Casas de Sucos

Casas de Sucos

I first heard of the acai berry whilst backpacking around Brazil with my husband in 2006.   The streets of Rio de Janiero are lined with Casas de Sucos or fresh juice bars which are as much a part of Brazilian life as a cup of tea is for the majority of us Brits.  Locals prop themselves up on a stool, leaning on the unpretentious stainless steel or glass counters with a freshly blended juice and maybe a snack on the way to work, whilst tourists ogle at the displays of brightly coloured, mysterious, fresh fruit and intriguing menus with varieties of fabulous fruits.   Acai berry was always on the menu.

Casas de Sucos Extensive Menu

Casas de Sucos Extensive Menu

I made it my mission to try a different juice each day and as many different fruits as I could whilst in Rio.  Acai berry became a firm favourite which lead to me to research the benefits when I got home.

Native to the Amazon rainforest, the acai tree which grows up to 20m’s high is a type of palm tree that produces the tiny dark purple acai berry.  Indigenous Amazon tribes discovered the healing benefits of acai thousands of years ago.  They found that when eaten regularly enough the super berry could boost energy levels and the extraordinary nutritional value would keep them alive during times of famine. For these reasons the acai tree was nicknamed “the tree of life”.

In more recent years Brazilians have nicknamed this superfruit the “beauty berry” as they believe that it contributes to fabulous general health both inside and out. The combination of omega fatty acids, amino acids and antioxidants all help to boost metabolic and immune systems, slow the aging process and most importantly remove damaging toxins and free radicals from our bodies.  When toxins are removed, blood circulation improves, skin looks healthier, and cholesterol levels are regulated. Faster metabolism can also assist with weight loss, alongside exercise and other dietary changes.  Improved circulation and cholesterol can also contribute to a healthy heart and improved healing processes.  According to health-report.co.uk, acai berries also contain B vitamins and are extremely high in fiber, protein and potassium.

Although a lot of the health claims for acai berry are still being researched it is clear that there is a positive impact on health and well-being.  Obviously the berries would lose health properties if transported to the UK in their original form however when converted to powder or pulp and made into products such as smoothies the original health benefits can be preserved.  I recently had the opportunity to sample acai berry smoothie

from NU3 online health store and would highly recommend you gave it a go!  It’s more cost effective than a trip to Brazil!

Acai berry

Acai berry

 

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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