Acai Berries

The acai berry is a purple fruit from the Acai Palm tree, native to Central and South American countries. The acai berry is rich in antioxidants with a high oxygen radical absorbance capacity, helping to protect cells against oxidative damage. Acai berries are also rich in omega-3 and 6 fatty acids which help to control levels of LDL cholesterol (‘bad’ cholesterol) in the blood. They are also rich in vitamin A, iron and calcium all of which help to maintain healthy blood.

 

Nutritional Benefits

Calcium
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Contributes to normal muscle function
  • Maintenance of normal teeth and bones
  • Contributes to cell specialisation and division
Vitamin A
  • Contributes to normal immune system function
  • Helps maintain healthy skin
  • Helps maintain eye health and vision in dim light
  • Contributes to iron metabolism
Iron
  • Contributes to energy yielding metabolism
  • Reduction of tiredness and fatigue
  • Contributes to red blood cell and haemoglobin formation and the transport of oxygen around the body
  • Contributes to normal immune system function
Omega-3 and 6
  • Helps control LDL cholesterol levels in the blood
  • Linked to reduced risk of heart disease

 

Risks and Side Effects

Excessive vitamin A intake can be harmful when pregnant.
Acai berries may have some side effects for those who suffer from pollen allergies or sensitivity to acai.

 

Uses

Acai should be consumed as part of a balanced diet.
Acai powder can be added to smoothies, porridge or used in baking.

 

Acai products we have available can be found here.

Recipes using acai products can be found here.

 

Photo: Roasalie Ruardy