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WHAT IS ACAI?

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What is açaí, anyway? Found on açaí palm trees in South American rainforests, açaí berries are a lot like grapes. The seed takes up about 80% of the berry, but the flesh and skin pack plenty of vitamins and other nutrients in the remaining 20%. 

Açaí is very well-known for its health-boosting properties, which is why it has become so popular and is exported around the world. It is rich in Vitamin A, which is beneficial to sight and skin. It is also rich in other minerals.


Anthocyanins, the same compound that gives açaí and many other dark blue and purple foods their color, also gives it the antioxidant properties it has. Anthocyanins are also generally known to lower the levels of bad cholesterol. Another benefit açaí has been found to have is a negative effect on the formation and spread of cancer cells.


Açaí may also have a positive effect on brain function due to its antioxidant properties that can protect our brain cells from oxidation. Studies performed on lab rats showed that açaí stimulated the toxin sweep that the brain performs to stay sharp.

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