Purple Is The New Blue!
The Acai berry; pronounced,A-sigh-ee, is a small round berry no bigger than an inch in size resembling a grape or better yet...a blueberry! It has a a deeper purple almost blackish color unlike the blueberry and is packed with a little more bitterness too. Acai berries boast 50% more of the antioxidant benefits than blueberries and have been showing up in all types of foods and hygiene products this year. The familiar deep purple colored fruit is used in energy drinks, juices, ice cream, body lotions, and even candy!
Acai contains several substances called anthocyanins and flavonoids. The word anthocyanin comes from two Greek words meaning “plant” and “blue.” Anthocyanins are responsible for the red, purple, and blue hues in many fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Foods that are richest in anthocyanins -- such as blueberries, red grapes, red wine, and acai -- are very strongly colored, ranging from deep purple to black.
Flavonoids are "the most common group of polyphenolic compounds in the human diet and are found in the fruits and vegetables we eat. Flavonols, the original bioflavonoids such as quercetin, are also found ubiquitously, but in lesser quantities. Both sets of compounds have evidence of health-modulating effects in animals which eat them.
Anthocyanins and flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that help defend the body against life's stressors. They also play a role in the body's cell protection system. Free radicals are harmful byproducts produced by the body. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants may interfere with aging and the disease process by neutralizing free radicals. this lessens the destructive power of free radicals, antioxidants may help reduce the risk of some diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.