It is little known by people congratulating themselves for discovering the benefits of the Acai berry, but these little chunks of magic have been freely available and a popular way of getting energy and losing weight for some time. In actual fact, those of us who have only recently discovered the effects it has on us might benefit from stopping and thinking that it has been in use in South America for years – centuries, in fact. By comparison, we have been pretty slow to react in the English-speaking world.
The qualities of Acai berries have been known to Amazon tribes since time immemorial. In fact, the berry has had something of a reputation as a miracle cure for a number of ailments, including illnesses of the heart and the immune system. Even in hospitals in Brazil, the by-products of Acai berries have been used in antibiotics used to fight infection.
It is not just used medicinally in Brazil, however. it has more than its share of popularity as an ingredient in healthy recreational drinks, with Brazilian surfing resorts being an ever-popular outlet for the sale of the Acai berry and its juice. It is often used in smoothies which are made, sold and drunk on Brazilian beaches. This popularity is down to its energy-restoring properties which stand trial against any of the more mass-produced energy drinks which have a hefty price tag for what they do – often very little – and can cause their own health problems if they are consumed regularly.
As a race of people we have become used to having a hot drink at certain times. For many of us it is the morning cup of coffee, something of a ritual in today’s society not only in the US, the UK and other such nations, but all over the world. There are few things that unite the world in such a way. A hot drink has so many benefits, from the obvious ones like warming you up on a bitterly cold day to more obscure ones, such as the way a warm drink can kick-start the metabolism.
Of course, there are drawbacks to even the morning cup of coffee, as powerful as it makes you feel initially. Caffeine, though more than acceptable in small doses, does have a habit of borrowing energy from the body’s supply to make you feel as tall as a giant one moment and then as flat as a crepe the next. In order to avoid this, it is worth looking for alternatives. Did you know that much of the effect of coffee is attributed to a placebo effect and that the average cup of morning tea contains more actual caffeine?
However, there are other alternatives which do the same job but avoid overloading you with caffeine – therefore leaving you feeling better for longer. An Acai berry tea, as well as tasting delicious and being 100% natural, will also give you an energy boost which does not rely on borrowing against what is there. Now that’s a perfect way to start your day.
When a product hits the health market, it is amazing how quickly companies spring up selling that product and related ones. There is always a real buzz around anything that gives the impression it is likely to work, especially in the weight loss niche. Weight loss is after all a major issue for a lot of people, with concerns over one’s weight something which affect most of the industrialised world’s population at any given time. We have seen products come and go, but one can say with confidence that the popularity of Acai berries seems set to endure.
One of the major reasons for Acai berries being so popular is because there is such a range of ways to take them. You can purchase packets of Acai berries, shrink-wrapped for freshness, and enjoy the flavor as a snack or with a dessert. You can even buy freeze-dried Acai berry extract with which to make tea. One of the most popular forms in which you can buy Acai berries is as a powder. This powder is an immensely versatile product which can be added to drinks or mixed in with sweet foodstuffs. Mixing it in with yogurt is one way that people give life to something that is otherwise bland.
And this is the reason why Acai berries have taken off as a popular health food. Most health foods are, with the best will in the world, quite dull and tasteless. This is not a problem with Acai berries, and even in a freeze-dried powder the nutrients remain intact to give you the benefits and the versatility all in one.
It is commonly known that fruit and veg are a necessary part of your diet. As boring as it may sound to many people, there is really no substitute for the nutrients that these natural products give you. Although companies are keen to sell them as supplements which promise to allow you a more simple diet, even going as far as to tell you that by taking their product you will be able to enjoy a more “fun” diet. They will promise that you can eat burgers and fries and still get the nutrients and health benefits. Sadly, this is a myth.
You do need to eat fruit and veg – and the latter should not come in the form of potatoes cut into thin strips and fried. Now, you do not need to cut that food entirely from your diet. You just need to make some room in your diet for the right things. At least a few times a week your evening meal should comprise of a cut of meat and a salad, or some steamed veg, to give you the nutrients in those items. So where do Acai berries find their place in a diet like this?
Well, it is not beyond the wit of anyone to turn some berries into a dessert that stays within the bounds of health and taste. Additionally, we all have times when we feel we need a snack. To overcome those hunger pangs don’t reach for a chocolate bar. Snack on Acai berries and get the benefits of feeling satisfied and healthier.
It is a common complaint expressed by many people – a lack of energy makes it really hard to get things done, and at any given time many of us are liable to a lack of drive that makes us want to drop what we are doing to grab a nap just to shake of this feeling of torpor. This lack of energy seems resistant to many of the supposed cures – eating something means we have to wait while a lethargic body processes it, and many of the energy-specific products available are less than beneficial.
Energy drinks are one solution that a lot of people lean towards – but it has to be said that there is some question over the absolute effectiveness of energy drinks. Many of the products on the market are caffeine and sugar-laden fizzy drinks which have a taste that many would consider “acquired”. These do indeed give you a boost of energy at a key time, but only by borrowing against the body’s energy supply. A few hours later, you will be feeling sluggish and need to rest anyway. It is better to have a controlled, steady energy supply.
For this to be the case, the body needs to get the correct nutrients. Caffeine works for a time, as does sugar. However, for an all-day energy boost that allows you to call on an extra reserve of energy at the point when you need it, natural ingredients cannot be beaten. They will not leave the body feeling an energy debt, rather they will only use what is there, and enhance it to make sure you don’t crash. Acai berries are an excellent way of getting this.
As we get to know more about the different things that have negative or positive effects on our bodies – and dietary science is a fast-developing field – we start to find out things that we thought we knew are, if not wrong, then incomplete. If you had asked just about anyone what antioxidants were ten years ago, they wouldn’t have known. For that time, and before, we have found ourselves sticking to supposed rules on what was good for us – but in actual fact, we were being misled.
Acai Berries are an excellent source of antioxidants. So what are antioxidants exactly? Well, they are a nutrient that is contained in a lot of fruit and vegetables – sometimes in large amount, sometimes less so – which have proven and extensive health benefits. These benefits range from increased energy levels which are perfect for keeping at bay “the crash” which makes you feel exhausted and weak in the middle of the day, to a known effect on the immune system, which allows you to keep at bay infections and recover more quickly.
Antioxidants are becoming more prominent as a selling point for manufacturers of health food and for companies who previously gave very little consideration to their benefits. A great number of people swear by them, but a lot of foods which sell themselves as a source of antioxidants contain a limited amount. With Acai berries that is not a problem. They genuinely are packed with this magical ingredient which makes you feel better and helps you lose weight.
The popularity of Acai Berries as a method of weight loss has increased in recent years as people realize that they make a process which is often difficult a whole lot easier. There are a number of reasons why this is seen as important. It has for some time been a widely-held opinion that if something is good for you, it must be difficult or taste bad. This is an opinion that does not stand up strongly in the face of Acai Berries.
It is easy to understand why people would be skeptical about Acai Berries as a method of weight loss. How can something be enjoyable and taste good and be healthy as well? This is something that will be asked by the countless people who have found themselves following weight loss plans that demand you eat nothing more enjoyable than lightly salted boiled potatoes, toast with a thin scraping of low fat spread or pasta with low fat sauce. It is important to drink water, but just water?
Acai Berries allow you to eat something that is genuinely enjoyable, has a different taste and keeps you from getting bored with your diet. In addition they allow you to feel a lot more awake and ready to face the day. The versatility of Acai berries makes them an excellent option for the person looking to lose weight fast without putting their health at risk. The joys of Acai Berries are still not known to most people, but that is changing.