Açai (Ah-sigh-ee), has taken over the internet in the form of trendy, vibrantly-coloured, healthy bowls. Açai berries are blended up with other fruits such as bananas or berries to add natural sweetness, and are then topped with various fruits, seeds, honey and granola. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, Instagrammable and delicious, they’re also packed with antioxidants and health benefits!
So.. what is Açai?
The açai berry originally comes from South America and is a small, purple fruit, almost a smaller cross between a grape and a blueberry. It’s extremely nutrient dense, and unexpectedly low in sugar!
Unlike most fruits, açai berries are even low in natural sugars and therefore calories. Alongside this, they’re packed full of vitamins and minerals, such as B vitamins, zinc, copper, and magnesium. Plus, they are full of fibre, helping with digestion and keeping you fuller for longer.
What are the benefits?
Being naturally high in antioxidants, açai berries help our bodies fight off inflammation. This helps lower the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and many more. Additionally, anti-inflammatory properties can also improve symptoms of autoimmune disorders such as arthritis, inflammatory bowel syndrome, and type 1 diabetes.
Improved brain function
Inflammation and oxidation can cause cognitive issues as we grow older. However, the antioxidants in açai berries can not only reduce this inflammation, but help clean up any cells within our brains that are toxic and no longer working. This helps preserve our memory and learning abilities.
Improve cholesterol levels
Being full of fibre and healthy-heart fats, any bad cholesterol can be naturally reduced by açai, supporting heart health. This can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Although more research is needed, açai has been linked to cancer prevention in some studies on animals. Whilst there is no conclusive evidence yet for humans, this factor is extremely promising!
There are so many different variations, flavours and places you can find a delicious açai bowl. They’re even really easy to make yourself, and the benefits are definitely too good to miss out on.