Inside Out Beauty - Acai Berry

FIFTY 7 KIND is a cosmetics brand built on the philosophy of the power of plants, to nourish, calm, and support the health of our skin - our ingredients are literally, good enough to eat! Here I take a look at the benefits to be had from both the topical application and consumption of Acai Berry.

We all know that berries are considered an important addition to our healthy diet (lifestyle) but why, what is it that they offer? The acai berry (Euterpe oleraceae) - also known as the Amazonian palm berry, is one of the most nutritious berries in existence. The berry is native to the Amazon rainforest, local folklore has for centuries known of its healing, energy-boosting and immune-stimulating properties.

WATCH // A short 4-minute video to find out more about the Acai Berry Harvest in the Amazon, and learn how this is supporting local communities. Using Organic farming principles, this is a sustainable harvest, the very core of Human & Kind Organics brand values. We only choose to formulate with ingredients from sustainable crops. (What a beautiful language to listen to :-) #knowyouringredients 

Why Consuming Acai Berries is good for your Health

The best way to answer this question is to read the research, here is a round up of the main benefits Acai Berries can offer both internally and externally (for your skin)

RESEARCH //

Substantial research has been carried out and discovered the health benefits of eating berries. Known for being a good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, and minerals, berries contain high levels of natural polyphenol components that act as potent antioxidants. Berry extracts, rich in polyphenols, have a range of biological effects that can be beneficial for human health:

CONTROL OF BLOOD GLUCOSE LEVELS 

Berry extracts inhibit starch digestive enzymes. Inhibition of α‐glucosidase is already an accepted means of controlling post‐meal glucose levels in people suffering from non‐insulin‐dependent diabetes. Different berry components are responsible for the inhibition of α‐glucosidase and α‐amylase, which suggests the potential of berries to help control blood glucose levels. Similar effects on lipid (fat) digestion have been documented. It is interesting to note these effects are unrelated to the antioxidant potential of the polyphenols.

CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH

Studies show berry extracts have cardioprotective effects. They are very effective inhibitors of low-density lipoprotein oxidation, a key step in the development of atherosclerosis (heart disease). They have beneficial effects on platelet aggregation (Platelets are a type of blood cell, they help form blood clots by sticking together). At low levels, they provide protection of nitric oxide levels in arterial systems. (Nitric oxideimproves oxygenation, reduces pulmonary arterial pressure, and increases cardiac output). Nitric oxide is crucial for the maintenance of flexible blood vessels and thereby important in controlling blood pressure.

Like red wine, acai berries are extremely high in anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant (Studies have shown that antioxidants can play a role in reducing the cell-damage of free radicals) that supports balanced cholesterol levels. They are also rich in plant sterols that provide cardioprotective benefits, including supporting circulation, improving overall blood composition, and relaxing the blood vessels.

HALTS BAD CELL PROLIFERATION

Acai berries are powerhouses against bad cell growth. Multiple studies have found that the anthocyanins and polyphenols (Polyphenol is a generic term for the several thousand plant-based molecules that have antioxidant properties.) found in acai berries have strong antiproliferative properties–which means they stop bad cells from growing out of control. Studies show up to 95% inhibition from acai. It is thought that these phytochemicals (phytochemicals are chemical compounds produced by plants) can disrupt cell mutation at a molecular level, killing the affected cells before they multiply. 

IMPROVES CELLULAR HEALTH 

Acai plays an important role in the body’s cellular protection system, helping to keep cells strong against the invasion of free radicals (Free radicals are atoms, ions, or molecules that contain an unpaired electron. The unpaired electron makes them unstable and highly reactive.) Acai has the strongest activity of any fruit or vegetable tested to date against the peroxyl free radical and superoxides, which cause cell damage. The antioxidants in acai enter human white blood cells and perform an “oxygen quenching function” at very low doses. 

SUPPORTS THE AGEING PROCESS

Extremely high in many forms of phytochemicals, acai berries may slow or reverse aging processes as they relate to oxidative damage. Acai berries are one of the best sources of antioxidants; acai berries have ten times as many antioxidants as grapes and twice as many as blueberries.

PROMOTES HEALTHY SKIN

Acai berries are rich in vitamins, minerals, and phenolic compounds, which are essential for moisturizing and revitalizing the skin. These phenolic compounds have also been shown to provide anti-aging properties as well as an ability to heal damaged skin cells. Along with Vitamins C, A, E, and B, acai berries contain amino acids, Amino acids are the building blocks of protein.

Topical Application

We have discovered the many health benefits to be had for eating Acia Berries either fresh dried or in powder form, but how can the topical application of Acai Berry Oil benefit the health of your skin?

RESEARCH // 

Acai Berry Oil is very rich in Antioxidants (responsible for a free radical absorbance capacity a measure of it's antioxidative power) namely phenols in particular Phenolic Acids:

  • Ferulic (101 mg/kg) 
  • P-hydroxybenzoic (PHA) (892 mg/kg)  
  • Protocatechuic (630 mg/kg) 
  • Syringic (1073 mg/kg) 
  • Vanillic (1616 mg/kg)  

Acai berry belongs to a group of unique oils due to its content of Palmitoleic acid. Considered to have skin regenerative properties thanks to the high content of phenols linoleic acid and phytosterols. Protecting the skin against free radical damage due to the high antioxidant activity. High in nutrients, emollience and moisturizing properties the oil is very helpful for aging skin. Nutrient-dense with amino acids, minerals, vitamins and Omega 6 helps with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

COMPOSITION OF ACAI BERRY OIL

 PERCENTAGE & COMMENTS

FATTY ACIDS
OLEIC ACID 

 52%

PALMITIC ACID

 25%

LINOLEIC ACID

 11%

PALMITOLEIC ACID

 5%

VACCENIC ACID

 5%

STEARIC ACID

 1%

PHYTOSTEROLS

3,020 MG/KG (β-Sitosterol: 2,410 MG/KG)

PHENOLS 

7,482 MG/KG

PHYTOCHEMICALS
Flavanols, Vitamins B1, B2, B3, E
Minerals // Calicum & Potassium
VITAMIN E a-tocopherol: 450 MG/KG
ANTIOXIDANTS 
Anthocyanins, phenols

 

CONCLUSION // 

Consuming Acai Berries is easy, you can purchase it in freeze dried powder, frozen berries and or frozen puree to add to your smoothie. Personally I add Acai Berry powder with frozen mixed organic berries and mix with slow cultured coconut yogurt (for the pro and pre-biotics) a delicious brunch. I have chosen to formulate using Certified Organic cold pressed virgin Acai Berry Oil, sourced directly from the Amazon, into our Hero product launching 2019. This is an antioxidant powerhouse of free radical fighters to protect your skin daily.

Until next time..

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