(Euterpe oleracea)

 Acai is a very common, tall, slender palm tree.

Acai produces an edible fruit which grows in bunches.

The fruit liquid, called simply acai or vinho de acai (although it's not alcoholic or fermented) is not really that nutritious in comparison to many other fruit juices.

The dark purple color of the fruit is due to the polyphenolic compounds present. One of the main plant chemicals getting a lot of attention in acai, is a compound called anthocyanin. Anthocyanins are a group of flavonoids widely distributed in plants and lending a red to purple color to fruits like grapes, blackberries, and raspberries. As a well known antioxidant, anthocyanin-rich foods and fruits have been marketed as cancer preventative and anti-aging products.


Main Actions (in order): antioxidant, astringent, nutricious

Main Uses: as a beverage

Properties/Actions Documented by Research: antioxidant

Other Properties/Actions Documented by Traditional Use: astringent

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