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Acai

Also indexed as:Euterpe oleracea Mart.
Acai: Main Image© Steven Foster
Botanical names:
Euterpe oleracea Mart.

How It Works

Acai is one of nature's richest sources of anthocyanins--a type of bioflavonoid. Anthocyanins make up the purple, red, and blue-black pigments found within certain berries, fruits, plants, and flowers. The fruit of acai also contains protein, fiber, enzymes, vitamin E, amino acids, minerals (potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese, zinc, and boron), phytosterols, and beneficial fatty acids.

How to Use It

Frozen pulp: approximately 100 grams (3.5 ounces) per day is recommended, although there is no accepted standard. Brazilians commonly drink up to a liter (34 ounces) of acai juice per day.

Powder: 1 ounce of powder mixed with 10 to 12 ounces of water, once or twice a day.

Freeze-dried acai in capsules or tablets is sometimes recommended at 1 to 2 grams per day.

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