The Acai Berry is a black-purple drupe fruit of a palm tree species in the genus
Euterpe and grown and harvested for their fruits and palm buds. It looks like a grape
and grows in branched panicles of up to 900 berry fruits per palm tree. The berries
are currently harvested in the Amazon regions of Brazil where the people in the northern
state of Para Brazil as well as southern regions have traditionally served the Acai
berries as a beverage or desert ingredient.
Recently, healthcare companies have been marketing food supplements, diet tablets,
smoothies and instant juice powders containing the Acai Berry extracts with claims
of boosting stamina and sexual drive, enhanced digestion as well as reduce cholesterol
In 2008, Bloomberg reported that uncontrolled harvesting of the fruit as a result
of its increasing popularity in the US has depleted much of the Brazilian people’s
protein-rich diet from natural acai berries.
How Acai Berry Work For Weight Loss?
The Acai berry plant analyzed in vitro has revealed its polyphenolic and antioxidant
properties to be lower than those in many fruits like mango, grapes and strawberries
that figured in the comparative study. It’s about the same as in cranberry and black
cherry and higher than orange and apple. Freeze dried Acai berries had the best anti-oxidative
properties as well has inhibitory effects on certain enzyme – properties which reduce
blood level of non-high density cholesterol in lab rats taking high fat diet.
However, as a weight loss supplement, anti-oxidants have not been shown to promote
weight reduction, and acai berry’s properties hardly contribute to the effort as
no lab tests indicated any promise in that direction, other than incrementally reducing
Is Acai Berry Safe?
Without the benefit of extensive clinical trials on human subjects, neither the efficacies
of its claimed health and weight loss promises nor any unwanted side effects can
be ascertained. If naturally extracted and freeze dried, acai berry food supplements
should be as safe as consuming the plant fruit itself which native Brazilians have
been doing for years without no recorded ill-effects.
But still, consulting with your doctor is remains a prudent course before taking
any over-the-counter drug or supplement, especially if you are pregnant or nursing,
have any diabetic, hypertensive or heart condition, have a history of allergic reaction
to both natural and artificial substances, or are taking any medication that could