Acai bay- Healthy superfoods – by Dr. Helly hernandez

 

Acai is the fruit of a tropical palm species that grows in the center and south of the American continent, has a similar appearance to a grape (small, round and purple).

Acai is considered one of the most perfect foods found in nature. This small fruit is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that fight diseases and helps maintain a healthy immune system.

Nutritional contributions:

The acai provides a great energy contribution due to high-calorie content, it also provides vitality and physical resistance, very valuable qualities for athletes and people with a very active lifestyle.

Acai contains a wide variety of amino acids, which makes it an ideal food for athletes, vegetarians or simply for those people who want to take a good quality protein.

This fruit is surprisingly rich in omega 3, omega 6 and omega 9 fatty acids. The nutritional profile of the essential fatty acids (EFAs) (omega-6 and omega-9) found in acai berries are similar to those contained in the olive oil. Due to the supply of essential fatty acids, the acai allows reducing cholesterol levels naturally. In addition, Omega-6 favors the correct functioning of cell membranes and as a consequence improves the transport and absorption of different nutrients

Its great contribution of fiber makes acai a good food to combat constipation and regulate intestinal transit. In addition, this incredible fruit also has soluble fiber in its pulp that also helps to lower cholesterol levels.

Due to the high content of minerals (such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and potassium) and vitamins (A, complex B, C, and E), this fruit has a high remineralizing power for our body.

According to papers that appear in publications such as the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry or the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, It has been shown that acai removes free radicals of peroxide and superoxide, two toxic agents that cause disease.

In particular, it has been seen that acai antioxidants are able to enter human cells and avoid the damaging effect of free radicals, even at very low doses.

With only 6 to 10 grams of acai, we would take the 3000 units of ORAC (unit of measure of antioxidant power) needed to meet our daily requirements for antioxidants.

The violet or bluish color of acai is due to the presence of a pigment called anthocyanin, which is an excellent antioxidant, has been proven to neutralize several elements that cause cancer. It also dilates blood vessels, which decreases the risk of stroke.

Acai also contains a polyphenol called ellagic acid, which has the advantage of helping us to fight bacteria, viruses, and which makes this fruit an ideal food to strengthen our defenses. In addition, this acid is the only proven substance that promotes apoptosis (natural cell death) in cancer cells without damaging normal cells. Therefore, this substance is directly related to the prevention and treatment of cancer.