is a berry fruit with potent antioxidant benefits. Many
studies have firmly established that taking berry fruits has a
positive and profound impact on our health, performance, and disease
Consider adding açaí berries to your
regular dietary intake of pomegranate,
blueberry and other berry fruits to maximize your long-term health and
may want to try it to treat your arthritis problem but beware of scam
and incredible inflated claims that it will cure it. It may work well
for you. At least if it works a little, you might be able to lower your
dose of your current anti-inflammatory medication. This would be great
because anti-inflammatory drugs, with long-term use, have a
danger of hurting the stomach. Remember to discuss this with your
doctor to let
him or her know what you are planning to do.
Buy from online retailer or wholesaler that you
trust so that you know
exactly what you are getting. Where you get açaí is as
which manufacturer made it.
Having said that, some websites
are offering free trial bottles of açaí.
Be aware of their policy so that you can avoid scams. We have heard of
complaints of recurring credit card charges and non-responsive customer
two brands that have been used in research studies that are
Active and OptiAcai.
benefits / General health
In one clinical
study, researchers showed that
drinking açaí juice increases the antioxidant
Antioxidants are proven to be beneficial to overall health.
recently published well-designed
study lasting 12 weeks showed that berry-derived anthocyanin brings
down the "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raises the "good" cholesterol
In laboratory settings at the University
of Florida, this dietary supplement slows down the growth of leukemia
researcher cautioned that although açaí berry fruits are a
source of antioxidants,
other berries such as grapes, guavas and
mangoes also have been shown to kill cancer cells as well.
laboratory settings, açaí mildly inhibited the COX-1 and COX-2
the same way as Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs (such as
Celebrex, Naprosyn and Aleve).
cure or prevention / Other health conditions
There are no studies either in animal or human experiments. Lab
test shows that this berry is able to stop the growth of
loss / Obesity
There are no studies either in animal or human trials. Anecdotal
reports suggest that taking this berry can lead to a significant weight
Facts about Acai
The health benefits made on the internet and
television shows as to what acai berry plant and juice can cure far
any research studies we could find.
we do know that eating
berry fruits have a positive impact on overall health. (Don't you hate
it when your mother was right in suggesting eating more fruits and
consider açaí berry to be nature's most perfect food as it has one of
the highest Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) which
neutralizes the dangerous free radicals that damages healthy cells.
ORAC measures the power of the antioxidant capacities of various food
believe that aging, atherosclerosis, heart disease plus many other
ailments are the direct and indirect results of free radical damage to
cells. It has been called "The Viagra of the Amazon."
do you pronounce acai?
the proper pronunciation for this
is are some other names?
It is also
referred to as Amazonian palm, cabbage palm, palm heart
Acai is a palm
tree that grows in Central and South America. The fruit
produced by the açaí palm tree is a red-purple fruit about an
The people of Amazon have been eating this traditional fruit or
drinking the açaí juice extract as part of their diet for hundreds of
years. The berries are a major part of their diet.
addition to containing calcium, iron, phosphorus, thiamine and vitamin
A, this fruit contains large amount of anthocyanins and flavonoids.
Experts believe that the anthocyanins found in this fruit are what give
it the extreme antioxidant power.
The anthocyanins also give the fruit the
are the health benefits of acai berry juice?
studies show that this fruit has very potent antioxidant properties.
one study, açaí pulp showed greater antioxidant power than
cranberry, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry or blueberry. In another
average as a group, açaí
juice antioxidant power is about the same as black cherry and cranberry
juice. See table below for a quick summary. Pomegranate juice shows the
highest antioxidant potency and apple juice, orange juice and iced tea
shows the lowest of the group.
This points out that the way the
berry is prepared may lead to different antioxidant potency. There
are a lot of differences in açaí content
between manufacturers so buy with caution. In the study below,
amount of açaí found in the studied juice was not determined.
Juice (Averaged of different brands)
juice/orange juice/ice tea
this is an average. The juices used in this study did not specify
exactly how much açaí was in them. Interpret the results with caution.
Does acai help
with arthritis such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?
shown to block the cyclooxygenase
enzyme COX-1 and COX-2 in much the
same ways as anti-inflammatory drugs do to help with arthritis pain.
This results was from studies in test tubes only.
acai help with different types of cancer?
laboratory research, acai was shown to slow down experimental leukemia
This claim cannot be supported at the moment. At
the least, we need some studies in rats or other animals first. We
even have that. We can say with confidence that fruits with powerful
effects can "contribute to the prevention of biological damages."
there any studies done in animals or humans?
answer is yes. Almost all studies were conducted in a lab
and on tissues by
scientist wearing white lab coats. One study done in healthy volunteers
showed that drinking açaí juice resulted in an increase in
blood antioxidant capacity by up to 3 times in less than 2
This proves that we can absorb all the beneficial antioxidants
found in the juice formulation.
people of Amazon used it for hundreds of years. When did it become
popular in North America?
for the sudden increase in popularity of this fruit goes to Dr.
Perricone who promoted it as one of the ten "Superfood" on the Oprah
Winfrey television show. It is featured in other TV programs along with
lots of testimonials from users of açaí claiming that it promotes
weight loss and cancer killing ability.
Suggested Benefits and
Side Effects, Toxicity
- As this supplement is a berry fruit, side effects are not expected
than what would be expected from eating other fruits like strawberry,
However, taking concentrated açaí berry in large
quantities in a powder or a pill form may results in excessive amount
stomach aches and diarrhea.
- It is believed to be safe when taken in quantities normally found in
a typical Amazonian diet.
and Lactation -
No information is available. Avoid using in quantities larger than what
would be found in a typical diet containing berry fruits.
Common Drug &
Health Condition Interactions
Drugs - theoretical
shown to block the COX-1 and
COX-2 enzymes similar to what Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs
do. Combining açaí with these drugs may result in an increased
you may need to lower your dose of your prescription anti-inflammatory
medication. Let your doctor know that you are taking açaí.
Dosage & How
to Take It
supplement comes in tablets, capsules, juice, smoothie,
powder and whole fruit.
Doses and How to Use It
There is no typical dose. We suggest starting with açaí
extract of 500 mg taken once to three times daily.
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