Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) berry is a small, blackish-purple-coloured berry native to Central and South America, obtained from the acai palm tree. It is particularly found in Brazil where they grow in the Amazonian rainforests.
In case you have never seen the fruit, it is roughly an inch long and resemble blueberries and cranberries in appearance. Its taste has been described as a mix of refreshing berry and rich dark chocolate (Yummm!) making it popular (but expensive) choice for smoothies. Nonetheless, an acai berry smoothie is a blast!
The acai palm tree is a tall, slender palm that can grow to more than 25 metres in height. That is actually taller than a 7 stories building!! Imagine that!!
Acai berry has been called a superfood due to its high anti-oxidant content that can prevent many diseases, heart healthy fats, high fibre content and rich Vitamin and mineral profile.
In fact, the acai berry has been revered by indigenous Amazon tribes like Caboclo due to its ability to strengthen the immune system, fight infections, protect the heart and have been used as source of energy for centuries.
While much has been written about the benefits of acai berry for overall health, this article is mainly about the benefits of acai berry as an anti-aging powerhouse and benefits of acai berry for skin.
While eating the fruit or turning it into a healthy smoothie helps you stay fit, applying products that contain the berry, acts as a powerful anti-aging agent, helping safeguard the skin against environmental aggressors and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
What makes Acai berry a superfood for your skin?
Acai berry benefits for skin are plenty as it is rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals that keeps your skin healthy, radiant and glowing. It is said that Acai berry contains 10 times more anti-oxidant than red grapes and 10 to 30 times the amount of anthocyanins than is found in red wine, making it a potent agent to combat premature skin aging.
The specific constituents which make it a blessing for your skin include:
Plant Antioxidants like anthocyanins and polyphenols that protect against free radical damage
Phytosterols that help keep your skin barrier intact and healthy
Fatty acids – Unsaturated fatty acids Omega 3, Omega 6, Omega 9 and saturated fatty acids like palmitic and oleic acid which are integral for maintaining optimal functioning of the skin barrier
Vitamin A, C and E which act as anti-aging agents and boost production of collagen
Minerals like Calcium, magnesium, copper, manganese and zinc that helps in maintaining healthy skin
Vitamin K which helps prevent formation of wrinkles
Vitamin B1, B2 and B6 which are important vitamins for healthy skin
Protects from free radical damage
Rich in anthocyanins like cyanidin, delphinidin, malvidin, pelargonidin, and peonidin, and phenolics such as catechin, ferulic acid, resveratrol and quercetin, Acai berry is powerful scavenger of free radicals.
Free radicals are atoms or group of atoms with unpaired electrons that react with important cellular components like the DNA and the cell membrane which leads to dysfunctional or dead cells.
The free radicals cause damage to collagen, which in turn, speeds up the aging process by accelerating the formation of wrinkles.
Plant antioxidants like anthocyanins and phenolics neutralize these harmful free radicals and help repair damaged cells and promote growth of healthier cells. By first slowing the rate of free radical damage and then counteracting its effect, Acai berry helps prevent early signs of aging.
According to researchers, when it comes to natural foods that can neutralize the harmful effects of oxidants on the skin, açai berries score really high.
Here are a few important benefits of Acai berry for skin that is showing signs of damage and aging.
- Helps maintain integrity of the Skin Barrier
The primary function of the skin is to protect the body from harmful external influences in the environment such as UV rays, infections, toxic chemicals, microscopic particulate matters etc. and to prevent the loss of water.
This function of the skin is especially important nowadays as the level of environmental pollutants has increased drastically.
The stratum corneum, the outermost layer of the skin, is the main protective layer of the skin and is composed of flat cells called corneocytes surrounded by a lipid (fat) matrix. The lipid matrix is primarily composed of ceramides, cholesterol and free fatty acids. And the all-important barrier function is a result of the lipid content of the stratum corneum.
Applying cholesterol directly to the skin can lead to inflammation and acne but phytosterols such as those found in Acai berry are well-tolerated by the skin and since they mimic the action of cholesterol, they help keep the skin barrier healthy.
In addition to phytosterols, the high fatty acid content of Acai berry also helps maintain integrity of the skin barrier.
- Helps boost Skin Hydration and keeps skin supple
A healthy skin barrier reduces the loss of water from skin and thereby boost epidermal moisture retention resulting in skin that looks hydrated and dewy.
Acai berry also contains a good amount of Vitamin E which helps in moisturizing the skin. It increases the hydration of the stratum corneum, and thus, perks up the ability of the skin to hold on to water.
The rich fatty acid content of Acai berry makes it wonderful ingredient that helps keep supple and smooth.
- Helps Prevent Wrinkles and Reduce Stretch Marks, Scars and Dark Spots
Elastin is a protein found in connective tissue and it is responsible for allowing tissues (including skin) to snap back to their original shape after stretching or contracting.
Elastin helps keep skin soft and supple. Young skin contains a lot of it and that is the reason why they don’t get wrinkles.
But with age, the amount of elastin decreases, and, minerals like calcium can get deposited on it. When calcium is deposited in elastin, it becomes hard and inelastic resulting in the formation of wrinkles.
Acai Berry contains a good amount of Vitamin K. Vitamin K helps prevent the deposition of calcium in elastin, and thus helps keep skin soft and supple.
Vitamin K is also essential for various processes involved in wound healing and thus, also helps reduce stretch marks, scars and dark spots.
- Increase Collagen Production
As we age, the amount of collagen, the protein that gives structure and strength to your skin, decreases drastically.
Acai berry is rich in Vitamins A, C and E. All these vitamins play a vital role in the production of collagen. Having less collagen results in skin that ages faster than normal and using products containing this potent combination of vitamins can do wonders for your skin.
In addition to these vitamins, the high phytosterol content in Acai berry plays a role in increasing collagen in the skin. Research shows that topical application of phytosterols reduces the slowdown of collagen production and actually increased new collagen formation.
- Provides protection from damaging UV rays
Acai berry protects the skin from the damage induced by exposure to the UV rays of the sun. For photoprotection, nothing works better than the combination of vitamin C and vitamin E. Since Acai berry contains both these vitamins, it works as a potent agent to prevent UV damage.
- Helps maintain overall skin health
Vitamin B, and the minerals present in Acai berry help maintain optimum skin health. The B Vitamins present in Acai berry include B1, B2, and B6, play an important role in various cellular functions.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) acts as an anti-oxidant to remove toxins from the blood and helps improve blood circulation
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) is essential for the growth and development of various tissues of the body, including skin; it also acts as an antioxidant.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) is a member of the B-complex family of water-soluble vitamins. B6 is required for a wide range of functions including cellular metabolism and energy production and also helps maintain optimal levels of collagen in the skin.
Try the berry!
Açai berries have great skin care benefits, but if we had to rate them, then the biggest advantage of these fruits would be delaying the early signs of aging.
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