The all-rounder berry
The reputation of superfood precedes the açaí berry: it is supposed to slim, eliminate wrinkles, sexually stimulate, strengthen the heart and even cure cancer. For such an unknown fruit, these are a whole host of promising effects. Hardly any of these effects have been confirmed by studies, but the berry provides at least plenty of nutrients for the body, the effect of which is undisputed. With a calcium content of 133-300mg per 100g, the Açaí berry is a strong, natural source of calcium, strengthening the human skeleton. Vitamins B3 and B6 also provide protection against nerve damage, while the potassium they contain naturally regulates the water balance.
Effects not definitively proven
Although the dramatic effect of berries on cancer and other ominous diseases has not yet been demonstrated, the University of Florida has indeed found a positive effect in the fight against leukemia. In 86% of leukaemia cells, the antioxidants of the açaí berry triggered a self-destruction process and the cells regressed. Although this is not evidence as a remedy, it shows the potential of the superberry.
The effect on the cardiovascular system is much clearer: the high proportions of omega-3 fatty acids have a positive effect on blood pressure and vascular functions.
Açaí as a miracle of slimness
Inspired by American stars and starlets, manufacturers always advertise their açaí products as a miracle cure for weight loss. The high proportion of dietary fibres is supposed to cause a premature feeling of fullness and thus have an appetite-inhibiting effect. In addition, the berry should stimulate the metabolism, which reduces unnecessary fat. In fact, the ingredients that produce these effects can do so, but as with most diets, a sensible use of the entire diet is necessary to achieve the desired result.