According to a 2009 report, ‘Skin Conditions in the UK: A Health Care Needs Assessment’, by the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology at the University of Nottingham, some 54% of the UK population experience a skin condition in a given twelve month period. Indeed, skin complaints are the most common reason that people consult their GP with a new problem. And the study further reveals that, ‘the quality of life of people with skin diseases such as psoriasis, atopic eczema and acne can be significantly impaired’. Yet, despite the sales of ‘Over the Counter’ skin treatments increasing year on year, the situation is simply getting worse. That’s because most skin treatments only tackle the symptoms and not the underlying cause, which is often due to a mineral imbalance, toxins, oxidative stress or inflammation within the body. Ultimately, eating a healthy balanced diet supplemented with ‘skin-friendly’ superfoods such as Acai powder is the only way to achieve beautiful, radiant and problem-free skin.
What is Acai powder?
Acai powder is an organic extract made from the Acai berry – a purple, antioxidant rich superfruit that’s packed with amino acids, fibre, vitamin A, calcium and monounsaturated fatty acids. Acai berries grow on the açai tree (Euterpe Oleracea), a variety of palm tree native to central and South America where they form an important part of the traditional Amazonian diet. In addition to promoting healthy, young looking skin, Acai powder can help lower cholesterol levels, provide a welcome boost of energy, act as a powerful aid to detox and may even help with weight loss.
Why is Acai powder so good for my skin?
Acai powder is one of the most effective natural skin treatments on our planet that not only combats unpleasant skin conditions; it also actively prevents unwelcome fine lines and wrinkles. That’s because Acai powder boasts an extremely high ORAC score, higher even than blueberries and pomegranates. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (absorption of free radicals). The antioxidants in Acai powder render harmless the free radicals that arise from exposure to toxic food, radiation and pollution and are especially efficient at fighting superoxide, a free radical that can damage the collagen and elastin proteins that help keep our skin strong and healthy. Scientific research has also revealed that Acai powder helps to prevent skin inflammation, which can lead to both skin disease and wrinkles.
Enjoying Acai powder on a regular basis can help to:
- Combat those free radicals that cause particular damage to our skin
- Promote a healthy skin membrane for a beautiful glow
- Keep collagen and elastin strong and healthy
- Repair and prevent wrinkles, resulting in a youthful complexion
- Reduce inflammation and thwart skin disease
- Eliminate toxins that can antagonise existing skin conditions
How can I add Acai powder to my existing diet?
Due to the natural perishability of Acai berries, the fresh fruit is generally freeze dried and sold in a convenient powdered form. Acai powder can be stirred directly into your favourite smoothies, shakes, protein drinks and juices or used as an integral ingredient in delicious raw puddings and desserts.