Acai berry has previously been touted as having incredible healing properties and being the go-to superfood for those wanting to boost their health. The Acai looks like a miniature grape and has a taste like a cross between a berry and chocolate – which can only add to its appeal. Similarly, there are some side effects claims for acai berry.
Acai berry derives from Brazil and is the deep purple colored fruit that is grown on the palm berry tree. You will note that purchasing this berry is very expensive as the majority of the fruit is, in fact, seed and only around 5% of the fruit’s flesh can be used.
What Is Known about Acai Berries?
- They are packed with antioxidants which can help flush the system of toxins.
- Acai berry is packed with vitamins which can help boost energy levels.
- The vitamins contained within the berries can also help support immune health, in particular, vitamins A and C.
- Acai is high in fiber which is great for digestion.
- The berries are packed with essential fatty acids and Omega 3, 6 and 9.
- Acai contains a high amount of plant sterols which can aid circulation and help keep your heart healthy.
Acai Berry – Myths and Facts
1. Helps to Reduce Weight
Myth: Acai berries can aid weight loss.
Fact: It is true that this berry has mostly been marketed with those looking to shed a few pounds as the target audience, however, is there really a miracle cure to weight loss?
What is known that this berry, like most fruits, is that they are high in antioxidants which helps boost the system and remove toxins, as well as being high in fiber which can help regulate bowel movements?
Sadly, there is no quick fix to losing weight and unlike with drugs companies, supplements and food types are not as heavily-regulated when it comes to manufacturers over-promising benefits or even bending the truth!
2. It is Safe to Consume
Myth: Acai berries are natural and therefore very safe to consume.
Fact: Due to the popularity of this little berry many companies have jumped on the bandwagon to try and produce their own product containing Acai. So, you will find it in varying forms such as freeze-dried, juices, frozen berries, powders, and pills.
There have been reports of side-effects to these acai berry products, but these are believed to be from the additional ingredients used within the processing of the fruit or supplement. For example, diet pills often contain caffeine thought to boost the metabolism or the system and high doses of caffeine can cause a problem for those with heart ailments.
Similarly, tablets can also be bulked out with sugar which may be an issue for those with blood-glucose problems.
Side Effects and Warnings of Acai Berry
- Despite the berry being natural and allegedly very healthy – side effects like allergies to it still exist! So, if you are sensitive to some food groups (especially strawberries) then be aware!
- People with liver problems or jaundice should avoid Acai at all costs as the berries contain high levels of D-aspartate.
- There has been some concern surrounding the consumption of Acai for pregnant or breastfeeding women and it is recommended that it be avoided during such times.
- Due to the large amounts of antioxidants in the berry, it is thought to interfere with chemotherapy treatments as a side effect.
- If you are buying Acai berry in a drinks form, then be aware of the possible hidden sugars lurking in the bottle.
This mystical fruit has been labeled as being a superfood, but the facts are that there is no proof attached to this and it could be argued that this was simply a marketing ploy. That’s not to say that the acai berry doesn’t pack a healthy punch – but those benefits are generally on the same scale as what other berries can deliver.