It sounds like some healthy food, so it probably tastes horrible
If you have never eaten an acai bowl, you should definitely give it a shot. This time I don’t speak exclusively to brain nutrition enthusiasts. When we discuss what Acai Berry is, the potential brain boosting effects are just one of the many reasons to try it.
There are people out there who eat things without conducting a comprehensive research on the possible effects on their health and mental performance. (Savages!) In their case the biggest incentive is probably the taste of the food. In spite of that, I can still safely recommend them an acai bowl since it is incredibly delicious. I can’t support this claim of mine with a scientific study, but just look at that:
Of course for most of the readers taste is just a bonus. As a result, I would like to speak about the incredible health and brain benefits of the main ingredient, the acai berry.
Oxidative stress is not good for you
When rust oxidizes the metal in pipes, after a certain amount of time they will erode. Similarly the blood vessels in our body oxidize and begin to clog up with fats, until they can completely stop the flow of blood . This process called oxidative stress and it is responsible for plenty of diseases, including dementia.
The majority of fruits, especially berries can help prevent this issue. They contain a protein called antioxidants that can break down the clogs, causing blood and oxygen to flow better to the brain. (J. Agric. Food Chem. 2002, 50, 26, 7542–7547) (Read my post on another fruit that can help decrease oxidative stress.)
Berries for a sharp memory
Strong scientific evidence shows that eating berries has valuable effects on the brain.(Science Daily – Eating Berries for the Brain) Dark, red and blue berries contain beneficial chemicals that are also found in the hippocampus (the control center for the brain’s memory). Berry fruits change the way neurons in the brain communicate. These changes in signaling can prevent inflammation in the brain that contribute to neuronal damage. As a result they both improve motor control and cognition. The high concentration of vitamin C and antioxidants can also help to resist harmful free radical damage and keep the memory sharp.
Plenty of research supports eating a diet rich in antioxidants. Berries without a doubt play an important role in a healthy diet, promoting weight loss and mental health. Let’s examine one of them which is not that well known, but definitely a perfect choice for your brain.
So what is Acai Berry?
It is an inch-long reddish, purple fruit from the acai palm tree native to Central and South America. The fatty acid content in acai resembles that of olive oil. It is also rich in monounsaturated oleic acid, the same found in fish oil. They are excellent source of antioxidants. They contain about 10 times that of red grapes and 10-30 times the anthocyanins of red wine. As far as fiber, flavonoids, heart-healthy fats, amino acid complex and phytosterols are concerned, acai is a perfect source as well. The small round berry is also rich in vitamins E, C, A calcium and iron.
- Boosting brain function, and promoting mental health
- Improving physical performance
- Strengthening the immune system
- Promoting healthy skin
- Slowing down the signs of aging and even reversing them in some cases
- Increasing energy
- Aiding weight loss
Is it for everyone?
People who are underweight should probably avoid eating acai berry regularly, since it can suppress appetite and promote weight loss. Another side effect might be a minor stomach irritation in case of excessive consumption due to the high acid content in the fruit. As always, moderation is important.
I would like to regularly enjoy the benefits
Acai bowls and smoothies are available in a lot of restaurants, but they are usually seriously overpriced and you probably won’t eat out on a regular basis. In case you only want to enjoy the taste of it, it is perfectly fine to consume it occasionally. On the other hand, if you want to utilize the health benefits you need to include it in your regular diet.
The easiest way to accomplish this, is purchasing a large size acai berry powder. All you have to do is look at what ingredients are in the acai bowls or smoothies that you buy at coffee bars, and you can just make your own for way less money.
One of the most popular choices is the Food to Live Organic Acai Berry Powder. This product is certified organic, 100% pure and free from any additives, toxins, and caffeine.