The Acai palm has gained in popularity for its health benefits that come from eating the palm fruit. This tree grows predominantly in swamps and flood plains and is a member of the palm tree family. There are many native species of this tree in regions of South America and some have been cultivated for commercial uses as demand for its fruit has grown.
Acai berries have been used as a nutritional supplement and food staple in regions where it grows locally. The berries can be eaten as food or made into a juice that is then consumed. This juice is often combined with other superfruits to make a potent health drink that can provide a number of health benefits for the entire body.
Health benefits for Acai berries include weight loss and immune and metabolism boosts. Acai berries help create weight loss by helping those who use it feel less hungry and curbing appetite. This can lead to weight loss as it is easier to adhere to a reduced calorie diet. The antioxidants and nutrients in Acai berries from the Acai palm can also help to fight off illness when taken regularly. This can be very beneficial during flu seasons or for those who work in areas where they might be regularly exposed to germs or other contaminants.
The berries are typically sold frozen or in juice form though other methods of preserving them have been used. This is due to the rapid spoiling nature of the berries, which must be used very shortly after harvesting to preserve the nutrients. Palm hearts are considered a delicacy for many and eaten like a vegetable.
In addition to the benefits provided by the Acai palm fruit, the leaves of this palm may be used to create a number of products such as wearable goods, baskets and roof thatching. The trunk of this tree features wood that is naturally resistant to pests and may be used in home or other forms of construction. The oil from the tree is also to treat a number of conditions such as stomach ailments or ulcers within the body.