The humble acai berry has been in the news quite a bit in the last few years. In fact, it has become so popular that it would be hard not to know something about this greatly lauded fruit. It has been hailed far and wide as a super-food packed with antioxidants.
One thing many people do not know about acai is where it comes from. You might think that, since it is a berry, it grows on bushes; however, this is far from the truth. The fact of the matter is, these berries are plucked from the lofty branches of Brazilian Acai Palms where they grow like grapes. This type of tree also produces heart of palm. People in Brazil eat quite a few products from the Acai Palm because the berries and other edibles it produces are both tasty and high in nutritional value.
Since their introduction to the United States and the rest of the world, many people have claimed that these nutritious berries can cure any and all illnesses and conditions. Indeed, many advertisers have made claims that consuming acai juice can help with detoxification, high levels of cholesterol, obesity, arthritis, erectile dysfunction and more.
The fact is, these berries are truly very rich in antioxidants. They contain a lot of fiber, and they contain good fats that are healthy for your heart. It must also be said that this description describes all other dark, natural berries. Still, acai berries are, indeed, very good for you and very tasty! You can enjoy them in energy drinks, smoothies, ice cream, jelly or you can just eat them out of hand. You can also enjoy their benefits in pill form, and this cannot generally be said of other types of berries. If you happen to be a person who dislikes fruits and berries, being able to get the benefits of acai in a pill might be advantageous.
It is a shame that so many unscrupulous vendors jumped on the acai berry bandwagon early on and came close to destroying the market for honest purveyors of dietary supplements. When considering whether or not you want to give acai berries a try, it is a good idea to remember that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true. This should not put you off acai berries, though! They may not be an absolute miracle, but they are very good for you, very tasty and a great way to add value, enjoyment and benefit to your overall diet and your general health.