Acai berry and your health – including your libido
One of the most recent buzz words of the food business is acai. The reported benefits of acai are impressive. It’s an exotic berry grown in the rainforests of South America. More specifically, it is the fruit of the acai palm tree. And is a very popular breakfast food in Brazil. (In its homeland, it is known as an excellent “recovery food” at the end of a long night of partying.) Until about the 1980’s, shipping of the fruit from the fragile Brazilian rainforests was close to impossible.
Once manufacturers perfected the packaging of frozen acai puree as well as drying the fruit and grinding it up to make acai powder, this superfruit went global, and so did the notion that it could benefit health in a number of ways.
Why is acai good for you?
Acai berries are nutrient dense. Many of the health benefits of acai berry come simply from a host of nutrients delivered in a low calorie package. One cup of acai fruit puree offers fiber, calcium, a modest amount of protein and 15% of your daily intake of vitamin A. (Vitamin A is linked with skin health as well as eye health.) But the most notable health benefit of acai is its antioxidant power.
What is anthocyanin?
A huge benefit of acai is an ability to lower cholesterol naturally. This superfood is rich in anthocyanin. Why is that exciting? Because anthoyanin is an antioxidant known to reduce cholesterol. (This is beneficial not only to your heart but it can potentially help your sex life, too!)
Anthocyanin also has the potential to prevent blood clots. It’s largely the anthocyanin that has some of the biggest names in American medicine, including Dr. Perricone, put acai berry on the list of the world’s most nutritious foods.
Acai is an aphrodisiac
Best of all, in addition to its ability to aid circulation, etc, acai is considered one of South America’s hottest aphrodisiacs. One of its most notable effects on the body is a marked increase in stamina–heaven knows we could all use that!
In addition, the health benefits of acai include the fact that it is low in saturated fat and high in fiber. It could be considered the perfect snack for keeping a long, lean, sexy self. And as far as antioxidants go, acai has 10 times the antioxidant potency of red wine, (which is also an aphrodisiac).
Acai berries and fertility
If your goal for employing aphrodisiacs is improved fertility, then acai berry might be the superfood for you. A study published in 2015 demonstrated that acai could improve the outcome of IVF treatments. It is believed that women eating the fruit can potentially improve the quality of her eggs.
How to use acai berries
The Brazilian superfood is most commonly used in a juice or puree form. The berries are close to 90% pit and skin and stain as badly as pomegranate, so serving whole fruits isn’t exactly practical. In fact, you’ll be hard pressed to find a retailer selling the whole fruit. (Acai berry fruits are not only messy but are difficult to transport and don’t grow well in most North American climates.)
But you can still reap the health benefits of acai by purchasing it in a pureed form or as a juice. Many retailers also sell powdered acai. One of the benefits of powdered acai is that you can just add a scoop to any smoothie.
You can often frozen acai in the freezer section of health and gourmet grocery stores. This is my preferred way to serve the benefits of acai. I use it in smoothies and smoothie bowls, also known as acai bowls. Or, try my favorite chili recipe, which uses acai to create an incredibly rich, faintly sweet flavor. Trust me, it’s a chili like no other.
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