Acai (euterpe oleracea), is a small dark red to black berry, which grows in big clusters on 25m high Acai palms. These wild growing trees can be found all over the Amazon region.
The harvest is really hard work. Natives climb up the tall trunks, cut off the clusters which can weigh up to 6kg and then shimmy on to the next palm tree.
The Acai fruit was first discovered by the natives of the Amazon region and became part of their diet.
The berries are now one of the most valuable treasures of the Amazon region from an ecological and nutritional perspective. The Acai market has become an important source of income for Brazil and also offers smallholders a secure livelihood.
Acai has experienced an unstoppable boom for several years as a nutritional and natural power drink, especially among physically active people. Acai now plays an indispensable role in sports studios and fruit bars in Brazil. The seeds of the fruit are also used in a variety of ways – as seeds, in animal feed and for the production of local jewellery.
The Acai harvest does no harm to the palm itself. However, to obtain the popular “palmito” palm hearts from the acai palm, the whole tree has to be felled. AMAZONAS only buys the Acai fruits and not the palm hearts, thus making a small contribution to the preservation of the valuable Acai palms.
The tropical berry grows in the peaks of the "Acaipalms", lat. Euterpe oleracea, also called cabbage palms. In its native land the palm is called Acaizeiro, hence the name Acai for the berries. The acaipalms are native to the Amazon rainforest, which stretches from Brazil, through Guyana, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. Up to 1,000 berries can grow on a single palm branch. They are 1 to 2 cm in size, weigh approx. 2 g and consist of 90% of a kernel. In Brazil, acai is very popular and is highly sought after in fitness studios or fruit bars together with guarana as a delicious energy smoothie.
Acaifruits consist of 90% of a kernel, only their skin is edible. After pitting, the acai berries are immediately processed into a fruit powder or puree, otherwise they will spoil quickly after a few days.
Acai fruit powders with a high content of polyphenols, which are among the strongest antioxidants, are dark purple, almost black in colour. The darker, the richer in polyphenols the acai powder is. The taste is earthy and nutty, a rather unusual note.
The higher the ratio, the higher the quality of the acai product. For 1 kg AMAZONAS Acai fruit powder, at least 18-20 kg of fresh fruit are used. Amazonas Acai powder is produced without additives such as fillers or release agents. This testifies to a high-quality, 100% pure product.
The acai berry is mainly valued for its antioxidant content. They are rich in minerals such as calcium, trace elements such as manganese and antioxidant anthocyanins (dark red plant pigment). Anthocyanins, which belong to the polyphenol group, are mainly found in dark berries, they protect the body's cells from free radicals and inhibit cell oxidation. It is particularly interesting that they can reduce plaques in the blood vessels and thus prevent arteriosclerosis. In summary, the acai berries protect your body from stress and overload.
The content of polyphenol in blueberries, blackberries, elderberries and currants is between 200-800 mg, while AMAZONAS Acai fruit powder contains 2,000-6,000 mg polyphenols. Our local berries, also processed as powder, do not contain the high antioxidant content of the Acai fruit powder.
AMAZONAS Acaipowder is produced by a newly developed method which Refractance Window Drying Technology, which is one of the most gentle methods of drying fresh fruit at low temperature. Contamination is impossible with our Acaipowder, because it is produced according to strict, international hygiene regulations and samples are taken during the processing and examined in laboratories. In addition, counter-analyses are carried out here in Germany in recognised laboratories to guarantee the high quality.
According to analysis by a recognised laboratory, our caipowder contains approx. 0.8 mg manganese per recommended daily amount of 5 g of caipowder. The German Society for Nutrition (DGE) gives an estimate of 2-5 mg of manganese per day as an appropriate intake. Manganese is mainly a component of enzymes in the body. It ensures the energy supply of the cell and plays an important role in the formation of connective tissue, cartilage and bones.
Acaipowder usually contains about 15 mg manganese / 100 g, which corresponds to 0.8 mg manganese in the daily recommendation (5 g acaipowder). According to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the adequate intake of manganese for adults is 3 mg per day. The German Society for Nutrition (DGE) gives an estimate of an adequate intake of 2-5 mg of manganese per day. A significantly higher intake of manganese can possibly have a negative effect on iron intake, but you would have to consume 4-5 times the recommended amount of acaipowder to reduce the absorption of iron.
For those who need to build up their immune system due to stress, overwork, illness, harmful environmental influences, etc. Also for all smokers as well as for all those who wish to supply their body with sufficient vital substances during diets or fasting cures.
Most capsules contain fillers and release agents in addition to acaipowder, so capsules are not suitable for consumers looking for a pure, pure acaipowder.
Acai boosts the metabolism, is rich in vitamins and fibre, can help you lose weight and is filling.
Cell protection means protecting healthy body cells from toxic effects. The key to health and well-being are our body cells. Every single one of them is comparable to a small biochemical factory, in which thousands of metabolic processes take place every second. For these processes to run smoothly, the cells need a lot of protection and care. Because their condition determines our performance and energy, our metabolism, our psyche, our resistance and last but not least our biological age.
Antioxidants are the opponents of free radicals and are also known as radical scavengers. Antioxidants have to be ingested through the diet. Antioxidants include vitamins such as vitamin C, A and E, minerals and secondary plant substances such as polyphenols.
Antioxidants help our body fight against free radicals. These highly reactive oxygen compounds are produced by the body itself, on the other hand they are caused by harmful external influences such as cigarette smoke, environmental toxins or UV radiation from the sun. If there are too many free radicals in our body, so-called "oxidative stress" occurs, which causes cell damage and accelerates the ageing process, diseases such as arteriosclerosis, cardiovascular diseases, arthritis and cancer and causes our skin to age more quickly.
More and more products from Asia and India are being offered on the European Markets as so called high quality organic. Sadly however, what the documents and analyses states does not always conform to the values determined by the laboratories which also carry counter-analyses. There have already been product recalls due to excessive levels of heavy metals or pesticides. In another case, the alleged organic goods had to be re-declared as conventional due to excessive pollution.
Demanding customers must be able to rely on compliance with quality standards. Quality comes at a price.
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