Açaí is a purple fruit that grows in bunches, coming from the Euterpe oleracea palm , popularly known as açaí palm tree, which can reach from 13 to 25 meters in height and native to Central and South America. The fruits of this tree are now better known, thanks to its various health benefits.
Due to its properties, açaí is considered one of the most nutritious and energetic fruits. It is rich in vitamins and other nutrients, so drinking its tea is extremely beneficial to health. Among the nutrients present in açaí, vitamins B1, B2, B3, C and E stand out; fibers, minerals such as iron, magnesium and calcium; amino acids and fatty acids, omega-3s, 6 and 9. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, omega-3s are important for brain growth and function. In addition, the fruit has a high content of anthocyanins, which fight inflammation and bacterial infections.
The benefits of acai tea
Acai tea is also rich in antioxidants, with levels similar to those found in red wine and blueberries. Antioxidants play an important role in the body, they fight cell oxidation and stimulate the immune system, reducing the risk of disease and infection.
Studies conducted at the University of Florida pointed out the potential of açaí against certain types of cancer, particularly leukemia. The research was carried out with human cell cultures and, when applied to these cells, açaí triggered a self-destruction reaction in more than 80% of the leukemic cells.
Açaí has a high fat content, but it is largely monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, also present in avocados, which are beneficial, helping to reduce “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and contributing to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack, in addition to preventing obesity, memory problems and physical weakness.
Ways to consume acai
Blend a tablespoon (10 grams) of açaí with 300 ml of water, juice or milk in a blender. If you prefer, add ice and sweeten with sugar or sweetener.