Tea for sport, zoom on Acai berry!
A quick tour of this super-food / super-fruit Acai berry!
Acai berry presentation:
The Acai berry is the fruit of the palm tree of the same name, having the Latin name « Euterpe Oleracea », family of Arecaceae.
Acai is native to South America, the only geographical area where it grows naturally. It is found in Venezuela, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador.
Having a "trunk" less than 20 centimeters in diameter, it can nevertheless reach 20 meters in height!
He particularly appreciates the tropical zones, and the marshy areas.
Acai berries grow in clusters: although the latter are impressive, the fruits themselves are nevertheless very small (less than 2 cm in diameter).
according to Wikipedia, the berry harvest would be done in the last six months of the year, from August to December.
Properties and benefits:
Contrary to popular belief and information that can be found, the Acai is not primarily to promote weight loss, its interest is indeed other: its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. We will also add its nutrients.
Thus, for 100g of Acai berries, we have (on an average of the different readings obtained):
Fat: Between 45 and 51 grammes
Fibers: Between 32 and 35 grammes
Proteins: Between 8 eand 18 grammes
carbohydrates: Between 1 and 7 grammes.
Its data therefore indicate for lipids that Acai berries have a high level of Omega 9 and Omega 6 (respectively against "bad" cholesterol, and beneficial for "good" cholesterol).
Its level of dietary fiber is also very high (more than 30% on the analyzes), which has the effect of improving the transit, and incidentally to provide a satiety effect (argument advanced when looking for weight loss) .
Finally, its carbohydrate is very low, and still according to Wikipedia, the share of "simple sugar" is close to 0.
Among the minerals and trace elements, Acai berries offer Sodium, Copper, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Manganese, Iron and Zinc.
Without detailing the whole list, it is interesting to note some things;
For 100 grams of Acai, we obtain:
-210% of our RDA* in Copper(1)
-46% of our RDA* in Magnesium(2)
-47% of our RDA* in Phosphorus(3)
-53% of our RDA* in Calcium(4)
-665% of our RDA* in Manganese(5)
-56% of our RDA* in Iron (6)
* RDA (Recommended daily intake, established by the European Commission).
(1) : Copper – 3 main roles: Metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids, helps the immune system, and has anti-oxidant effects.
(2) : Magnesium – 3 main roles: Helps bone consolidation, fixes calcium and promotes growth.
(3) : Phosphorus – 3 main roles: Promotes muscle elasticity, helps lower blood pressure and helps maintain oxygenation of the cells.
(4) : Calcium – 3 main roles: Helps build bone and teeth, promotes cell exchanges and helps regulate blood pressure.
(5) : Manganese – 3 main roles: Anti-oxidant, promotes energy production and helps in tissue formation.
(6) : Iron – 3 main roles: Promotes the circulation of oxygen in the body, helps the formation of red blood cells and promotes the creation of neurotransmitters.
In order to better understand the antioxidant properties provided by Acai berries, the effects sought by Hina-Tea teas, here is a small comparison of contributions compared to other fruits:
(Source Référence, ORAC : www.orac-info-portal.de, SEO index of antioxidant content for foods)
Indice Orac :
Today, in 2018, the antioxidant effects of Acai berry are therefore proven and measured scientifically.
Meanwhile, studies are still underway for other criteria, such as the appetite suppressant effect and its beneficial effect against certain diseases. These last criteria are already proven, but are not yet measured, so we do not know the level of impact of these effects on humans.
In the Amazon, Acai has been used for a few years (to put it simple we find traces of use of acai berries in the habits of the Mayan tribes), the indigenous peoples sometimes used it as a "simple" food "(Or accompaniment), but also as a remedy against certain ailments (especially digestive).
For thirty years, Acai berries have been put back on the scene, especially via the world of sport, starting with the most practiced in Brazil, surfing, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
To end this zoom on this "super-food", a Brazilian legend tells the terrible story of his discovery, here is the summary ( you will easily find the full story on the internet):
" The legend takes place within an Amazonian tribe in ancient times, which faced a terrible drought, which resulted in a shortage of food, putting all members of the tribe in danger of death.
It was then that their leader, named Itaki, made the decision to sacrifice all newborns, in order to limit overpopulation and to try to stop the famine, while waiting for better days. Nevertheless, Itaki has a daughter, Iaca, who will give birth to a child, who will suffer the repercussions of choosing Itaki.
One evening of terrible despair, Iaca, persuaded to hear her child crying, heading for tears, saw only one tree, which she embraced, and let herself die of sorrow.
When it was found, the fruits of this mysterious tree attracted the attention of Itaki, who decided to taste them, then to share them with the rest of his people, which gave them strength and energy, and allowed the people of survive the famine, and repeal the sacrifices of newborns.
In honor of his daughter's memory, Itaki baptized this fruit by inverting the letters of her daughter's first name, and that is how Iaca becomes Acai, or Açaï in French. "