This little purple palm berry certainly packs a punch. Its wide-ranging health benefits have elevated it to superfood status in recent years. Read on to find out how it earned its title and how to include it in your diet.

Why So Super?

Indigenous to Central and South America, their impressive health properties have made acai berries
a firm favourite with Brazilian tribes for centuries. The tasty berries are bursting with antioxidants, including high levels of anthocyanins, a form of plant antioxidant associated with the ability to lower cholesterol levels and improve circulation.

They are also a source of dietary fibre and are used as a digestive aid, as well as to help maintain
a healthy weight. Packed with essential minerals including calcium, copper, magnesium, potassium and zinc, acai berries are nature’s original workout supplement.

Add to that the fatty acids Omega 3, 6 and 9, amino acids for growth and cell repair, and more vitamins than there are letters in the alphabet, and you’ll be heading to the grocers to buy some before you’ve even finished reading this article.

How To Eat

Because of their energy enhancing properties, creamy texture and chocolate overtones, acai berries are the perfect snack designed for an afternoon lift at home or at the office.

Did You Know?

Due to their high levels of antioxidants, the oil from acai berries is used in cosmetics and beauty products such as facial and body creams, anti-ageing creams and hair products. So check out the ingredients list when buying for your bathroom cabinet as well as your kitchen cupboards.

And…

The fibre found in Acai berry skin and pulp can aid digestion. Fibre can help prevent or relieve constipation and may help support a healthy cardiovascular system.

Acai Berry Smoothie Recipe

Calories

298 kcal

Total Fat

0.6g

Protein

25g

 

 

 

  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened frozen acai berries
  • 1 cup of unsweetened apple juice
  • 8 fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 2 tbsp (1 scoop) of whey protein isolate

Blend the above ingredients until smooth, adding ice for a cooler temperature. In order to prevent a high sugar spike, opt for a portion of protein prior to consuming the drink.

 

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