I have often wondered if this fruit from the recesses of the Brazilian jungles is as miraculous as it is touted to be or is it just another smart marketing gimmick. Being a beauty geek and conscious consumer it was time to put on my Hitchcock hat!
The latest super food, acai berries are tiny grape like fruits that are found in the Brazilian rain forest. These are said to be packed with antioxidants, nutrients vitamins and Omega 3 fatty acids. Acai berries have many health benefits. They claim to make the skin look younger, reduce cholesterol, improve digestion, detoxifies the body and much more.
Acai berry claims: It is claimed that acai berries have the highest concentration of antioxidants, essential fatty acids and amino acids. Along with this they also contain anthocyanins and phytosterols which contribute to good skin. The phytosterols present in these berries do an impressive job in guarding the skin by preventing the skin cells from early drying. They also help in keeping out skin invaders that lead to skin impurities, thus making the skin look younger and brighter. The anthocyanins present in the berries have an astringent effect and hence keep the skin taut. By protecting the connective tissues in the skin it helps in keeping the skin looking supple and wrinkle free. Oleic acid helps in increasing the penetration of Omega 3 fatty acids into the cell membranes keeping the skin supple and firm. Antioxidants prevent damage from free radicals and help the skin stay nourished, youthful and wrinkle free. Also acai berries help in your digestion process, eliminate toxins and act as a colon cleanser. The obvious effect is better looking skin from the inside out.
Acai berry reality check: While all of the above make for a great read little has been actually proven to support the claims. It is true that acai berries do have all of the above nutrients but the sober reality is that while acai berries are packed with 10 times the antioxidant power of grapes and two times the antioxidants of blueberries they do not really fall in the category of “Super Foods” according to the FDA. However, they do have a whole lot of goodness, making them a part of your diet is sure to have some good benefits. Since these berries do not have a long shelf life they can be sourced from specific supermarkets. You can also find acai berry supplements such as powders, capsules, tablets or can find them freeze dried, in juice or pulp form.
Acai berries are good for health. Whether they are the miracle worker for your skin remains to be seen.
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