Is the Acai Berry really a superfood?
I’m sure we’ve all been bombarded with diet tips and nutrition articles about the acai berry and the magical effects it can have on your body. While the Acai berry is a powerful fruit, is it really that much more special than any of the other berries we are used to having in our diet?
The Acai berry (pronounced ah-sigh-ee), is not likely to be found in your local grocery store’s produce section, which immediately makes it seem more rare and therefore more ‘magical’. In fact the only reason the berry is more likely to be found in drinks or in the frozen section is because it is extremely delicate (about the size of a grape) and harder to transport in its natural form than other berries.The Acai berry is grown in Central and Southern American and comes from the palm trees in the Amazon.
While it has been endorsed by power house celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Rachael Ray, medical experts say any berries can provide your diet with a regular infusion of antioxidants. While many acai supporters say that the little berry helps with anti-aging, there is no solid research to prove this. However, this berry does help build up your immune system and speeds up digestion.If you would like to add this tasty fruit to your diet, go to a local farmer’s market where there is fresh produce. But if you have trouble finding it, adding other fruits such as blueberries, strawberries and raspberries can add the same health benefits to your regular diet.