Go into any vitamin store and the number of pre- and post-workout supplements available is overwhelming. You might go straight for the protein powder and vitamin packs, but could be missing out on a truly effective supplement: acai. Acai is grown in Brazil and has some incredible health benefits due to its rich nutritional profile—it's high in antioxidants and essential fatty acids. It's been praised for its skin and overall health benefits, but here's why you should consider it as a post-workout supplement.
"Acai is very high in natural antioxidants (ten times higher than blueberries, three times higher than goji berries) that help promote recovery after exercise," says Ekaterina Igumentseva of Organic Burst, a superfood company. "In fact, it contains both fat-soluble antioxidants (vitamin E) and water-soluble antioxidants (polyphenols) that work synergistically together to offer optimal antioxidant protection. And as they're naturally occurring antioxidants (acai is a fruit as opposed to synthetically created antioxidants in the lab), they're fully absorbed by the body."