ACAI BERRY (Euterpe oleracea) or Açaí Palm: Benefits, Uses and Virtues of the Acai Berry? Medicinal properties? Dosage? Side-effects? Origins, Composition, Expert opinions, Combination with other plants, and more Information on Acai Berries.

Acai Berry

The South American Acai palm (Euterpe oleracea) - known as the tree of life in Brazil – provides a small berry which is growing in fame, particularly following recent studies by well-known herbalists and naturopaths that have categorised it as a “superfood”. Acai berries are extremely rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The Acai Berry is also famous for its capacity to support dieting, protect the skin, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and prevent the development of certain types of cancer. But how accurate are these claims?

Acai Berry: Medicinal properties

Anti-disease – Anti-cancer – Anti-viral

immunité- helps to prevent tumour and cancer, antioxidants (++)
- anti-ageing (+++) (synergy with Goji Berry)
- helps to prevent cancerous cells (++) (synergy with Turmeric)
- restores energy and vitality (++) (synergy with Ginseng and Guarana)
- tones the body (++)
- stimulates the immune system (++)
- strengthens libido (+) (synergy with Maca and Ginseng)

Weight loss – Diet – Digestion

digestion
- promotes weight loss (+++) (synergy with Spirulina)
- natural appetite suppressant (++) (synergy with Guarana)
- various digestive problems (++) (traditional usage)
- used to treat diarrhea (++) (traditional usage)
- used to treat constipation (++)
- cleaning of the colon (++)
- regulates cholesterol (++) (synergy with Goji Berry and Turmeric)
- combats diabetes (++) (synergy with Ginseng)

Heart – Blood pressure – Blood circulation

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- protects from cardiovascular disease (+++)
- beneficial action on the heart (++)
- combats high blood pressure (++) (synergy with Garlic)
- reduces heart palpitations (++)
- improves blood circulation (++)
- promotes restorative sleep (+) (synergy with Ashwagandha)

Skin – Eyes – Hair

peau- effective action against skin ageing (+++) (synergy with Goji Berry)
- protection from skin disease (++)
- eczema, psoriasis, dry skin (++) (synergy with Turmeric and Aloe Vera)
- protective action for the eyes (++) (synergy with Goji Berry)
- reduces visual fatigue (++)
- fortifies nails and hair (+)
- restores sheen to hair, skin and nails (++)
- helps in the healing of wounds, cuts and injuries (++)

Acai Berry: Origins

The Açai Berry (Euterpe oleracea) or Açaí Palm is a species of palm tree originating in South America (Venezuela, French Guyana, Colombia, Ecuador…), particularly in Brazil, where it has been enjoyed for several millenia. It bears a small berry that is consumed regularly by various Amazonian tribes, and by Brazilians in general. Acai generally grows in marshy areas, where few species normally survive. Traditionally, Acai is used to treat various digestive problems, as well as skin problems. Acai fruit (berries) resemble Blueberries and taste similar to chocolate. Acai has been sold on the global market since the start of the 1980s, and is today a commercially successful fruit. Just as with the Goji Berry (Wolfberry), demand for Acai berries has grown and grown since the discovery of its powerful antioxidant properties. This strong global demand has led to an increase in prices, which has had harmful consequences for Brazilians who now have more difficulty in obtaining berries at affordable prices.

Acai Berry: Composition

The Acai berry contain numerous antioxidants: Anthocyanins, Phenols, Flavonoids, Proanthocyanidins, Xanthones, as well as Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and especially vitamin E, minerals including calcium, phosphor, iron, potassium. Acai berries are thus very rich in vitamins, minerals, omegas, and powerful antioxidants, and their composition explains their different properties and virtues.

Acai Berry: Dosage

No dosage has yet been determined for treating specific problems. Acai berries can be consumed like any other fruit, as long as the body can handle it. There is no danger of addiction to the Acai berry. Acai berries are an ingredient in various energy drinks, and are often consumed in the form of juice or as one of the ingredients in fruit juice. They are also used in various desserts, ice creams and smoothies.

Acai Berry: Ultimate effects, benefits, virtues

Acai berries are particularly effective for protection against cardiovascular diseases. Acai is especially effective when combined with Spirulina for promoting weight loss and natural slimming. Numerous scientific studies are currently being carried out on this topic, and particularly noteworthy is the fact that Acai was traditionally used to regulate intestinal transit. Just like Guarana, Acai is a natural appetite suppressant and, due to their rich composition, Acai berries actively promote natural weight loss, while providing the necessary quantity of vitamins, minerals and trace elements. The Acai berry is also of great help in restoring vigor and energy, supporting the immune system, and preventing cell aging. It is thus a super fruit that protects general health.

Acai Berry: Side-effects, contraindications

The Acai Berry has no side-effects, and there is no known interaction with current medicines. It should be noted, however, that rare cases of allergy have been reported by people having consumed Acai berries. If you are allergic to other berries such as Elderberry, Goji berry (Wolfberry), Schisandra berry or Grapes, you should avoid consuming Acai berries.

Acai Berry: Opinions of experts

The Acai Berry is justly considered a “super fruit”, like the Goji Berry (Wolfberry), Mulberry, Guarana, Acerola and Sea Buckthorn. Various studies have scientifically demonstrated Acai’s capacity in prevention of free radicals and nascent tumors. As we know, antoxidants are one of the keys to preventing cancer, preventing disease, having young skin, and maintaining good health. Acai is rich in antioxidants, like Acerola,  Goji Berry (Wolfberry), or Sea Buckthorn. Other fruits, plants and algae that contain powerful antioxidants, such as Turmeric, Goji Berry, Spirulina, Chlorella and Guarana, can have very strong benefits when combined with the super fruit that is Acai. It should be noted that no scientific study has proven the effectiveness of the Acai berry for weight loss; however, many testimonies have confirmed that Acai berries are very effective in regulating weight, and the berries are recommended by numerous well known naturopathic doctors and herbalists.

Acai Berry: Other information

Acai berries expire quickly; this is why they are often consumed in the form of juice, jam or, more rarely, dried. Where possible, purchase organic Acai berries in order to have the best possible quality. Moreover, make sure to confirm the origins of the product you are buying and whether the laboratory inspections have been properly carried out.

Acai Berry: Combination with other plants

Acai Berries combines very well with the Goji Berry (immune system, anti-ageing, skin protection, disease and helps to prevent cancer), Turmeric (powerful antioxidant, digestion, cholesterol, helps to prevent cancer), Ginseng (vitality, energy, immune system, chloesterol, diabetes), Maca (libido, strength, energy), Guarana (natural appetite suppressant, energy, presence of mind, lucidity) and finally Chlorella and Spirulina (extremely rich in vitamins and minerals, diet, immunity, endurance, skin and hair protection).

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