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Acai berry and its benefits

The following article is from http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-09-16/diet/42113064_1_acai-berry-acids-cholesterol

Acai berry and its benefits

(Acai berry and its benefits )

Of late, acai berries have gained a reputation as super foods, which have weight-loss and anti-aging properties. Many cosmetics companies use acai berries in their beauty products. Read on to find out a few of the benefits of this super food.

A popular Brazilian fruit, acai berry is about one inch in circumference and black-purple in colour. Thisfruit comes from the acai palm tree which is native to Central and South America. Acai berry has numerous health benefits like preventing aging, improving digestion, boosting energy, and more. Researchers have focussed on its possible antioxidant activity, which may help prevent diseases caused bystress, such as heart disease and cancer

Prevents early aging

Rich in antioxidants, acai berry prevents the free radicals from causing damage to the skin, thus preventing early aging. Acai's ORAC level (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) is over 3,500, which is much higher than any average fruit like apple and banana. Acai oil is used as a core product in many beauty products as well.

Keeps the heart healthy

Acai berry is extremely high in anthocyanin, a form of plant antioxidant associated with the ability to lower cholesterol levels in the blood stream. It is also rich in plant sterols that help in lowering cholesterol. It occupies the space that cholesterol would take in the body, preventing the risk of heart ailments.

Boosts energy

To get a jumpstart, simply eat a handful of these delicious berries and you will be ready to go. Acai berry contains omega acids that improve the metabolism rate making you feel much lighter and energetic.

Improves digestion

Regular intake of the acai berry keeps your digestive system clean and helps it in functioning well. The fruit is a natural source of dietary fibre, which aids healthy digestion keeping problems like bloating, constipation and diarrhoea away.

Improves sleep and regulates brain function

This fruit is a store house of essential fatty acids that help in regulating the function of the brain. Rich with omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, the acai berry boosts the development of nervous system. The vitamin B in it regulates the dopamine and serotonin, which are neurotransmitters that improve sleep production in the brain.


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