Acai Berry Euterpe oleracea´╗┐
- Common Names
- Acai Berry , Acai Berry, jussara, Açaí
- Botanical Name
- Euterpe oleracea
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Acai Berry
- Medicinal Uses: * Cardiovascular
* Diet/weight Loss
- Properties: * Antioxidant
- Parts Used: Berries
- Constituents: fiber, calcium vitamins c, a and iron. amino acids, aspartic acid and glutamic acid. efa: oleic , palmitic, and linoleic acids. a high amount of beta-sitosterol, polyphenols.
How to Use: Acai Berry
The juice and berries of acai are an important food source for the indigenous populations of Brazil. Acai is traditionally served in gourds, and mixed with tapioca, sugar and honey. Freeze dried powders, juices and supplements have become a very popular health food outside the region in recent years for it's energizing antioxidant benefits as part of a weight loss diet.
Acai is a nutritious health tonic that can be safely added to a daily health regime to improve stamina. Açai (Euterpe oleracea) berries are marketed for health benefits such as promoting rapid weight loss, improving digestion, fighting cardiovascular disease, and preventing the aging process.1 There are many wildly extravagant health claims for acai health food products that should be viewed with a certain amount of skepticism. In the tradition folk medicine of Brazil it was also revered as an energy food, and was traditionally pulped to make wine. There is little science to support these uses, what is known is that the acai berry is extremely high in antioxidants and anthocyanins, rich in protein fiber, vitamin E and iron. Be sure to purchase acai from a reputable source for a reasonable price.2
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Freeze dried Acai is used to make healthy smoothies, and juices, often mixed with blueberries, raspberries and other antioxidant fruits. The fresh fruit is only available in tropical regions. Acai is often found in supplement form.
Acai Berry Remedies
Brazilan Acai Palm with ripe berries
- Plant Class:Perennial Shrub
- Fruit: Small, round, dark purple, similar to grapes. The seed is much larger than grapeseed, making up to 80% of the fruit
- Preferred Habitat:Rainforest
- Flowering Season:
- Distribution:Amazon region of Brazil, Tropical
Regional Traditions :Central and South America *
History and Traditions & FolkloreAcai was first used by tribes in the Amazon for various medicinal purposes, among them the ability to build and strengthen the immune system, fight infection, protect the heart, and as a natural remedy for erectile dysfunction. It was also revered as an energy food, and was traditionally pulped to make wine. Mountain Rose Herbs
The genus is named after the muse Euterpe of Greek mythology.