Amazing Amazonian Açaí

Isabelle Laker by Isabelle Laker 17 January 2018

Just how good is açaí for your body? Discover the superb health benefits of this sweet superfood in our simple guide

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Amazing Amazonian Açaí

Background

Açaí (pronounced a-sigh-ee) has long been heralded as a super food, and for good reason. Whilst of course it’s not a miracle cure for every ailment, açaí is rich in antioxidants, fibre, healthy fats, calcium and other vitamins and minerals. Not only that, the berries themselves are low in sugar! The açaí palm is found in the swamps and floodplains of Brazil and Trinidad as well as other parts of northern South America and is a dietary staple of those living in the Amazon region.

 

What it contains

When people talk about açaí, they tend to go on about its antioxidant properties. Açaí has an incredibly high ORAC score, making it one of the best natural antioxidants. ORAC stands for ‘Oxygen radical absorbance capacity’ and measures the ability of a food to slow the oxidation of other molecules. Oxygen is destructive to cells in the bodies and can lead to various cancers, elevated blood pressure, inflammation of arthritis and asthma, and accelerate ageing. 

 

Health Benefits

1. Cardio-Protective Benefits

Acai has similar properties to red wine like its high levels in anthocyanins which is a type of antioxidant that supports balanced cholesterol levels. 

2. Assists in Weight Loss

Studies have shown that the pulp found in acai berries have properties to help reduce fat deposits which helps you maintain or promote weight loss.

3. Aids Digestions

Acai berries have a powerful detoxifying capacity to keep your digestive system, clean and functional. 

4. Assists Performance

Acai extract can result in an overall level of energy boost and improve mental function. These traits assist you during training and can help you improve performance. 

5. Immunity Booster

Phytochemicals are found in acai berries which can disrupt cell mutation at a molecular level which kill the infected cells before they multiply. 

 

Recipes

acai bowl 

There’s no reason to go out and pay large sums of money for an açaí bowl at a trendy health bar. You can achieve exactly the same thing at home using True Protein Açaí Powder, a freeze dried powder made from 100% raw açaí berries. Our product is sourced from Columbia and freeze dried to preserve its natural properties. A deep purple colour, True Açaí has a rich berry and chocolate-like flavour. So how can you incorporate this beautiful berry into your diet? Why not start with some of these recipes? 

 

Açaí Berry Smoothie

acai berry smoothie

 

Açaí and Banana Breakfast Smoothie

acai banana smoothie

 

 

Açaí and Matcha Chia Pudding

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