and can be consumed raw or as juice. Smoothies, jelly, tablets and other processed products are also available to receive the health benefits of this valuable fruit