What is the acai berry?
The acai berry is awesome! But seriously the acai berry is similar to a grape in its size and color but it does have less pulp. The fruit has a single seed which is 7-10mm in diameter.
While Mona Vie does have 19 different fruits the acai is essentially the celebrity fruit of the cast. It stands out among the other for its proven health benefits and also is intriguing for its mystery. The acai berry is not very well known because it is harvested in one region, the Amazon, in Brazil.
As far as health goes 100g of the acai berry powder equals 533.9 calories, 52.2 carbohydrates, 8.1 protein and 32.5 g total fat. The carbohydrate portion is made up of 44.2 g of fiber. One third of itâ€™s mass is dietary fiber making the acai berry an excellent source for this important macronutrient.
The acai berry is also high in antioxidants. Studies have shown that the freeze dried powder of the fruit showed high movement against super oxide. Superoxide is what is called a free radical. Superoxide is considered to be the original producer of other more potent reactive oxygen species. Protection against this superoxide is super important because antioxidants are a first line of defense fro the body. An antioxidant is a molecule able to stop or slow down the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that transports electrons from a substance to an oxidizing agent. Oxidation can produce what are called free radicals such as the superoxide which can damage cells. Antioxidants are useful because they work to eliminate harmful free radicals. Although oxidation reactions are vital for life they can also be harmful as well. This is the irony when it comes to our bodies and oxygen. While we are reliant on oxygen to sutain our life it can just as well be detrimental to us just by being such a highly reactive molecule which can damage our cells. Antioxidants basically prevent oxygen from becoming harmful or battle against it if it does. There are two major categories when it comes to antioxidants, you have the ones that are soluble in water or the in lipids. It was found that the antioxidant activity was against both peroxynitrite and hydroxyl radicals although the effects were milder than that seen against peroxyl radical and superoxide. Acai also has a high antioxidant effect against peroxynitrite, and a slightly restrained capacity against hydroxyl radical when compared with other fruit and vegetable juices.
Mona Vie is celebrated for its ability to help fight free radicals using antioxidants.