The açaí berry is rightly considered a so-called superfood in this country. The fruit has a variety of ingredients that provide various health benefits, such as naturally relieving inflammation and pain, protecting against dangerous bacteria, and significantly improving heart health at the same time.
A recent study by experts at the Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poland summarized, among other things, the scientific findings on the health benefits of the açaí berry. The results are published in the English-language specialist journal “Nutrients”.
Healthy ingredients of the açaí berry
Açaí berries have been trendy among health-conscious people for several years. The fruits originally come from the açaí palm (Euterpe oleracea) and are known for their strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, the researchers report.
In addition, according to the team, the berries contain high amounts of amino acids, polyphenols, lignan isolates, various fatty acids and sterols. It has already been proven in vitro that açaí acts against oxidative stress and is involved in the regulation of pro-inflammatory genes.
Inhibit inflammation and relieve pain
The açaí berry itself has a pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effect, and the oil extracted from it is effective against bacteria such as Escherichia coli, Enterococcus faecalis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Streptomyces aureus, the experts explain.
Protection against neurodegenerative diseases
The açaí berry not only has a positive effect on the body, but also protects mental health. The researchers report that the açaí berry, thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, influences the so-called protein homeostasis in the brain, which has a positive effect on neurodegenerative diseases.
Experts cite antidiabetic, antidyslipidemic, hepato- and nephroprotective properties as further potential benefits of the berry.
In addition, there is evidence of an effect against prostate cancer and various risk factors of metabolic syndrome. The team adds that the açaí berry can also support the treatment of hearing disorders.
Good for kidneys and heart
Furthermore, açaí berries can improve heart health, lower blood pressure, promote vascular health, prevent kidney damage and even improve organ function, according to the team.
Protects against heart attacks
Another independent study confirms the beneficial effects on heart health. The results of evaluated in vitro and in vivo studies showed antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of the acai berry.
According to the research team, the acai berry has a cardioprotective effect and, among other things, reduces the risk of heart attacks. There are therefore some good reasons to add berries to your diet more often.(as)