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What Is Acai Berry?
aka Euterpe olearacea, açaï d’Amazonie, acai extract, acai fruit, acai palm
Acai is a small, reddish-purple berry found on a breed of palm tree called Euterpe oleracea that grows in Central and South America. The berry contains around 70 calories per 3.5 oz (99gram) serving. It contains phytonutrients called anthocyanins which have antioxidant properties and, like other fruit, really are an excellent source of dietary fiber. Touted as a superfood that promotes weight loss, improves immune function, and reduces inflammation, the berry is commonly sold in the consumer market as frozen pulp or juice, as well as added to drinks, smoothies, and foods available in supplement form.
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What It Does
Acai’s mechanism of action is unclear, but it is thought the antioxidant qualities of anthocyanin play a part in limiting the generation of unstable molecules called free radicals. This protects the bodys cells from damage during heightened periods of stress, including exercise stress, and could lend the sportsman protection against excessive inflammatory pressure and immune breakdown that could put a damper on performance.
Health Benefits of Acai
When consumed as part of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables it helps support weight. It is purported that it might reduce inflammation and improve immune function, thus helping an athlete preserve their well being during extreme cycles of training. Many profesional athletes add it to their supplement regime for just this reason. As such it can also be beneficial for those looking to improve their fitness or just lose weight.
Antioxidants inside the pulp and juice of the acai plant are absorbed better by the body and can be contained as part of a health beneficial diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
While the antioxidants in the berry are considered to offer some of its beneficial qualities, it is estimated that less than 5% of the anthocyanins included within the acai berry are actually absorbed to the human body. A human trial demonstrated an improvement in absorption speed when acai was consumed in pulp or juice kind, but the little subject size makes the validity of the results questionable (Mertens Talcott et al., 2008). It truly is obvious that more finely designed research on human subjects should really be conducted to confirm a mechanism of activity and create any valid recommendations for use. Truly, the existing consensus by health experts is that including the berry as a portion of a diet rich and fruits and vegetables is beneficial. Berry supplements are also useful and may be more convenient for those who wish to take them.
Acai berry, consumed in whole fruit form, is likely safe. Consuming the berry in supplement or other form is also likely safe. Always consult you doctor before consuming any supplement products or radically changing your diet. If you believe that you may be alergic to any supplement or food product then do not consume it.