Acai Berries and Bowls

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According to the article, “8 Exotic Superfoods to Boost Your Immune System”, acai berries one of the superfoods which contain many health benefits. They are grown on palm trees in the Amazon rainforest of northern Brazil.

Acai berries are immune-stimulating, energy boosting, and antioxidant rich. These berries contain pulp which can aid in weight loss by reducing the negative effects of a high fat diet.  They can promote skin health by giving skin a healthy glow and can combat fatigue and exhaustion providing an increased overall level of energy and stamina.

The most interesting information I found on the health benefits of acai berries is its ability to improve cellular health and to suppress the growth of cancer.

According to the article, “ 12 Health Benefits of Acai Berries”, it says, “one study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that polyphenol compounds extracted from acai reduced cancer cell proliferation by 56-86%.” It is thought that acai’s phytochemicals can stop the process of carahogensis on a molecular level, killing off tumorous cells before they multiply.

The most common way of eating acai berries is in an acai bowl. According to a Popsugar article written by Nicole Perry, an acai bowl is “a smoothie you eat from a bowl.” She suggests using acai powder as the root of the smoothie which gives the same amount of health benefits as using the berry in its solidified form. The main fun in creating an acai bowl lies in the toppings. Many cut sliced fruit like strawberries and bananas, drizzly honey or coconut oil, and add granola and seeds.

I have personally not tried an acai bowl or have had any form of the acai berry but I am eager to try it out. Many of my friends report good things about these bowls and I have noticed many postings about acai bowls on social media sites like Instagram. Acai bowls seem to be all the rage.

 

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