Acai is a berry that grows on palm trees in South America.
The weather conditions are perfect for their culture: heat, humidity, heavy rain, acidic soil.
The acai berry is purple and looks like a blueberry. However, unlike blueberry, it contains an important pit which represents about 90% of its size and around this pit is the pulp.
What is it made of?
Unlike other fruits, acai berry is very low in simple sugar but is rich in fiber. In addition, it is composed of 50% fat, and is rich in omega 3, 6 and 9.
It contains many minerals and is extremely rich in manganese and copper. The consumption of 100 grams of acai powder provides more than the recommended daily amount of manganese and copper.
It is also a good source of magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron.
It is finally one of the richest fruits in antioxidants, richer than pomegranate and goji berries, which are known to be fruits already very rich in antioxidants.
Where to find it?
The acai berry oxidizes very quickly. It must be eaten within 2 or 3 days after being picked or frozen.
Once frozen, it can be found in many preparations (smoothie, acai bowl, ice cream) or it can be reduced to powder for incorporation into other preparation such as the Pulsaar Superfood Bar.
What are the benefits of acai berries?
Acai berries are very rich in polyphenols and manganese, which provides strong antioxidant properties. It’s one of the fruits containing the most antioxidants in the world.
Antioxidants play a very important role against the oxidative stress that attacks our cells. Indeed, this oxidative stress produces unstable molecules that will attack the cells of our body. This can cause premature ageing of our organs, some diseases such as cancer, cataracts, or some degenerative diseases.
This fruit helps to fight against certain diseases thanks to its antioxidant compounds.
Booster of the immune system
Because of our environment and our lifestyle, the cancer rates have increased.
Some pre-clinical researches did focus on the compounds contained in the acai berries. Several studies have shown that the consumption of Acai berries and therefore some of its active ingredients would allow a decrease in the size of tumours and a decrease in the proliferation of abnormal cells of certain cancers (colon, oesophagus).
The use of acai’s properties still requires further research but could be part of a new pharmacological treatment in a few years.
A study conducted on athletes consuming daily juice made of acai berries, has shown that the consumption of this fruit could be a natural supplement to improve sports performance.
Indeed, this drink helped to reduce the physiological responses and the perception of effort during intense exercise.
During these tests, they observed that the moment of exhaustion appeared later and biomarkers linked to the muscular lesions decreased, due to a decrease of the anemia and a decrease of the oxidative stress. In addition, a decrease in hyperventilation has been noticed.
All these small benefits allow an overall improvement of the sports performance.
Pulsaar uses acai berries in its superfood bar, as well as other superfoods, in order to bring you the most benefits possible with every bite.
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