Açaí (pronounced ah-sigh-yee), is a nutrient and antioxidant rich superfruit harvested from the Amazon -- a single açaí berry has ten times as many antioxidants as a grape and twice as many as a blueberry. Açaí is well-known for its energy boosting capabilities, but has also been shown to improve mental function and display anti-aging effects. Eating açaí on a regular basis promotes heart, skin and digestive health, not to mention boosting your immune system.
Unlike many other products that are commercialized out of the Amazon, açaí is one of the few that encourages sustainable production methods and directly benefits its farmers. The reason behind this is that açaí is native to the Amazon, and those who farm and harvest it tend to be locals living alongside the river. The increase in açaí’s popularity due to its overwhelming health benefits has drawn interest far and wide, providing a source of income for local communities and encouraging the preservation of its trees.