The acai berry is extracted from the acai palm tree. It is a fruit, and has been a staple in the Native American diet for centuries. Today, the acai berry is well known as being a potent antioxidant and having numerous health benefits. The acai berry is comprised of a lot of valuable nutrients, including dietary fiber, amino acids, essential fatty acids and monounsaturated fats. They are also believed to be helpful in assisting weight weight loss.
The acai berry is approximately 1 inch in length. Its color varies between purplish and reddish. It resembles a grape. It is derived from the acai palm tree, the Euterpe oleracea. The palm tree grows in both South and Central America, particularly in the rainforests of northern Brazil. The acai berry is related to other fruits, such as the cranberry, the blueberry and various other dark, purplish berries.
Native Americans have been consuming the acai berry (and its juices) for hundreds of years due to its many perceived positive health benefits. Acai berries are thought to enhance both digestive and cardiovascular health, fight premature aging (such as the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines) due to its antioxidant properties, and help with healthy muscle regeneration and contraction.
The acai berry has historically also had one major beauty benefit. Acai oil is believed to be a safe and effective alternative to other types of tropical oils that are commonly used in products such as lotions and moisturizers (for both the face and the body). Acai oil provides antioxidants to the skin.
In the Amazon area of Brazil, the acai berry is commonly harvested as a food, particularly with the traditional Caboclo peoples. For centuries in that region, the acai berry has been a vital staple of the diet.
The acai berry also has had several other uses throughout history. Its leaves can be used to make brooms, baskets, mats, and roof thatch for houses. Acai seeds are also often ground and used as livestock food. The seeds contain saturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids.