Health Benefits of Acai Berry

The health benefits of taking acai berry have been promoted lately on the internet and some talk shows. Is it hype and marketing or does acai berry have health benefits that makes it worth taking? Does it really help with weight loss?

This berry fruit has been used by the natives living in Amazon for centuries to promote heart health and to reduce various diseases.

Claims of health benefits

You will find many claims as to what acai berry can treat. Here is a partial list of the popular claims.

  • reduces inflammation (anti-inflammatory effects)
  • antioxidant
  • cancer cure and prevention
  • prevention of heart disease
  • lowers high cholesterol
  • support the immune system
  • promotes digestive function
  • enhances energy levels
  • weight loss

Human studies

Human studies have shown that acai possesses potent antioxidant activities, useful in preventing oxidative damage caused by cell metabolism. It also lowers high cholesterol in volunteers given this berry fruit.

Animal and lab studies

Animal and lab studies show that acai can stop the growth of leukemia cells). It also has anti-inflammatory effects, useful for treating osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and many other inflammatory conditions.

Weight loss and cancer treatment claims?
Unfortunately, despite claims that taking acai berry can cause weight loss, there's not evidence that this is the case. What about using acai to cure or treat cancer? There are no studies done in humans to support this claim.

Bottom line

Acai is but only one of many berry fruits. It is known that berry fruits (such as elderberry, pomegranate, noni and raspberry) are packed with chemicals that are great for promoting general wellness. Expect more research being done on acai berry. In time, more and more evidence will come out from scientific studies to give proof of the health benefits of acai berry!

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Created: January 6, 2010