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The Nutrition of Acai Berries

Sep 10, 2010

Acai berries are derived from a tropical plant in the Amazon and have been touted as the #1 superfood. Known most for the their incredible levels of antioxidants, they are full of other nutrients as well, making them one of the most perfect fruits on the planet. When compared to other fruits, Acai berries come out ahead every time in many of the essential nutrients and vitamins we all need for an overall healthy body and life.

Antioxidants

Known most for their high levels of antioxidants, Acai berries have 10x the level of antioxidants as grapes and twice as many of blueberries. This makes it the highest level of antioxidant fruit in the world. Antioxidants are essential for our body's to fight illness, stave off disease and keep us looking vibrant and youthful.

Healthy Fats

Healthy fats are essential to keep our cardiovascular system working properly and keep our brains sharp. Omega fats (Omega 3, 6 and 9) are essential to healthy brain function and why we hear so much about eating enough fish. Acai berries are nearly 50% fat, and a huge 75% of that is Omegas.

Fiber

When we think of fiber in fruits, usually it's apples, but Acai berries offer about 14g in every 100g of freeze dried Acai powder. This is an incredibly strong fiber profile, even among other foods. Fiber is essential to the proper function of our digestive system and helps all other body systems work together smoothly.

Minerals & Vitamins

Acai berries boast A, B1, B2, B3, C and E. Acai berries have Vitamin C as blueberries. Also present in Acai berries are potassium, magnesium, copper, calcium and zinc. Because both calcium and vitamin D are present, these berries are a self contained calcium resource.

Amino Acids & Proteins

Just over 7% of the Acai berry pulp is made up of Amino Acids. There have been 19 different amino acids found in Acai berries. With this as the building block of protein, it's easy to see why these berries are packed with over 8g of protein per 100g of freeze dried Acai powder.

Plant Sterols

B-sitosterol, campesterol and sigmasterol are the three plant sterols that have been found in Acai berries. There are many health benefits of photosterols, such as a healthy digestive system and maintaining a healthy heart. While plant sterols are often not at the top of your list for nutrients to look for, they are essential to keep your body running right.

Acai berries offer more nutrition per berry than any other fruit out there. With their worldwide popularity, they are becoming easier to find and are also available in juices and powder form. Include Acai berries in your family's healthy eating choices to give them the nutrients they need for a happy, healthy life.

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