Alternative Juices

Acai berry juice

The Power of the Acai Berry

The acai berry is not as commonly known as other fruits, although it has many great benefits that one should care to know about. An acai berry is small and round, with a black-purple or green colour and looks very similar to a grape, only smaller and can be a great addition to your diet.

The berry has been around for thousands of years but was introduced to western society in the 1990s. It is believed that the berry was first used by Amazonian tribes to cure ailments and illness before being introduced to modern society because of the great health properties this fruit has.

What Makes Acai Berries So Nutritious?

The acai berry is low in sugar but high in vital minerals and vitamins including fibre, calcium, iron and vitamin A. Other acai berry health benefits include beneficial fatty acids including oleic acid and anthocyanin compounds. Resveratrol, ferulic acid and cyaniding are the anthocyanin compounds that are responsible for defending the body against free radicals.

Acai berries can contain 30 times more anthocyanin compounds than red wine. They have the same oxygen radical absorbance capacity as cranberries and 10 times more antioxidants than grapes. Acai berry juice can prevent health problems such as inflammation, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, obesity, allergies and neurological diseases. Studies have proved that acai berries can help symptoms of heart disease and cancer.

Fun Facts about acai berries

Traditional use by the Amazonians of the acai berry includes diarrhoea, parasitic infections, ulcers and even haemorrhages.

Their taste is described as a combination of chocolate and wild berries.

Acai berries grow on palm trees that grow as tall as 80 metres.

Acai berry juice is a popular way of consuming the acai fruit and they are often blended with other fruits to make healthy shakes and smoothies. There are ways you can enjoy this spectacular fruit at home, simply follow this recipe!

Ingredients:

200mls of almond milk

1½ bananas

1 handful of blueberries

1 handful of strawberries

1 cup of acai berry juice

A handful of ice cubes

Method

Simply place all of the ingredients into a blender, process then serve up! This portion size should be enough to serve two people. Once you have tasted this delicious recipe, you will no longer wonder why it is known as a super fruit!