History of the Acai Berry
Acai Berry Juice History
Though the acai berry has existed for centuries, it didn’t catch the eye of the western world until the 1990s. Acai Berry Juice and fruit has been used for generations and generations among various tribes, especially around Brazil, for its medicinal purposes.
With the Amazon being the largest rainforest in the world and the acai being grown for the most part in this area, it is easily grown and harvested. Though it is among thousands of different fruits and plants found it the Amazon, it is one of the more prized fruits with its recent discovery of being a great antioxidant and numerous other benefits.
Many tribes throughout and around the Amazon have used the acai berry for both medicinal and sustenance purposes. One of the more prominent tribes, the Shuar, have been using the berry for centuries and are known for their traditions of using the berry for medicine. Shuar tribes have a healer or medicine man known as “uwishin” who have a great deal of knowledge about the forest and its secrets. They have learned the different purposes of the plants in the rainforest through experimentation and learning from each other. They’ve even discovered a plant that can remove snake venom from the body.
When the acai berry was discovered, tribes throughout the Amazon tested its properties and found out those which are most powerful in today’s society such as lowering bad cholesterol, fighting infection, controlling prostate and even promoting a healthy heart. Not only this, but they also revealed that the berry increased energy and even fought off certain diseases that were plaguing Brazilians such as Staphylococcus and Schistosomosis, a disease transmitted by snails.
How did a berry so secluded and very little-known become so famous? It started when sufers along the Brazilian beaches started adding it to drinks and smoothies to help boost their energy when surfing. It quickly became a trend and word began to spread. Researchers and scientist heard of its energy boosting properties and immediately began experimentation. From then on, they realized the true potential of the acai berry. With many antioxidants, vitamins and soon-to-be-discovered cancer fighting characteristics, the acai berry became more sought-after by not only the populous, but also other scientists across the world.
Once word started to spread, companies requested to start using it in products such as bars and health snacks due to not only it’s energy-boosting property, but also the fact that it contained many vitamins and minerals. Not only that, but even used the berry in restaurant dishes as well as drinks and smoothies, just as the Brazilians did. Not only this, but more recently the acai berry has been capsulated and sold as a diet supplement in drug stores and pharmacies all across the world. Its complete potential may not have been yet discovered, as the acai berry is a relatively new discovery. You can be sure that in the future, it could cause significant changes in the way people think and eat, promoting a healthier society and possibly new, natural treatments to fight off cancer and other diseases.
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