What is it? The açaí (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a Brazilian berry that, according to studies from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, is packed of antioxidants. It is heart-healthy, and extracts from the berry trigger a self-destruct response in leukemia cells. Açaí is known to help increase energy levels, improve digestion, promote sleep, promote healthier and younger-looking skin and aids in flushing the body of toxins.
What's so great about it? Açaí is packed with antioxidants, amino acids and omega-3's. Omega-3's can benefit people who suffer from a number of problems, including heart disease, diabetes and depression. It is also high in monounsaturated fats-the kind you find in olive oil-and contains omega-6 and -9, which can help lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol.
Use it... as you would any berry! Add some to your smoothie in the morning or toss them into your fruit salad. They might be hard to find, but don't worry: you can find many juices with açaí in health food stores.
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