The acai (pronounced a-sigh-ee) berry grows on the acai palm, which is native to parts of South and Central America. The pulp and juice of berries are extracted and used in dietary supplements. Studies have shown that berries contain large amounts of healthful antioxidants, which can help to prevent some diseases
The acai palm, from which acai berry is harvested, grows mainly in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. The berry itself is reddish-purple in color and grow to be about an inch long. Only pulp surrounding a large seed are edible.
Acai berries have been found to be rich in antioxidants called anthocyanins and flavonoids. Anthocyanins are producing the deep purple and blue hues in fruits such as blueberries
The antioxidants found in acai berries can fight premature aging and protects the body against harmful free radicals ,. This in turn may reduce the risk of some cancers and other diseases.
Although many products claim that consuming acai berries can help with weight loss, more research is needed to prove this.
Today acai berry is marketed in the form of tablets, powders, smoothies and juices. Although it has been touted as a superfood, claims that it can increase your metabolism and improve athletic performance is not yet scientifically proven.