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History of the Acai Berry
Growing abundantly throughout the Amazon, the acai palm tree has provided food for hundreds of years to the people of Brazil. Brazilians are known for their very active and healthy lifestyles, so the acai palm provides them with a fruit that helps to energize them and keep them fit. Resembling a grape, this round, dark fruit grew in popularity in the early 1970's and 80's among many athletes, like surfers and soccer players. The acai berries can be blended into smoothies, dried and put into granola bars, or just eaten plain, which made this versatile fruit easy to consume for those that are on the go. Over the years researchers began discovering that this little berry had a big nutritional impact to the body by providing vitamins, proteins, antioxidants, and minerals. Because of its large quantities of antioxidants, the acai berry has recently been named one of the top "superfoods".
The Acai tree is also found in Panama and Trinidad where the famed fruit grows in fat bunches like bananas, and each tree can grow up to eight bunches. Since it is surrounded by very little pulp, it does require large amounts of the berries to be harvested for products like juice. Because of the acai berry benefits to health and weight loss, many manufactures are using just the extract from the fruit to make diet pills and vitamin supplements. Used every day by many, this fruit has encouraged some in the United States, mostly in Florida, to begin their own production of the acai trees. The effects of these trees however, will not be readily seen in the market anytime soon since it takes the tree about 10 to 12 years to actually produce its first bunch of fruit.
Amazingly, the acai berry's popularity is not only helping keep countless people healthy and in shape, but it is also a positive force for saving the rainforest. Until recently, the demand from the fruit was limited to the regions it was native to. However, now that the rest of the world has discovered its powerful benefits, the local farmers must work day and night to meet the demand. More and more rainforest is being designated for acai production, and the local economy is booming. When you buy an acai product from a company who works closely with the local farmers , you can feel good that you are doing your part to save this endangered land.
From its introduction into the general population, the acai berry has made itself known mostly in the health food industry, but as more research is being done, the fruit is making its way into pharmaceutical science companies. Although it can be harvested on a regular basis, the popularity of the fruit has caused many producers to restrict the amount that they put into the products. This is why 100% pure acai juice will be a bit more expensive than the normal juices you will find in your grocery store. However, when you try the real thing you will be sure to notice a significant difference.
Acai Berry Benefits
How does it work?
Acai contains chemicals that are antioxidants. Antioxidants are thought to protect body cells from the damaging effects of chemical reactions with oxygen (oxidation). According to some research, acai has more antioxidant content than cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, or blueberries.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, it's best to stay on the safe side and avoid use.
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