Açaí (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is one of those intriguing ingredients that everyone seems to love these days. You hear about celebrities and health experts using it, and you might even see it added to food and drinks at your local grocery store. (Açaí dark chocolate anyone?)
But what exactly is Açaí, and why is it one of today’s hottest ingredients? At Teadora, we’ve long loved Açaí as a nutritional powerhouse that is good for both your skin and your internal health. And because it grows incredibly well throughout the rainforests of Brazil, Açaí has the very important added benefit of being a highly sustainable ingredient.
Where does the magic that is Açaí come from? Açaí palms are beautiful ornamental trees that flourish on Amazonian river banks. Their bright red flowers stand out in the dense green jungle, and the palms themselves can be 80 or more feet high.
In Brazil, locals often climb the Açaí palms—very carefully—to extract the delicious "heart of palm," a vegetable that’s very rich in iron. They also harvest the tree’s fruit, which grows in thick clusters, and use it to make juice, wine and even dietary supplements. Locals extract the juice from the fruit by soaking it water, then pressing and sieving them repeatedly—a lot like how wine is traditionally made.
The Açaí berry has been a food source for people living in the forests of Brazil for centuries, and it’s now becoming popular around the world, especially as people look for new ways to eat healthy. The fruit has amazing nutritional composition, and some studies hint that Açaí is one of the most nutritious fruits in the world. In fact, many experts agree that Açaí berries have even greater health benefits than cranberries, blackberries and blueberries.
I can tell you from experience: Açaí berries are absolutely delicious. The reddish-purple fruit is tart and tastes a bit like dark chocolate, and it’s loaded with antioxidants. If not the King of Superfruits, it is definitely part of the royal family. That’s why over the last several years, Açaí has become a popular health food, with people claiming the fruit can provide energy, heal ailments and even rev your metabolism. We do know that Açaí can do wonders for your skin.
The name Açaí comes from a native word that means “fruit that cries.” That’s because Açaí fruit is rich with moisture—which is part of the reason it’s become so popular in skin care. Açaí also is a natural source of vitamins, especially vitamin C, which helps to regenerate skin. Oil that is extracted from the fruit also contains essential fatty acids, phytosterols (natural plant cells) and minerals. These powerful benefits work together to regenerate skin cells, enhance hydration for smoother, healthier skin, and minimize fine lines and wrinkles.
That’s why Açaí can be so effective in cosmetics products such as:
- Anti-aging creams
- After-sun products
- Body lotions and creams
- Facial creams
- Body butters
- Facial masks
Açaí is also is also a great ingredient for haircare products, especially in shampoos and conditioners that help hydrate and add shine. Vitamin C and Omega fatty acids are especially good for your hair because they keep it strong and prevent split ends.
Since Açaí is both sustainable and rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, essential fatty acids and minerals, it’s one of the ingredients we call The Icons of the Rainforest at Teadora and one of the major staples to our elixirs. Ready to see how it can benefit you? Click here to shop Teadora Açaí products for lip, body and hair.
*For those of you with sensitive skin, it is important to note that Teadora uses NO synthetic fragrances. Teadora also uses only organic Açaí oil sustainably harvested under the strictest guidelines to ensure the highest quality, conservation progress, and local community economic development.