The Acai Berry has been featured and talked about in the press, but what is this berry and where does it come from.
The Acai Berry is a deep purple coloured grape-like berry, an inch-long and purple in colour. It comes from the acai palm tree (Euterpe oleracea), which is primarily found in the Brazilian rainforest, and has been used for hundreds of years by tribes for their medicinal properties.
Acai Berry is already renowned for its ORAC, or Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (a method of measuring levels of anti-oxidants in foods to determine the nutritional benefits). Recently a study proved that Acai has an ORAC score of around 167, an amazing 5 times more than the superfood, the blueberry. The impact this can have on your health is incredible.
Acai Berries are also rich in Omega Fats, giving a healthy dose of unsaturated fats including Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9. These essential fatty acids are known to increase energy and stamina levels.
As well as Anti-Oxidants and Omega Fats Acai Berries have a high-fiber and protein content, containing Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E.
Its Vitamin C content is as high as that of blueberries. Acai also contains essential minerals including Potassium, Calcium, Copper, Magnesium, and Zinc
Until recently, the Acai Berry was only available in Brazil as the fruit perishes quickly, and because large quantities of the fruit are needed to extracted the juice as the majority of the fruit is the seeds. However by using the process of flash freezing, you can now buy Acai Berry Supplements which pack all the natural goodness in a capsule.
Why Is Freeze Dried Important?
Freeze dried acai supplements have a higher retention of nutritional value than other processes. This is because as the water content is removed, a rich pulp is made which has a higher nutrient concentration than the raw fruit itself. Other supplements such as Extracts are made using Spray Dried Fruit. While this is cheaper the process involves heating the acai to high temperatures to evaporate the water content, before spraying the left over residue with a food additive. Unfortunately this cheaper process loses much of the nutritional value of the fruit - kind of defeating the purpose.
Pure Acai is a premium quality Freeze Dried Organic Acai Berry Powder contained in Vegetarian Capsules, with no flowing agents or fillers.