Açaí is the fruit of the açaí tree. It is a typical Brazilian fruit and of great economic importance in our country. Açaí grows in the tropical forests of the Brazilian Amazon. Açaí is a fruit rich in protein, fiber, lipids and an excellent source of vitamins: Vitamin C, Vitamin B1 and Vitamin B2. Açaí also has a good amount of phosphorus, iron and calcium.
A study published in the journal Nutrition found that rats fed high-fat diets along with açaí pulp had lower levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol than rats that were fed high-fat, non-pulped diets of açaí. Anthocyanins in açaí can also help reduce cholesterol levels.
A study published in the June 2011 issue of the journal Atherosclerosis found that acai juice protects against atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) by inhibiting the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. The cholesterol-lowering benefits mentioned above also contribute to the role of açaí in maintaining a healthy heart.