These reddish-purple berries are all the rage at the moment and for very good reasons! Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) berries have significant nutritional attributes so we encourage people to get them into meals as part of a balanced diet as they bring so much goodness to the table. Like what? Our nutritionist Jess helped explain the top benefits of acai for us. Keep reading to learn the 5 reasons you should eat more acai.
#1 - Protect cells from stress
They have a high level of antioxidant activity with a high Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) score, similar to that of blueberries and strawberries. This means they help to protect your cells from oxidative damage, which increases with stress, pollution, exercise, poor food choices.
#2 - No sugar crash
They are one of the lower sugar-containing berries out there but at the same time they boast a high iron, calcium, vitamin A and fiber content. This means they’re nutrient packed, but they don’t give your body as much of a sugar hit like other fruits can do.
#3 - Packed with antioxidants
The color comes from the anthocyanin compounds found within the berries such as resveratrol, cyaniding and ferulic acid, which give them that vibrant reddish-purple color. These plant compounds also defend the body against harmful free radicals, much like grapes do, especially the skin of the berries skin as we’ve learnt from the French Paradox.
#4 - Full of fiber
Acai berries, like all other berries, are packed full of dietary fiber. This means your digestive system and cholesterol levels can be kept in check and all systems run smoothly.
#5 - Lower risk of heart disease
Acai berry is also rich in medium chain fatty acids like oleic acid (omega-9) and linoleic acid (omega-6). These compounds help reduce LDL-cholesterol level and raise good HDL-cholesterol levels in the body and thus help cut down heart disease risk. Additionally, the essential fats in acai help prevent skin dryness by maintaining adequate moisture in the skin.
Graze’s acai is in powder form to make it extra easy to sprinkle into your smoothies, oatmeal and baked goods. It’s a great source of vitamin E and packed full of fiber!