History of Acai
The acai berry, just as with all foods, has a history of their own. The only
difference is however, acai berries come from a region of the world which has for thousands of years been
shrouded in mystery. These berries have played a significant role in the lives of those who have
lived in the Amazon rain forest over the centuries, and even to this day acai berries of
consumed by the indigenous populations, not only as a form of food, but also for health reasons.
Hundreds of years ago, the people who lived in the Amazon rainforest and the neighboring
regions would use the berries in order to treat a range of illnesses since the berries have outstanding medicinal
qualities. Of course, it wasn't only acai berries that the local populations used to treat ailments, but they
certainly played a crucial role. Interestingly enough, it wasn't until the
20th century that these "super berries" made it to our shores, but because the berries cannot be
stored for any length of time, most of us will never have the pleasure of eating fresh berries, unless one travels
to South America. Instead, we'll have to be satisfied with acai berry supplements,
but at least we can also nowadays benefit from this amazing fruit.
Without the help of modern day science, those age-old populations living in the Amazon
discovered that if they consumed enough of these berries, their immune systems became stronger,
thus giving them more chance to fend off illnesses. They also discovered that acai berries could be used to
fight infections, which in turn makes the berries a natural antibiotic. These were qualities that the people
of the rain forests simply couldn't afford to ignore, considering medical treatment was unheard of in those
times. As time progressed, man also discovered that acai berries strengthen the heart, and they can be used
successfully to treat a number of prostrate related problems.
Another interesting fact regarding the history of acai is concerned, is the role it
played in hunting. No, the berries were never used to trap animals, and neither were they used for making poison
tipped arrows, but the hunters did rely heavily on the berries for energy. Also,
certain substances within the flesh of the berries acts as an appetite suppressant, which means hunters could go
for long periods of time without a meal, and without having to be concerned about hunger during the
hunt. It's this specific quality that has nowadays resulted in so much interest within the
weight loss community.
One can only but wonder what people would have thought all those hundreds of years ago if
they had had any idea that one day the entire world would be rushing to get their hands on these small super
berries? One frequently reads that the latest studies suggest acai berries can do this, or they can be used for
that, but do we really need all these new studies? After all, ancient civilizations new about all these benefits
thousands of years ago already.