Açaí - the miracle berries from the Amazon region
They offer an impressive combination of nutrients and have an unusually high ORAC content (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity).
Acai berries with their high antioxidant content have many health benefits for mind and body. The acai berry grows on the khol palm trees in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil. The Acai berries are smaller than grapes and dark purple. They consist for the most part of a core, which is surrounded only by little pulp. The core even accounts for around 90% of the acai berry.
Acai has become a popular superfruit in just a few years and is considered by many to be one of the most nutritious foods in the world. Acai berries contain many anthocyanins, antioxidants, fiber, healthy omega fatty acids, amino acids, proteins, phytosterols, vitamins and minerals.
Also, the Acai berry tastes extraordinary, nutty with a hint of chocolate.
The impressive Açaí nutrient profile provides calcium, iron, protein and fiber. It is also a rich source of antioxidants. Dried acai berries have one of the highest ORAC values ??of 70,000 units per 100 grams.
red grapes only reach a value of 740 on the ORAC scale.
Vital substances in acai berries
Acai berries contain 10 times as many antioxidants as grapes
and twice as much as blueberries,
10 to 30 times as many anthocyanins as red wine.
The ORAC value for 100 grams of spray dried acai powder is over 70,000.
A high value, considering that the majority of the population consumes less than 1,000 ORAC units per day.
Acai provides healthy fats
The Acai berry contains many omega fatty acids. Almost 50% of Acai berry's calories come from its fat content - with 74% of the fat being healthy, unsaturated fats, such as omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9, in an ideal relationship.
Acai is rich in amino acids and proteins
7.59% of the weight of the pulp of the Acai berry is accounted for by amino acids.
19 different amino acids are identified in Acai berries.
Since amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, it is no surprise that 100 grams of acai contain 8 grams of protein.
Acai is a great source of phytosterols
Three phytosterols have been found in acai berries - B-sitosterol, campesterin and stigmasterol. Phytosterols provide numerous health benefits in maintaining a healthy heart and digestion.
Acai is a rich source of vitamins and minerals
Acai berries contain vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E. They provide as much vitamin C as blueberries, and you also get more than 1000 IU of vitamin A with 100 grams of acai powder. Potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper and zinc are also found in the Acai berry.
Acai has a high content of fiber
For such a small fruit, the Acai berry has a strong fiber profile. 100 grams of lyophilized acai powder contain around 14 grams of fiber.
Acai berry powder is used in cereals, smoothies and desserts. The vital substances of Acai are further researched and there are many ingredients of the fruit that have not yet been determined. We know that there must be undiscovered antioxidants in the Acai berry because it contains a great many anthocyanins - but not enough to justify this incredible ORAC value.
What are the health benefits of Acai berries?
Acai berries are among the healthiest superfruits you can eat. Although they contain many nutrients, antioxidants are the main reason for their health benefits. The ideal combination of Acai berry omega fatty acids enhances the health of the digestive system and the cardiovascular system.
Acai berries optimize metabolism, which is why many of the world's best athletes make them part of their diet. Acai's natural proteins provide the body with valuable amino acids to regenerate body tissues. Protein plays an important role in all vital biological processes.
- Acai berries increase energy, libido and stamina
- Acai berries ensure healthy, radiant skin and hair
- Acai berries promote a healthy sleep Acai berries support the rejuvenation of mind, body and soul
The US Department of Agriculture has commissioned studies to investigate the relationship between foods that are rich in antioxidants and the aging process. Here are some quotes from the scientists involved in the research:
"Studies by the Jean Mayer USDA's Human Nutrition Research Center of Aging at Tufts University, Boston, show that consuming high-ORAC fruits and vegetables can help slow the body's and brain's aging process."
Ronald L. Prior, the researcher of the study of the Department of Agriculture, says that
"ORAC value can help define the nutritional requirements needed to prevent tissue damage."
Can Acai cure diseases?
If you believe some websites, Acai berries seem to be a miracle food. If you want to stay healthy and feel energized and young, you need a healthy, nutrient-rich diet and exercise. It is true that when it comes to good nutrition, you can not find anything better than acai berries. One should not, however, raise false hopes by claiming that acai berries are a panacea for all diseases. But it is clear that consuming high ORAC foods has health benefits.
How is spray-dried acai berry powder made?
The naturally high content of Acai berry's healthy fatty acids means that it spoils much faster than most other fruits - usually within 24 hours. Once the berries are harvested, they are processed immediately. We offer them here frozen or as dry powder.
Spray-drying makes very effective use of the principle of surface enlargement. In spray-drying, the liquid, pressed pulp on maltodextrin at the top of a drying tower is atomized into fine droplets. The drops are dried during their free fall by a stream of hot air in the tower. The temperature of the hot air flow is between 150 - 250 ° C and acts on the products only for a period of half to one second. The temperature of the powder particle cools down by the evaporation of water directly and is only about 60 - 80 ° C. Besides freeze-drying, spray-drying is the second-most gentle method.
Why can't we buy fresh acai berries from the supermarket?
Fresh Acai berries are only available in the Amazon rainforest. The Acai berry spoils very quickly and is no longer edible 24 hours after being picked from the acai palm, so it would not "survive" the transport. Therefore, the pulp of Acai berries is pureed immediately after harvesting and spray-dried or frozen or freeze-dried and offered in form of powder or juice pads as Acai dietary supplements. These contain all the vital substances of the fresh Acai berries in highly concentrated form.
Do Acai berries have side effects or interactions?
No! Acai berries like all other edible fruits, have no side effects or interactions. The important thing is to make sure you buy 100% all-natural Acai, frozen, spray-dried or freeze-dried when buying Acai.