Acai Berries and Acai Berry Juice
Have you heard about the acai berry? Of course you have. It’s all the rave and supposedly has some amazing health benefits including weight loss and anti-aging, but do scientific studies support these claims of acai benefits? Anyone that knows me, knows that I HAD to do my due diligence folks and so here you have it. Read on to find out what all the hype is about.
Ok, so what is the acai berry? The acai berry is a reddish, purple fruit. It comes from the acai palm tree, which is found in Central and South America. Research done on the berry has mainly focused on its possible antioxidant activity and that it may help prevent diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
Is it good for us? Acai contains anthocyanins and flavonoids. Anthocyanins and flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that help defend the body against life’s stressors. They also play a role in the body’s cell protection system. Studies show that getting your antioxidant on may slow down aging and interfere with the disease process by neutralizing free radicals.
What are the KNOWN health benefits of this “super” berry? Some studies show that acai fruit pulp has a higher antioxidant capacity than cranberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, or blueberry. Studies are ongoing. So far, acai berries have no known health benefit that’s any different than that of other similar fruits. So the jury is still out.
What about acai berries and weight loss? Good question! Research is still being done and scientists are learning more about the functional power of superfoods, such as the acai berry. Even though there are weight loss products out there hyping the fruit’s weight loss powers, few studies have tested the benefit of acai in promoting weight loss. So in the meantime there is plenty of research supports eating a diet rich in antioxidants.
Ok, so what about acai berries being used in beauty products? I have notice that some cosmetics and beauty products have acai oil in the ingredient list and it’s because acai oil is a powerhouse of antioxidants. Studies show that acai oil may be a safe alternative to other tropical oils used in beauty products such as anti-aging skin therapies, shampoos and conditioners and facial and body creams and lotions. And, like coconut oil, acai oil has great shelf life! When acai oil is processed and stored long-term, the antioxidant levels remain high.
What about side effects? If you have pollen allergies or have a known hypersensitivity to acai or similar berries, you may want to avoid this fruit. Too much of anything isn’t good so if consumed in moderate amounts, though, acai is likely safe.
Well there you have it. I personally have not tried this “super food” because I’m not big on berries, but if anyone out there wants to try it and let us know how it works out for you, I will be more than happy to run a story about it! That’s it for now!