In time when every food seems to be artificial and medical concerns stuff us with the newest cures for everything, some people try to find help using natural cures.
We forgot how powerful nature can be, after all we only duplicate its achievements in medicine. That is why a category of super foods has been invented, foods so packed with healthy nutrients that they can be called natural medicine.
Probably the most wide spread family of super-foods are vegetables from ‘Allium’ family – vegetables like garlic, onions or leeks. This not very glamorous group of vegetables, contains flavonoids, which stimulate production of antioxidants in the liver, thus detoxifying your body.
Until now one of the most famous “super-foods” was blueberry. Having high number of antioxidants, anthocyanins and phytochemicals, preventing aging, cancer and numerous brain diseases, was a food of choice for many healthy individuals.
However recently, blueberry’s spotlight has been taken by a new berry.
Acai berry = #1 super food?
When acai berry was first introduced to the public eye, there were numerous talks about how healthy it is. However, publicity seemed to focus all of it’s attention on the very high antioxidants level, leaving in the background wealth of other healthy details about this berry.
First thing we have to mention about this fruit, is very high level of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are located mainly in peels of vegetables/fruits. They are powerful protectors against harmful free radicals, which develop as a result of exposure to the UV light and various metabolic processes.
Not only that, they also preserve delicate antioxidants within the fruit. While, you may have heard that red whine has a large number of anthocyanins, Acai has 10 to 30 times more.
Another very important detail, is the fact that acai berry has very high level of fiber. For every 100 grams of Acai you eat, you receive 45 grams of fiber.
Acai is rich in healthy unsaturated fats from omega family, which have been proven to help you with anything from your brain to preventing cancer. In Acai you will find mainly the most important omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9.
Acai berry contains a lot of protein and amino acids. Acai has 19 different amino acids, which are crucial for growth, maintenance and repair of your body tissues. Our bodies can produce only 11 of these acids, so you have to supply the rest with your diet.
Acai also offers three different plant sterols: sigmasterol, campesterol and B-sitosterol. These three sterols are invaluable to health of your heart.
Açai berries are also rich in vitamins B1, B2, B3, C and E, they provide you with just as much vitamin C as blueberries. In addition for every 100 grams of Acai you eat, you get more than 1000 IU of Vitamin A.
Açai also contains essential minerals, mainly potassium, calcium, copper, magnesium, and zinc.
I hope now you understand why, Acai berry is called #1 super food and you should make sure it has an adequate place in your diet.