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What is Acai And Why We Love It

Those of you who frequent Ola know that we love açai and use it as a base for our bowls. Why do we love it so much? Let us share with you why these berries are some of our favorites.

Some people are intimidated to try or order this delicious Amazon berry simply because they don’t know how to pronounce it correctly. Açai is pronounced ah-sigh-ee. A short 3-syllable word jam-packed with nutritional goodness. While it looks similar to a small grape mixed with a blueberry, it has an almost chocolatey taste which makes it a great addition to bowls and smoothies.

Beyond the taste, these little berries are loaded with antioxidants, far more than most other berries. They are extremely high in anthocyanin, a form of plant antioxidants, which aids overall heart health, reducing heart disease, lowering cholesterol levels, and improving circulation. This, teamed up with flavonoids, help the body fend off harmful free radicals by promoting overall cellular health. The high antioxidant levels also help promote skin health both internally and externally. They have the power to slow or possibly even reverse the effects of aging due to oxidative damage.

Unlike other berries, açai are low in sugar but high in other nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, essential fatty acids, and fiber. The healthy fiber content also aids in digestion while helping detoxify the body. The pulp is believed to aid in weight loss and to maintain a healthy weight by lowering the level of insulin and glucose levels. The high levels of vitamin C and ellagic acid are not only known for being incredible immune boosters but also have been shown to suppress the growth of cancer.

Many people swear by the energy and stamina provided by consuming açai, as well as the increased mental function and sharpness. With the plethora of vitamins and antioxidants packed in these berries, it is no surprise that increased energy, stamina, as well as faster recovery times are strong benefits of eating these amazing berries.

While açai are highly perishable and thus difficult to obtain in their natural berry state, we make sure to provide our customers with highest quality, frozen açai berries to maintain all of their nutrients and health benefits. Come in and try one of our signature açai bowls and feel the power of the antioxidants loaded in these amazing berries.