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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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Carotenoids and anthocyanins are among the main components of the acai fruit [2-4].
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., 2004; Gallori, Bilia, Bergonzi, Barbosa, & Vincieri, 2004; Coisson, Travaglia, Piana, Capasso, & Arlorio, 2005).
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].
After harvesting, cocoa and acai fruit were transported to the Pilot Factory of IFBaiano, Campus Urucuca, where they were selected to make the plot more uniform as the maturation stage and eliminate those fruit with mechanical injury or decay.
The Hangover Recovery Shot is reportedly made with natural ingredients like taurine, kudzu, green tea leaf and acai fruit extracts, goji berry concentrate, niacin, vitamins B6 and B12, and a small amount of caffeine, providing the vital nutritional punch needed to overcome the day-after side effects of alcohol consumption.
Other ingredients include acai fruit, green tea extract, white tea extract, resveratrol, cinnamon bark extract, cayenne pepper, niacin, L-carnitine and conjugated linoleic acid.
Acai fruit is similar in shape to a grape and about the size of a large blueberry.
In particular we will see a growth of the super-fruits: cranberry, pomegranate and acai fruit.
Acai fruit, also referred to as the 'Ultimate Super-Food' or 'Brazilian Berry', comes from the rich Brazilian rainforest.
Ingredients include lychee berry extract, acai fruit, various tea extracts and resveratrol, a plant-based substance that combines additional anti-oxidant strength with anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and weight-loss properties.