If acai isn’t already a part of your diet, it probably should be. Why, you ask? We consulted one of our favorite health food sources, The Chalkboard Mag for some answers.
What is acai?
Açaí is a small, dark purple berry that grows on the acai palm in the Amazon forest of Brazil. The nutrients come from the pulp and skin of the fruit, and the berries taste like a mix of blueberries and chocolate.
The acai berry is extremely high in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, making it a superfood that minimizes the effects of aging and supports the immune system and healthy skin. It is also rich in B vitamins, vitamin K, zinc, calcium, iron, potassium and manganese.
What are the benefits of acai?
Believed to have the highest concentration of antioxidants among all edible fruits, acai contains about 300 percent more antioxidants than blueberries or grapes. This is important because antioxidants protect the cells from damage, which may reduce inflammation, and prevent disease.
In fact, one study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that compounds extracted from acai reduced cancer cell proliferation by 56-86%. This indicates that it may have the ability to halt the progression of cancer.
How should I eat acai?
There are many ways to take down acai, but the most common are in an acai bowl or smoothie. Check out this coconut acai bowl recipe for a fun spin. For smoothies, you can purchase the acai in frozen packets, or blend up your own using Acai Powder or a Smoothie Mix.
Even better? Try the limited Beyond Yoga x Coolhaus flavor, Spiked Acai Ice Cream! It consists of wine, acai, goji berries and ground chocolate. Need we say more?