You'll have heard all about the benefits of superfoods and you're probably wondering if theres a definitive list - well not really, in my opinion many natural foods are 'super' but I suppose the term ‘superfood’ is used to describe a food that is significantly rich in nutrients that have health benefits. Superfoods are antioxidant agents, rich in vitamins, minerals, they’re anti inflammatory, a good protein source which is great for vegans, blood sugar stabilizing agents. We're all aware of blueberries, broccoli and avocado and raw chocolate as superfoods but others are much more exotic, and are not generally as available – chlorella, spirulina, maca, maqui berry and Acai berry, for example.
Acai - I'm a big fan !
Acai is a small purple berry, regarded widely as one of the Earth's most nutritious foods. It is one of the world’s richest sources of antho cyanins. It contains more of these antioxidant compounds than red wine !! (probably better for you too !)
The people of the Brazilian Amazon region have been consuming Acai for centuries. They farm it in sympathy with the delicate ecosystem of their native land. Its immense antioxidant content helps maintain the body, protecting against heart disease, cancer, arthritis and premature ageing
Its antioxidants promote recovery from serious disease
Its fantastic combination of Omega fatty acids aid digestive and cardiovascular health
Many of the world's greatest athletes now include Acai in the dietary element of their training regimes. Its easily-absorbed proteins help build and maintain muscle, aiding muscle recovery and tissue repair during sports training.
Because of the 'rarity' of superfoods such as Acai we often need to
access them as supplements and a great brand is Rainforest Foods - a manufacturer and wholesaler of premium organic food supplements. It prides itself on sourcing only the finest of nature's foods from the very best suppliers and bringing these products tous at a realistic price. Their range that is nearly all organic and certified by the soil association. Importantly their products are pure and free from binders, fillers and additives. (a big problem with some of the cheaper supplement brands)
Acai’s high fat content means that it tends to go off much quicker than most fruit, typically within 24 hours. As soon as it is picked its sent to processing plants. There are several ways to process Acai flesh, but by far the best is freeze-drying. The result is a powdered product that contains as much as possible of the fresh fruit’s nutrition, and I'm assured that Rainforests process supports the amazon rainforest and is fairly traded
You can buy freeze dried Acai Berry capsules and a whole range of superfoods from http://www.rainforestfoods.co.uk/