Controversial acai berries

It has been loud about acai berries for a long time. This Brazilian fruit from Amazon can be bought in almost every store around the world. Açai berries are famous for alleged health properties that are widely promoted by those who favor mass consumption of this fruit. The fact is that acai berries are the basis of the diet of the inhabitants of the Amazon jungle. Are they also an indispensable component of the diet for residents of more civilized regions?

Acai berries are considered to be nearly ideal fruit in terms of nutritional value. They contain a wealth of amino acids, antioxidants and omega fatty acids. They also provide a lot of iron, fiber and vitamins as well as minerals. They look similar to grapes and taste like a mix of berries and chocolate.

Supporters of acai berry exchange the following benefits for human health: antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiemetic, strengthening the cardiovascular system.

Acai berries contain extremely high amounts of essential fatty acids that lower LDL and HDL cholesterol. They are also characterized by a high level of flavonoids and antioxidants that inhibit premature aging. These small brazilian berries are also an excellent source of dietary fiber and valuable vegetable protein, which is easier digested than animal protein. In addition to the unique content of protein and unsaturated fat, acai also has carbohydrates that provide the body with the energy needed for the day. Acai berries provide the necessary set of amino acids and trace minerals, necessary for proper muscle work and recovery after training.

Due to the synergy of monounsaturated fats, dietary fiber and phytosterols, acai berries support the cardiovascular and digestive systems. Scientific research confirms that fiber in the daily diet promotes healthy digestive system. The water-soluble fiber helps to lower blood cholesterol. Insoluble fiber reduces the risk of developing certain types of cancer.

The ratio of fatty acids in acai is similar to that of olive oil. Studies show that this is a contributing factor to the low incidence of heart disease in Mediterranean populations.

In the media there are visible advertisements of dietary supplements that contain acai berry extract. Juices and dietary supplements are advertised as excellent for weight loss, for the treatment of prostatic hyperplasia (sterols), supporting blood cholesterol control or bronchodilator (theobromine).

However, there is also a different look at acai berries. The huge demand for this fruit results in the deprivation of food of the inhabitants of the Brazilian jungle. In addition, questions arise as to whether fruit cultivated for commercial purposes have the same beneficial properties as those growing in the natural environment. Finally, it should be mentioned that there are no reliable studies that would confirm the effectiveness of acai berries in any ailments.

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