About the Acai Berry
Acai berries are the seeds of the Acai palm tree, which is native to South and Central America. However, now due to its many uses and health benefits, the plantations have spread to many parts of the world. The name Acai originates from the word “içá-çai” of the Brazilian natives, meaning “fruit that cries”.
History of the Acai Berry
Traditionally, the fruit was consumed on a large scale among the natives in the northern part of Brazil, where, almost 42% of the population consumed it as a part of their daily diet. The fruit gained publicity in the 1970s and 1980s in Rio de Janeiro, where it was brought by the northern Brazilians.
The major deterrent to the widespread use of the fruit is its durability. After it is cut from the tree, the fruit can only last for a period of 24 hours. Today, the fruit is frozen and transferred to the coastal towns of Brazil, where it is processed into beverages and other food products. It is then exported throughout the world.
Health Benefits of Acai Berries
• The Acai berries are powerful antioxidants.
• Their high fiber content is extremely useful for digestion.
• Consumption of Acai berries helps in maintaining good levels of HDL or good cholesterol and lowering the amount of LDL or bad cholesterol.
• Being high in nutrients like proteins, calcium, vitamins B6, A, E etc. Acai berries prove to be extremely beneficial for the human immune system.
• Recent research has shown that the antioxidants in Acai berries help in the apoptosis of leukemia cells, which is known to help in to controlling cancer.