Acai (pronounced Ah-sigh-ee) is a dark purple berry, highly valued as a superfood with rich antioxidants and nutrients. Acai berries contain healthy fats and low amounts of sugar, as well as many trace minerals and plant compounds, including anthocyanin.
Acai berries have an incredibly high amount of antioxidants, edging out other antioxidant-rich fruits like blueberries and cranberries. Antioxidants are important because they neutralise the damaging effects of free radicals throughout the body. If free radicals are not neutralised by antioxidants, they can damage cells and lead to a number of diseases, including diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Further, research has found that acai berries may improve cholesterol levels, have possible anti-cancer effects and boost brain function.