Acai and Anthocyanins
Anthocyanins are an incredibly powerful antioxidant derived from the same essence that gives the Acai berry their deep purple coloring. Because of the anthocyanins in acai, this berry has been found to possess anti-inflammatory benefits, nervous system benefits, and they also, in some instances, have been associated with improved cardiovascular health.1
Anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins, and other flavonoids are the major phytochemicals in the Acai berry.2 Anthocyanins are compounds that have potent antioxidant activity, allowing for the neutralization of potentially harmful free radicals. By neutralizing these free radicals, anthocyanins from acai help maintain the healthy function of numerous systems and organs. Their antioxidant properties may help prevent oxidants from damaging connective tissues and help repair damaged proteins in the blood-vessel walls.
Anthocyanins have a host of other health benefits as well. Anthocyanin is also believed to have a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system. This antioxidant has also been shown to help prevent blood clots, improve circulation, prevent artherosclerosis and potentially help the fight against cancer.
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1 Schauss, A. G.; Wu, X.; Prior, R. L.; Ou, B.; Patel, D.; Huang, D.; Owens, John.; Agarwal, Amit.; Jensen, Gitte S.; Hart, Aaron N.; Shanbrom, Edward. “Antioxidant Capacity and Other Bioactivities of the Freeze-Dried Amazonian Palm Berry, Euterpe oleraceae Mart. (Acai)” J. Agric. Food Chem. 2006, 54, 8598–8603.
2 Schauss, A. G.; Wu, X.; Prior, R. L.; Ou, B.; Patel, D.; Huang, D.; Kababick, J. P. “Phytochemical and nutrient composition of the freeze-dried Amazonian palm berry Euterpe oleracea Mart.
(Acai).” J. Agric. Food Chem. 2006, 54, 8598–8603