What you need to know: Açaí is a small, dark purple berry that grows on the açaí palm in the Amazon forest of Brazil. The nutrients come from the pulp and skin of the fruit, and the berries taste like a mix of blueberries and chocolate. The açaí berry is extremely high in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, making it a superfood that minimizes the effects of aging and supports the immune system and healthy skin. It is also rich in B vitamins, vitamin K, zinc, calcium, iron, potassium and manganese.
Why you should try it: The benefits of açaí extend far beyond its beautifying abilities. This purple berry has shown in research to have profound health effects on the entire body, primarily due to its high antioxidant content. Believed to have the highest concentration of antioxidants among all edible fruits, açaí contains about 300 percent more antioxidants than blueberries or grapes. This is important because antioxidants protect the cells from damage, which may reduce inflammation, and prevent disease. In fact, one study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that compounds extracted from açaí reduced cancer cell proliferation by 56-86%. This indicates that it may have the ability to halt the progression of cancer.
Let’s get together: There are a few ways to take down açaí, but in our opinion, the best way is with an açaí bowl! Specifically? This Super Berry Acai Bowl by The Green Kitchen Stories. Purchase the açaí in frozen packets, or blend up your own using Navitas Naturals Organic Acai Powder. If you a regular smoothie maker, you might also want to try Essential Living Foods Superfood Smoothie Mix – besides açaí, this mix also contains the superfoods goji berry and mesquite, as well as Brazil nut and hemp protein. A super-powered powder if we ever saw one!