It was a sweltering December evening in Fortaleza, Brazil, when I was first introduced to the magical taste of Acai. On a whim, I had decided to visit my son and his wife in Brazil, where they were kiteboarding and spending time with their Brazilian friends.
One of the things I love about my kids is that they always “live like locals” when they travel. They almost never stay in fancy hotels and I always enjoy meeting their friends and sampling the local culture and cuisine.
So, this particular afternoon, I found myself sitting in a tiny little café, in a hidden town somewhere outside of Fortaleza. As we sat in our little white plastic chairs watching the world pass by, one of my son’s friends asked me if I wanted to try acai. I’m always one for trying new things, so, I responded with an enthusiastic, “Sure! Why not?”
A few minutes later, a woman in her 60s or 70s came out of the café, carrying a huge tub of what looked like purple ice-cream. It was covered in bananas, cream and other delicious toppings. Yummy!
As I took my first bite, I remember thinking that acai was different than anything that I had ever tasted. It was tart, slightly sweet and a little chocolaty. I loved it! It was exactly what I needed to cool off.
It was only when I returned to Switzerland, several weeks later, that I learned about the health benefits of acai extract.
For a couple of weeks after my arrival home, I didn’t think about acai. Then, one afternoon, I found myself craving a bowl of the magical purple desert.
Unfortunately, as in most countries around the world, acai is almost impossible to find where I live. So, I started to search online to see if I could get some delivered to my house.
I didn’t have any luck finding genuine frozen acai. What I did find were tons of articles talking about the benefits of acai extract, especially for older adults.
You see, acai has powerful antioxidant properties, which may help to reduce cell damage related to the usual aging process. In addition, acai is packed with fatty acids, iron, protein, calcium, vitamins and much more.
It’s really no wonder that acai is considered to be a superfood!
If you’re interested in trying acai extract for yourself, you might want to check out this option by Nature’s Bounty. This is an affiliate link, so, if you purchase, I get a small payment. But, rest assured, I only recommend products that I believe in.
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