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Health Benefits of Acai Berry

What is it?
Acai BerryAcai berries come from palm trees of the same name that are native to Central and South America. The berries themselves are small, round, and dark-blue/purple. They are often said to resemble grapes in shape and usually exist between blueberries and grapes in size. Acai has been used for many years as a staple food of the Brazilian/Brazilian-Amazon diet, but more recently, international demand has grown due to greater recognition of its health benefits, specifically its antioxidant and anti-aging properties.

What makes acai berries a superfood?

 Acai berries are considered by many to be superfoods (or superfruits) because they are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are known to fight off damage from free radicals in the body. Free radical damage is scientifically linked to weakened immunities, certain types of cancer, and cell damage. Consuming antioxidant rich foods like acai berries protect your cells from all types of disease and damage and can vastly improve long-term health.

Acai berries are rich in two specific kinds of antioxidants called anthocyanins and flavonoids. Flavonoids can be found in many antioxidant rich foods and are some of the more common antioxidants. Anthocyanins, on the other hand, can only be found in blue or purple-hued fruits—it is, in part, what gives these bluish-purple fruits their color. Acai berries, however, are even better than other similarly colored berries (like blueberries) because they are so rich in antioxidants. They have even more antioxidant content than cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Eating acai berries can form an integral part of healthy diet, but that’s not all the health benefits these versatile wonderberries can provide?

The science available on acai berries are preliminary, but it’s also encouraging. Studies indicate that acai berries can play a key role in fighting inflammation in the heart. By reducing inflammation and protecting your heart from other dangerous factors, eating antioxidant-rich acai can fight off heart disease and help prolong your life. If you are looking to maintain long-term health as well as boost immunity, integrating acai berries into your diet should be one of the first things you do.

Where can I get them?
Acai berries have grown in popularity in recent years. What once was a food staple native almost only to South America can be found almost anywhere across the continental United States and beyond. Acai berries can be found in the fruit and/or produce section of any local supermarket. Also, acai berries have become prominent ingredients in a number of different drinks. If you are having trouble finding the berries themselves, you can easily find a number of products with acai berries (and their accompanying antioxidants) as an ingredient. Lastly, you acai berries can be easily found online. Quality, price, and volume differ based on a number of different factors, however, so a definitive price is hard to nail down. If you are looking to boost immunities and remain young and healthy for years to come, eat acai berries.

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