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The Whole Truth about Acai Berry

Submitted by on July 26, 2010 – 12:05 amNo Comment

Acai Berry is being dubbed the ‘super-food’ that could aid in weight reduction, prolong existence, cure cardiovascular ailment and an array of other conditions. Here are the real facts regarding this fruit reaped from the Acai palm that grows luxuriantly in Central and S. America.

In spite of what the net advertisements proclaim about Acai Berry’s benefits,

  • Acai berry is not a fat-melter.
  • Acai berry does not bring about instant slimming.
  • Acai berry does not bring about burning, trimming, tightening or firming.
  • Acai berry is not an appetite-suppressant.
  • Acai berry is not a medicine for all diseases or an elixir.
  • Acai berry would not give a man a bigger penile organ, stiffer erections or greater stamina.

In N. America, acai has been widely employed in fruit extract mixes and nutrient supplement types. The maximum potency of this fruit could be obtained when consumed in freeze-dried form derived from its skin and core. Initial studies regarding this fruit have shown potential, especially about its antioxidant traits.

Acai berry has been found to:

  • Be rich in several B vitamins, vitamins C, E.
  • Has elevated levels of the free radical foraging anthocyanins.
  • Yield peak ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) worth unmatched in all the other fruits.
  • High in antioxidants, flavonoids and has vital amino acids necessary for protein synthesis.
  • It has inflammation combating properties and inhibits COX-1 and 2 accountable for causing severe and incessant irritation, swelling and soreness.
  • Stimulates macrophage, WBC (white blood cell) production which is critical to the immune system.
  • An effectual cancer combatant supplement since it activates the enzyme caspase-3 playing a critical role in cell death or apoptosis.
  • An ideal source of fiber, heart-healthy fats and antioxidants.

Scenarios when Acai Berry Could Pose Danger to Health

  • A person could develop allergic reaction in case one has a pollen allergy or sensitiveness to the acai palm. People who are allergic to pollens or fruit should be wary in case they opt for acai berry product types inclusive of supplement. Hence, it is always a prudent practice to do an allergy test or tasting a miniscule quantity of the products prior to consuming larger portions or including acai into one’s diet.
  • The highest risk linked to acai berry supplements are actually the add-on constituents, caffeine being the most prevalent one. Caffeine could be causal to headache, tummy ache and several side-effects. It is included in several dietetic weight reduction supplements for suppressing appetite and speeding metabolism though often absent in product labelling.
  • Due to the multiple minerals present in Acai, it is likely to have an over-dosage in case one is consuming surplus amounts of several of such substances. Toxicity is a threat among those unaware of the levels of included mineral and supplement forms in every product. The safest way is eating acai berries moderately and being sentient about the constituents present in the products and study the varied forms of acai supplements obtainable in markets.
  • Majority of the fruit forms, such as berries are a rich source of antioxidants however are additionally high in calories and sugars (particularly in juice version). Hence, people with diabetes or those at an elevated risk of developing diabetes must be wary when they are arriving at a decision on adding any acai berry product or supplement in their dietetic intake.
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