Acai Berry Powder
Acai (Ah-SAH-EE) is an incredible superfruit containing a rare and
wonderful blend of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, vitamins and
amino acids. Acai is the fruit of the acai palm (Euterpe oleracea),
which is native to South America.
Acai berry is a fruit which belongs to the same species as the
It is mostly cultivated in areas near the Amazon river, such as
Brazil, Peru etc.
For several centuries, it was considered healthy food
by the Brazilians.
In recent years, it has become popular in North
America and Europe as well.
Acai berry is a highly perishable fruit.
Therefore, it needs to be preserved in the right way to obtain its
Acai fruit are small, round, dark
purple berries, slightly smaller than grapes.
The dark purple color of
acai comes from pigments called anthocyanins, which are powerful
antioxidants that help defend the body against free radical damage.
Acai berry for skin care
Recently acai berry have been hailed as a super-food, high in antioxidants and fiber,
receiving publicity from a number of celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey
and Brad Pitt. Aside from assisting with weight loss, the berries are
also believed to keep the skin looking young and fresh by fighting signs
of aging with their potent antioxidant properties. The small and
purplish-red berry originates in South and Central America and are a
popular ingredient in many skin care products.
Acai are extremely high in vitamin c therefore have antioxidant properties,
working to fight the cell-damaging free radicals which damage and age
the skin. Therefore, acai berries may help to maintain young and radiant
skin. A 2006 study conducted by the Journal of Agricultural and Food
Chemistry found that acai had by far the highest oxygen radical
scavenging activity of any food measured to date, strongly supporting
the acai's antioxidant properties.
to the acai's antioxidant content, the acai berry also has a natural
anti-inflammatory effect, making it a useful ingredient for treating
acne. It has also been suggested that acai berry can help ease pain
caused by damaged nerve fibers.
Treatment for hyper pigmentation
pigmentation is a common, usually harmless condition in which patches
of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin. This
darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that
produces normal skin color, forms deposits in the skin. Research by
Fowler et al (2010) found acai berry to be one of the most beneficial
natural ingredients for the treatment of hyper pigmentation. However
researchers also noted that research is needed to determine to confirm
and elucidate the benefits of these ingredients in the prevention and
management of skin disease.