Archive for April, 2009

What is an Acai Berry?

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Over the past few months I have started to read more literature and be asked more questions about this potent berry–so I thought my readers might want to learn more about it.

The acai berry is a dark purple fruit that has a large pit or seed. It is harvested in the Amazon Rainforests of South America. The acai berry, like most berries, is an antioxidant; its antioxidant benefits come from the pulp and skin of the berry; however the heart of palm can also be consumed. An antioxidant does just what its name implies; they counteract the effects of oxidation in our body’s tissues. Oxidation is a normal part of the aging process and it is what causes our bodies to break down. Antioxidants are nutrients and enzymes that will stop the progression of this breakdown in the body.

As you peruse the Internet, you will find that Acai berry claims to have many benefits, ranging from improving the heart to increasing metabolism and strengthening the immune system. While these may be true, these characteristics are not unique to acai berries; blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries are also antioxidants that provide similar as well as complimentary benefits.

While the acai berry may be a great supplement to your diet, try not to forget about all the other potent fruits ad vegetables that are readily available to us. I guess the old saying that variety is the spice of life holds true!