Healthy acai benefits
We’re sure many of you have seen pictures featuring elaborate açaí bowls on Instagram. However, these aren’t just picture-worthy desserts. Health-junkies and gym-goers are now jumping on the bandwagon for a plethora of acai benefits too.
Check out the top 9 benefits a bowl of açaí has and what you’ve been missing out.
1. Packed with nutrients
According to The U.S. Department of Agriculture, açaí berries carry a whole load of nutrients and minerals. They contain a high level of anthocyanins, which serve as a good antioxidant for the body and contribute to a plethora of benefits — which brings us to the next point.
2. Improve immune system
Antioxidants, along with other vitamins and minerals that are abundant in berries found in açaí berries, help to strengthen the immune system. Antioxidants cleanse impurities while the nutrients and minerals help to boost your immune system.
3. Reduce cholesterol levels
Studies have shown that açaí berries can decrease total and LDL cholesterol. These berries contain plant sterols — cholesterol-like compounds found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains — which prevent bad cholesterol from being absorbed into the body.
The participants also experienced an increase in antioxidant activity, and a supplement of açaí pulp was found to reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol.
4. Enhance cognitive function
If you aren’t a fan of herb-y drinks like Chicken Essence but your mum isn’t laying off, try convincing with açaí bowls instead! Researchers have found that diets rich in anti-inflammatory polyphenolic and antioxidants — which are found in açaí berries — may lower the risk of unwanted diseases.
These antioxidants, called anthocyanins, lower oxidative stress and inflammation, hence boosting brain health. Anthocyanins have also been shown to improve memory as they aid blood flow to the brain.
5. Protect your heart
A study by Clinical Nutrition showed that after consuming açaí for a period of time, participants showed an improved “good” HDL cholesterol metabolism which helps to protect the heart from unwanted heart diseases.
6. May possess anticancer properties
A bowl of açaí may prevent cancer cells from spreading. Anthocyanins have been observed to engage in anticarcinogenic activities — induce cancer cell death, prevent cancer cell invasion, and so on.
A study conducted by the University of Florida also showed that these berries may actually contain the ability to combat cancer.
7. Good for your skin
Açaí is known to help boost your skin’s immunity by fighting off free radicals. Since we are constantly exposed to environmental pollution, poor diet, stress, a good dose of antioxidants is important to repair our skin cells.
A study by Toxicological Research showed that açaí is able to help your skin heal better while another, The U.S. National Library Of Medicine, showed that açaí is able to boost skin collagen and elastin.
8. May aid in weight loss
A bowl of açaí alone is not able to give you your desired body shape or weight simply by consuming. However, açaí berries are known for their low-calorie content and high level of nutrients and fibre to stave off the hunger pangs.
Plus, it also flushes away unwanted fat from the body which promotes weight loss.
9. Better digestive health
Fibre and antioxidants found in these berries are good for the gut. A study done by Food Chemistry showed that açaí berries could even act as a prebiotic which has the ability to feed you good gut bacteria for better digestive health.
Get your acai from The Acai Lab — Singapore’s first acai delivery specialist
The Acai Lab (@theacailab) offers açaí delivery services so can enjoy a bowl of healthy and delicious açaí at the comfort of your own home.
Their special Purpleblend ™ is a combination of pure açaí with purple superfoods like blueberries along with bananas and vegan milk. Plus, each bowl is blended by hand instead of machines for a refreshing texture.
Better yet, their açaí bowls are topped with organic and GMO-free fruits. Whether you’re on a #fitspo lifestyle or simply looking for a guilt-free dessert, The Acai Lab’s açaí bowls will be up your alley.
Tip: Choose to combine your orders from The Acai Lab with sushidelivery.sg to save on delivery cost. Now you get to spend more on food instead of wasting on delivery fees.
Cover image adapted from: eatwildgreens
Written by Angeline