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açaí

(ä'säē`), tree, Euterpe oleracea, of the family Arecaceae (palmpalm,
common name for members of the Palmae, a large family of chiefly tropical trees, shrubs, and vines. Most species are treelike, characterized by a crown of compound leaves, called fronds, terminating a tall, woody, unbranched stem.
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 family) and its fruit, grown chiefly in Pará state in the Amazon region of Brazil. The trees can grow to 60 ft (18 m). the small, round, dark purple fruits are typically 1-2 in. (1.3 cm) in diameter. Initially collected from the wild, açaí is now cultivated on plantations; the tree and other trees in the genus Euterpe are also grown for hearts of palm. The pulp of the açaí fruit, botanically a drupe, or stone fruit, is often sweetened and frozen. An important part of the local diet for centuries, it has since 2000 enjoyed growing popularity as a dietary supplement. Although studies have shown that the fruit is a source of antioxidants, claims about specific health benefits are unproven.
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The results described here indicate that the chemical matrix found in acai fruit could be a potential candidate for improving the function of mitochondrial complex I and subsequently improving neuropsychiatric BD symptoms [21-23].
Although highly appreciated in Brazil and even worldwide, the commercialization of the acai fruit is still limited since it is a highly perishable fruit and processing is essential to preserve its bioactive compounds (Del Pozo-Insfran et al.
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In this study, the antioxidant capacities of freeze-dried acai fruit pulp/skin powder (OptiAcai) were evaluated by different assays with various free radical sources.
The acai fruit contains beneficial levels of the essential fatty acids linoleic acid and linolenic acid.
Unfortunately, very little research has been done on the exotic acai fruit.
The acai fruit, for one, which grows only on palm trees in the Brazilian Amazon, has been used to treat fevers.
Although orange based juices still account for the majority of the market there popularity of exotic fruits in juices such as Brazilian acai fruit, goji berry and acerola cherry.
The second prototype combines acai fruit with soy, berry and other flavors.