Let’s kick these free radical’s arses and get in some antioxidants!
There are constantly new fashionable and popular “superfoods” out there but the acai berry is one I hadn’t heard much about so I thought it would do some digging and highlight for you some of the key facts about this awesome little berry.
First of all, I love the taste. To me its tastes like wild berries with chocolate. I buy it in powder form so it is easy to put in all sorts, one of my favourites being the blueberry and acai smoothie with a spoon. Acai berries come from the Amazonian rainforest where they are harvested from 30-40 metre palm trees. The berries are low in sugar and acid unlike most fruits. Because of this the berries must be picked, processed and frozen within 24 hours to retain all their goodness.
There are many claims out there that acai berries help you lose weight but this is made up nonsense! There are unfortunately no shortcuts to losing weight. However, acai berries have many other benefits. They have a very high concentration of antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules that destroy free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules which destroy cells and disturb the homeostasis of the body. They are derived from essential metabolic processes in the body and from external sources. Physical and mental stresses are two of the causes of free radicals building up in our bodies. One thing to be aware of is the more you exercise the more free radicals your body produces so be sure to get in those antioxidants! External sources are pollutants in the air, chemicals used in farming or processing our food (eat organic to reduce this risk), cigarette smoke and many others.
Free radicals can lead to premature ageing and can damage our DNA and therefore have been suggested to play a role in the development of cancer. With the increase in pollutants we are now subjected to it has been suggested that this is one of the reasons for the growing number of cancer cases. Let’s kick these free radical’s arses and get in some antioxidants! Acai berries are a great way to do this as they have been recognised as one of the world’s highest ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) foods. ORAC measures the ability of the antioxidants to neutralise free radicals.
Acari berries also contain fibre that keeps everything moving in our gut, helps maintain a healthy bowel, lowers cholesterol levels and helps control blood sugar levels. They are also high in essential fatty acids which have many jobs in the body including, hormone production, regulation of blood pressure, liver function, immune and inflammatory responses and regulation of blood clotting to name a few. Many vitamins are found in acai berries, including Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E. They are also a great source of calcium, magnesium, zinc and copper. I mean what is not to love about these little berries!