The Acai berry has received as much publicity over the past few years as any other diet tool in the world. With proponents like Oprah, James Taylor, and Denise Richards touting its powers, no wonder millions of people have decided to learn about this “little wonder”, the acai berry and especially acai berry supplements.
A Google search for “acai berry” today returns 5.3 million results. So what is this world wide phenomenon? And why are so many people touting its powers? A small berry about one inch in diameter (a little larger than a grape), the acai is found in the Amazon rain forest. Natives of the region have included the berry in their diet for hundreds of years.
At first blush, the berry does not seem impressive: it is made up of 52% carbohydrates, 32.5% fat, and 8% protein. Why, then, would this berry be linked to significant weight loss and other health benefits?
The acai berry’s benefit is antioxidants. We know that antioxidants can stop the free radicals in your body from damaging your cells and accelerating the aging process. The antioxidants in red wine are often described as the reason that so many French people can eat heavy French food and stay healthy.
The USDA recommends that Americans get at lease 3000 ORAC (Oxygen radical Absorbance Capacity) units per day, although most Americans get fewer than 1000 units per day. Freeze-dried acai berries have over 5000 units in every 10 grams, some acai berry supplements have even more.
Acai berry supplements are an easy way to get the recommended of amount of antioxidants to nourish your body. The benefits of this fruit also include increased stamina and energy, increased immunity, decreased obesity, and improved vision, digestion, and sleep.