Acai berries are cultivated from the Acai palm (Euterpe Oleracea) found in Central and South America, especially in the swamps and floodplains of the Amazonian. The berry itself resembles a small grape, round and approximately 1 inch in circumference. It is black-purple in colour and tastes like a mixture of red wine and chocolate. In the Amazonian the Acai berry is a large component of the local staple diet. By exporting them in dried or powdered form they can be stored long term and retain their Acai berry benefits.
Acai berries are rich in antioxidants such as anthocyanins and flavanoids. Scientific research shows that Acai have the highest scalable antioxidant value of any known berry and 30 times more anthocyanins than are found in red wine. This abundance of antioxidants help to remove the bacteria and toxins from the colon which is why 'Acai Berry Cleanse' diets are so popular. The colon is the end portion of the intestinal tract which breaks down food, absorbs nutrients and stores waste until it is passed. The colon can harbour bad bacteria and toxins which results in poor digestion. The Acai berry cleanse the colon so you digest food more efficiently and are rid of any toxic build up. A more effective digestive system helps assist weight loss.
Acai berries also help with weight loss because they are high in fibre. Fibre helps you process food more quickly and efficiently by ridding the body of fatty residues in the gut. Acai berries contain a high portion of fibre so help promote healthier, more regular digestion assisting in weight loss.
A portion of Acai contains 17g of fibre, this is more than half the daily recommended amount. By consuming a high fibre diet not only will your digestive system improve but you will not get hungry as quickly. Snacking less between meals and eating smaller portion is an essential part of any weight loss diet so Acai berries help this by keeping you fuller for longer.
A low-calorie, high-protein diet is recommended for those trying to lose weight because it helps satisfy your hunger without eating too much. An egg contains the same amount of protein as Acai berries, 8g of protein per 100g, but eggs are higher in calories so Acai berry benefits any one on this type of diet. High protein foods also take more work to digest so your burn more calories as you eat therefore losing more weight. Acai is recommended because its high protein content keeps you fuller for longer and assists weight loss.
Another important Acai berry health benefit is that they contain mono-unsaturated fat, specifically Omega 9. Omega 9 is not produced naturally by the body and is essential for keeping you healthy as well as helping you feel full after a meal. Research also shows that large amounts of omega can help to boost metabolism so you burn calories quicker. Omega 9 is usually found in high calorie products such as dark chocolate and sunflower oil. Acai berries are unique because apart from avocados they are the only fruit to contain these mono-unsaturated fats and they are low in calories. So you consume less calories, burn off more, and are still full between meals.
Other Acai benefits are a result of their high content of essential vitamins and minerals. The Acai berries contain;
Combined with the high level of antioxidants these vitamins and minerals improve your general health and help to increase overall energy levels. Exercise becomes easier and you feel less sluggish.
Research has also shown these vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can be incredibly effective in the helping to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease as well as having anti-ageing properties. It is because of this that some people call the berries 'Super Acai'.
No. Acai berries are 100% safe and a natural product. There are no negative side effects reported by those who have taken Acai berry diet pills. It has been reported that those who consumed Acai Berry juice can suffer from mild diarrhea but consuming the Acai within a diet pill does not cause this.
It is not advised that pregnant or breastfeeding women should take any supplements without consulting their GP first. It is therefore not advised that they should take Acai diet pills.