Acai
acerola
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Euterpe oleracea Mart.
Arecaceae
Fruit
Brazil
Acaí-do-Pará, cabbaghe palm

Widely used by athletes, the acai berry has undeniable nutritional properties and caloric value. It is rich in proteins, fibers, lipids, vitamin E and minerals, and has high levels of anthocyanin pigments. The acai pulp is even used as a basic ingredient in the Amazon Region: it is used in juices and ice creams, it is thickened with manioc meal or tapioca, it is used to accompany fish, dry prawn and meat dishes, and rice and beans.


Acai is rich in flavonoids (anthocyanins), a class of antioxidant substances that helps fight free radicals and consequently skin ageing. Our body contains enzymes that capture those free radicals; however, as we grow old, those enzymes become less active and the flavonoids that are found in the acai berry are said to help capture them and help fight heart diseases, cancer, and other age-related degenerative diseases. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-asthmatic and anti-thrombotic properties.