What is Acai?
Originating in the Amazon, acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) berries are a deep purple coloured fruit harvested from the acai palm tree. This delicious berry has incredibly high levels of antioxidants and is also a source of beneficial flavonoids and polyphenols.
Indigenous Brazilian tribes have consumed acai berries for thousands of years for their amazing nourishing properties. Legend has it that acai berries saved an indigenous Brazilian tribe from starvation during a time of severe drought. The leader of the tribe Chief Itaki sadly lost his daughter Iaca during the harsh times but named the life-saving acai berry (Iaca spelt backwards) in her honour.
Why should we eat acai berries?
Acai berries are a known superfood being nutrient dense and with high antioxidant levels. A great, healthy addition to your diet, and one that tastes good too!
- High levels of antioxidants
Antioxidants reduce the damaging effects of free radicals throughout the body. Oxidation can cause our bodies to age, in both appearance and how our cells function. Acai berries have one of the highest known levels of antioxidants, boasting an ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) score higher than other berries such as blueberries and cranberries. Anthocyanins (the antioxidants that give acai berries their deep purple colour) are thought to be excellent for heart health and good at preventing the oxidation of cholesterol.
- Nutrient dense
Acai are packed full of vitamins and minerals making them a smart addition to your diet. They contain amino acids which help promote muscle performance, energy production, endurance and strength. Acai berries contain as much Vitamin C as blueberries as well as containing Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and E. They’re also a source of calcium, magnesium, zinc and copper.
- Aids digestion
The fibre found in the skin and pulp of the acai berry may aid in keeping our digestive system in a clean and functional state. The berries are a source of dietary fibre, which can help to prevent digestive issues such as constipation.
- Boosts immune system
Acai berries are thought to increase the function of immune cells due to their high levels of Vitamin C and ellagic acid. These phytochemicals strengthen our body’s cells, making it easier to fight off infections or invasions of free radicals.
- Omega fatty acids
Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats that our bodies cannot make and are vital for our health and wellbeing. They are an important addition to our diet as they can help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels and reduce blood pressure in addition to a raft of other health benefits. Omega-9 fatty acid (also known as oleic acid) is a monounsaturated fat that the body can produce if the essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6, are present. Acai berry contains high levels of healthy fats, largely consisting of omega-3 -6 and -9 fatty acids.
Why use Matakana SuperFoods Acai Berry?
Our organic Acai Berry Powder is freeze-dried to ensure all the flavour and vital nutrients contained within the fresh fruit are retained. It’s made from hand-picked organic acai berries, which have been freeze-dried to ensure that all of their delicate phytonutrients are retained before being milled into a fine powder.
You can incorporate Matakana SuperFoods’ organic Acai Berry Powder into smoothies, baking and ice cream, or create your own delicious acai bowl using our Acai Bowl Premix.
Check out our recipes for some inspiration.