Acai berry juice has become a fad today with consumers of this miracle Amazonian fruit multiplying across the world at a rapid pace. Several celebrities too have joined the bandwagon of avowed fans of this seemingly wondrous fruit.

For the uninitiated, the Acai berry is a small round black purplish fruit similar to grape in appearance. The Acai berry fruit, which has a single large seed, is known to be a very important component of the Brazilian diet. People in the Amazon belt use acai berries as blends in various juices such as soda and smoothies. 100 grams of Acai berry extract contains 52,2g of carbohydrates, 8.1g of protein, 32.5g of fat and 44.2g of fiber.

Acai berries contain healthy fatty oils like oleic acid, palmitic acid and linoleic acid. It also has omega fat unlike saturated fats commonly found in fast foods. It contains amino acid, protein, vitamin A, B1 and E and electrolytes.

A whole list of benefits is attributed to the consumption of acai berries ranging from improving mental clarity to enhancing libido. However, the five reasons listed below makes the fruit a must have for every season and every country:

1) Detox: Acai berries are considered possessing the abilities to cleanse the body from the various effects of toxins that hamper the normal workings of our body systems.

2) Improved metabolism: Weight gain has a great bearing on the poor metabolism in the body. Slow metabolism leads to low energy levels and excessive fat deposition --a major factor contributing to obesity. The essential fatty acids, amino acids and phytosterols (a group of steroid alcohols) in acai berries help enhance metabolism through improved utilization of calories and reducing appetite.

3) Enhanced blood circulation: Ingredients in acai berries have a role in maintaining proper blood circulation in the body. Poor circulation of blood has also been found causing slow burning of calories and accumulation of fat in various regions of the body.

4) Antioxidants: Acai berries contain higher amounts of substances with antioxidant properties compared to several other food stuffs known for their increased antioxidant levels.

5) No harmful effects: Acai berry fruits are very safe and till date no side effects have been recorded that could discourage its consumption.