The Açai Berry – Nature's Radical Way to Better Health
February 26, 2014
By Raine Dinale
Is the Acai Berry Good For You?
We in the western world have only known about the Acai Berry since the 1990s. But now suddenly the Acai berry has become so highly sort after that Brazil now mass produces the crop.

The Acai berry is highly versatile and absolutely delicious. It can be used in many dishes or eaten raw. It's likened to cherries or blueberries. As the juice of the Acai berry only has a 24 hour active life span, the harvesting process has to be very swift.

But, the question on everyone's lips, is the Acai berry actually good for you?

Is the Acai Berry Good for You?

The Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) Berry tree is found in South America in the Amazon region and is traditionally known as "the Tree of Life" for its qualities of increasing one's endurance and stamina.

The Acai berry was first used by Amazonian tribes for its medicinal properties. The native people of the Amazon have had the incredible Acai berry for thousands of years and it has been no secret to them what tremendous health properties it provides.

The Acai berry was also used to fight a disease transmitted by snails, called schistosomosis, which has affected 10 million Brazilians over time. It has strong antibacterial properties and can be used to fight certain infections.

For general health and wellbeing the Acai berry has what is known as ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) where its ability to soak up free radicals far surpasses any other fruit in existence. So the many daily activities which create free radicals can be absorbed by eating this berry.

It is truly amazing to learn again that if you choose to live harmoniously with nature that Mother Nature will provide.

Health Benefits of the Acai Berry

Here are some of the ways in which the Acai berry can help you lead a stronger, more disease-free life:
  • The Acai Berry Aids the Digestive System: The Acai berry has very powerful detoxification capabilities and, like many other foods and berries, is a high source of dietary fibre.
  • The Acai Berry Improves Cellular Health: The Acai berry plays a role in the body's cellular protection system by the anthocyanins found in the berry. This strengthens cells against the invasion of free radicals.
  • The Acai Berry Can Aid Weight Loss and Weight Loss Maintenance: The Acai berry reduces the negative effect of high fat diets.
  • The Acai Berry Helps the Body Resist Harmful Organisms: Acai extract helps fight harmful organisms.
  • The Acai Berry Promotes a Healthy Heart: Anthocyanins (a plant form antioxidant) in the berry lower cholesterol levels within the blood stream. The Acai berry is also rich in plant sterols, providing cardio protective benefits by improving blood circulation, preventing blood clots and acting as a relaxant for our blood vessels.
  • The Acai Berry May Assist in the Suppression of Cancer Growth: A high level of ellagic acid and vitamin C found in the Acai berry boosts the immune system and this has been shown to suppress cancer growth.
  • The Acai Berry is an Energy and Stamina Booster: The overall benefits can help combat fatigue and exhaustion whilst improving energy and stamina levels.
  • Improvement of Mental Function During Menopause: Research has shown that the Acai berry can help women prevent mental imbalance during menopause.
  • Improvement in Sex Drive: The Acai berry can help increase and improve blood circulation thereby also boosting sex drive.
  • Anti-Aging Qualities: The Acai berry is high in antioxidants (in fact one of the highest sources there is) and this can contribute to a slowing down or reversal of the ageing process related to oxidative damage.
  • The Reduction of Irritation: The Acai berry can prevent irritation normally associated with respiratory distress.
  • The Acai Berry Promotes Healthy Skin: Acai oil is being used in many modern beauty products. Taken internally, the Acai berry can also help with skin conditions as well as give your skin a healthier more vibrant glow.
Raine Dinale has worked as a published freelance writer for more than 20 years in both Australia and New Zealand. She established copywriting company woRDspin, and presently acts as Editor/Senior Writer for a new magazine called 'Secrets to Health on the Mornington Peninsula'. Raine is also a working actor who has recently settled in Mornington. She has three beautiful daughters and a Spoodle named Harry. You can contact Raine through her Facebook page or LinkedIn.
"Amazonian tribes have had the Acai berry for thousands of years and it has been no secret to them what tremendous health properties it provides."