Not one to be left behind, London has cottoned on to the Aussie obsession over açaí bowls and this summer get set to see them appearing on the menus of every trendy café in town. But what’s all the hype about? The cynics among you are probably saying that the reason they are so popular is because they’re incredibly instagrammable, very true, but these little berries do have some useful health benefits as well and it’s mainly due to their antioxidant content. The reason antioxidants are so amazing and beneficial for our health is because they fight off free-radicals that can damage our body's cells, and free radicals can cause a whole host of health problems, from degenerative diseases, auto-immune conditions and even cancer. We’ve listed some of the main health benefits below:
- Cardiovascular Health: Research shows that açaí berries are extremely high in anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant that supports balanced cholesterol levels. They are also rich in plant sterols that provide cardio-protective benefits, including supporting circulation, improving overall blood composition, and relaxing the blood vessels. Açaí is naturally high in essential fatty acids having a fatty acid profile similar to olive oil and the link between essential fatty acids and heart health is well established.
- Anti-ageing: Extremely high in many forms of phytochemicals, açaí is naturally high in essential fatty acids having a fatty acid profile similar to olive oil and the link between essential fatty acids and heart health is well established berries may slow or reverse aging processes as they relate to oxidative damage. In fact, the berries are one of the best sources of antioxidants; one berry has ten times as many antioxidants as grapes and twice as many as blueberries.
- Açaí berries contain amino acids which help promote muscle performance, energy production, endurance and strength.
- Açaí berries contain as much Vitamin C as blueberries and is also a source of Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and E. It is also a source of calcium, magnesium, zinc and copper.
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