In honour of the purple man himself, this week’s stupendously deeeelishous smoothie is bought to you mostly by the gloriously purple acai berry!
Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) looks similar to both a grape and a blueberry and is harvested from palm trees found around the Amazon River in South America, where it’s a traditional remedy for diarrhoea, parasitic infections, haemorrhages and ulcers :-0 With a flavour rather like wild berries and chocolate, it’s now widely available in supermarkets and health food stores, usually in the form of a powder or juice – its nutrient value diminishes quite quickly after harvesting, so fresh berries are not readily available, unless you live in the Amazon đź™‚
This super little berry’s list of attributes includes a high level of antioxidant activity similar to cranberries, but more than that found in blueberries and strawberries and allegedly, it has 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes.
Acai berries are low in sugar and, contain high amounts of iron, calcium, fibre and, vitamin A. They also contain anthocyanin compounds such as resveratrol and ferulic acid, which not only give fruits and vegetables their distinct colour, but also work with flavonoids to defend the body against harmful free radicals. Beneficial fatty acids such as oleic acid, one of the same oils found in olive oil, and healthy levels of dietary fibre alsoÂ score this berryÂ bonus points đź™‚
It is thought that the properties contained in acai berries may help prevent health problems such as arthritis, inflammation, obesity, some neurological diseases and, allergies. Lab studies have also shown them to have positive effects on ailments associated with oxidative stress, heart disease, and cancer.
Whilst acai berries contain less sugar than other fruits, they should still be consumed in moderation, as we all know how ageing the sweet stuff isÂ :-0
Acai’s accomplices in the making of this purple delight>>>
And yes you’ve guessed it, all Omniblended to lilac loveliness…
Article produced withÂ reference toÂ Mercola.com