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Açaí: the Amazon superfood

 

This small fruit has a great capacity to strengthen the body and slow age-related deterioration. Try it as a powdered supplement.

The açai is the fruit of the açaí palm tree or manaca (Euterpe olaracea), native to and extensively cultivated in the Amazon. It resembles the blueberry, but is larger and has a stone.

His medicinal and fortifying use dates back to the first indigenous tribes, for whom it was a staple food: it constituted 25% of their daily diet.

Açaí is rich in antioxidants especially phenols and anthocyanins, the latter responsible for its dark colour. This gives it an ORAC value – which measures the antioxidant activity of a food – of 185, much higher even than blueberries (32) and black grapes (11).

It also provides omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids and contains large amounts of betasisterols – plant sterols – which reduce the absorption of cholesterol and regulate blood levels. It is also abundant in amino acids, minerals such as calcium, iron and phosphorus, provitamin A and vitamins C and E. It completes its value with a good fiber content and few sugars.

Açaí, endless benefits

The anthocyanins reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) levels, while the plant sterols act as vasodilators and relax the veins, which helps to lower blood pressure and improve circulation, and therefore, the oxygenation of the blood.

The açaí oil is used in cosmetics: it moisturizes the skin and soothes irritation. In addition, nourishment is from the inside out: the consumption of acai is reflected in a glowing skin.

Fresh is a good source of vitamin C, known for. strengthening immunity and improve the body’s ability to fight any disease, including cancer. In addition, due to its high content of ellagic acid and polyphenols it prevents the growth of cancer cells at the molecular level and, to some extent, metastasis.

A study published by the American Cancer Society in 1989 found that it slows the growth of prostate cancer cells in vitro by up to 80%.

This fruit is often used, along with maca, to combat prostate cancer. erectile dysfunction or the lack of sexual desire without apparent cause. Açaí works by improving the general blood flow in the body. In this way it strengthens and enlivens all organs.

Its antioxidants slow down the cellular oxidation that accompanies aging. Drinking its juice or applying its oil helps to combat hair loss, premature wrinkles, macular degeneration and cataract formation.

How to consume açaí

It is usually marketed in powder form which allows it to be easily added to smoothies, juices, desserts and bars, although it can also be found in juice or the oil to apply to the skin.

You can also opt for local berries with less antioxidant power but equally healthy, such as blueberries, blackberries or raspberries.

 

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Fede E.
Journalist and copywriter in equal parts. Critic and specialist in information related to gastronomy and food.
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