Acai juice is a turbid purple-colored drink which is experienced by many as fruity in taste with a tinge of chocolaty flavor. Acai berry, the fruit of the Euterpe Oleracea palm, has attained high global recognition as a super fruit believed to be replete with extraordinary health benefits and the juice is mostly valued for the acclaimed healthful properties though medical research is still being done to establish the uniqueness of the berry in terms of the health benefits it offers. Sambozan is first and the most reputed seller of this Amazonian fruit drink which is assumed to be effective in treating a number of ailments and undesirable bodily conditions like cardiac disorders, cancers, obesity and premature ageing, owing its distinctive antioxidants.
History of Acai Berry Juice
Though Acai juice is now manufactured commercially in a number of countries across the globe, the berry is native to the Central and Southern American countries like Belize, Brazil and Peru. This Amazonian fruit and its berry got international recognition only from the 1990s but before that they were used by the indigenous population of the Amazonian lands. In particular the “uwishin” , the Shuar physician( a person who is supposed to be knowledgeable about the medicinal properties and nutritional worth of the different herbs of the Amazonian forests) identified the Acai as a fruit with extraordinary healing properties and popularized its usage in the local community. Tourists who visited the beautiful Amazonian beaches were one of the first to popularize the fruit and its juice and made different products with them.
Preparation of Juice from Acai Berry
Acai berry juice is more commonly consumed in the blended form than as a pure juice as the latter version tastes better and is nutritionally enhanced. Preparing a pure or blended version is easy and it involves the simple steps of straining the pulp to extract the pure juice which is consumed pure or combined with other fruit juices like those of pomegranate, raspberry or blueberry.
Acai Juice Benefits
The Acai berry is rich in flavanoids and anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants which are largely responsible for making it a super fruit as they are found to beneficial in the prevention and treatment of fatal diseases like heart diseases and cancer by counteracting the harmful effects of free radicals produced during oxidative stress. The Acai berries are found to be much richer in antioxidants than its counterparts like cranberries, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries but are not known to have any unique health benefits.
Acai juice or other products of the fruits, though included in prominent weight loss diet programs, are yet to be proved medically to contain any unique properties to that effect though berries with high nutritional worth are generally included in many weight loss diets.
Acai berry juice benefits depend on the quality of the berries used for making the juice. Pure Acai juice sold commercially may not be always beneficial as inferior quality acai berries and processing methods affect the percentage of antioxidants and nutrients present in the berry.