As a superfruit, the Açai berry is now conquering the world from Brazil, especially as a cosmetic ingredient in anti-aging creams. The seeds of acai berries are said to be even more effective than fruit pulp. They even overshadow the goji berries that are currently experiencing similar hype because of the same ingredients.
The Açai berry grows from Panama to Brazil, for example in Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela. It is the fruit of the cabbage palm or Euterpe oleracea. It grows to a height of three to 20 meters and, in addition to the açai berry, also produces exquisite palm hearts.
The berries grow throughout the year. From July to December they are especially rich in content. They are a natural part of the Brazilian flora. They grow fast and are not grown in monocultures. The use of pesticides is so far superfluous.
The name Açai is borrowed from the Tupi language from the distribution area of the palm tree. The first red and then black berries are visually reminiscent of blueberries, but have a core. In the home of the cabbage palm, the population uses all the individual parts: the palm leaves serve as roofing material, and the plant fibers are used to braid mats, ropes and baskets.
The berries are a kind of staple food of the locals. The taste of acai berries is a mixture of cocoa and red wine and makes you particularly full.
They contain a lot of vitamins and minerals:
- vitamins A, E and C
- Vitamins of the B group (B1, B2, B3)
Especially athletes swear by the ingredients of black berries. They are particularly impressed by the high proportion of high-quality vegetable protein.
Likewise, the black berries are rich in phytochemicals such as the polyphenols, which include the anthocyanins responsible for the dark color of the açai berries. These have made a name for themselves as heart protection. In addition, they prevent the formation of inflammatory substances. In addition, the açai berries provide high-quality vegetable fats.
These are similar in composition to the olive oil, which is considered to be cardiovascular protection. They are preferably consumed as juice, which is made by diluting the crushed Fruchtmus with water. Even desserts such as ice cream can be made from the berries. Since the berries spoil quickly, they can not be obtained as a fresh fruit in Germany. Açai berry juice is available from the health food store Donath and the health food store. Capsules and powders are offered on the internet.
Fresh, the berries are not available from us. But you may also know another product of cabbage palm: palm hearts, as they are used in Chinese cuisine. They are the mark that is at the top of the palm tree. Palm hearts have a nutty aroma and taste best when they are still a bit bite-solid. They have a particularly high iron content. Unfortunately, the palms have to be felled to win the hearts.
For a kilo of palm hearts, two palm trees have to be sacrificed. In Germany, you will find palm hearts only as a preserve in sea salt lake (Heart of Palms).
In Europe and the US, the power fruit has only been widespread since the 90s. It is mainly advertised and marketed as a slimming product: it is intended to stimulate the metabolism and promote the melting of pounds. Her followers are also convinced of the healing and preventive qualities of the fruit: it is intended to regulate the hormone balance and help to cope with stress better. Açai juice also detoxifies the body and increases libido. It slows down the aging process of the human body and regulates blood pressure.
Fans also report：
- a stimulation of the immune system
- an improvement in digestion
- a relief of menstrual cramps (especially in convulsions)
The cosmetics industry has discovered the small black berry and processes it mainly in anti-aging products. Just as the açai berry is said to fight free radicals in the body, it can also slow down the aging process of the skin, where antioxidants also play a crucial role. Free radicals are caused, among other things, by oxidative stress.
Normal physical metabolic processes, physical and mental exertion, bad diet, lack of exercise, smoking, inflammation and too much sunshine have the free radicals in tow. They are associated with numerous diseases. In addition, they accelerate the aging process.
Healing effects of acai berries at a glance
- fight bacteria, viruses and parasites
- soften colds and strengthen the immune system
- have an anti-inflammatory effect
- make wounds heal faster
- kill the free radicals
- lower the cholesterol level
- promote digestion
- help with iron deficiency
- improve the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins in the intestine
- protect the retina of the eyes
- promote mental performance and mental well-being
- prevent depression and dementia
Açai preparations versus fruit
The effect attributed to the açai berry is not yet fully demonstrable. Although it has been found that regular consumption of the berry apparently protects the body cells from oxidation and reduces cell damage. To date, however, it has not been explored which combination of components and active ingredients of the açai berry have any effect.
In this context, commercially available preparations are to be viewed critically, since it can not be ensured that they actually have the desired effect. Açai berries are offered in capsules and powders in varying concentrations and with varying prices. Enjoying all the açai fruit, juice or dried products, on the other hand, allows you to thoroughly test the healthy effects of the açai berry.
Conclusion: Opt for fresh açai berries
The açai berries are certainly very healthy. But like all other berries, fruits and vegetables, they can not work miracles. If you are well-balanced and fresh, you will not need açai berries, which in addition need to be transported and processed by the Amazon across the “big pond”.
If you eat one-sidedly or predominantly from fast food, neither these berries nor any other berries will help you to iron out your nutritional sins. At present you prefer the fresh local berries. There are also all the goodies in it.