Acai Berry Supplements
The acai palm is a tree native to Central and South America. Acai berries (and the juice from the berries) are high in antioxidants and have become a popular ingredient in a variety of health drinks, foods, and supplements. Acai berry supplements are claimed to provide numerous health benefits, including:
- Treating or preventing the following medical conditions:
- Promoting weight loss
- Enhancing general health
- Promoting youthfulness.
The acai berry contains a variety of different substances and compounds, such as proteins, lipids, vitamins, minerals and nutrients, anthrocyanins, and flavonoids. It is also a rich source of antioxidants. There is some evidence that acai berry may inhibit cyclooxygenase (COX-1 and COX-2) enzymes, at least in "test tube" studies. Theoretically, this could be how acai berry supplements might work for arthritis or other inflammatory conditions.
Despite the widespread hype, however, there is little scientific evidence to suggest that acai products really work in humans. "Test tube" studies definitely suggest that acai shows significant promise, due to potent antioxidant activity, but test tube studies do not always reflect how a substance will affect humans.
(Click Acai Berry to learn about the other possible benefits of acai supplements, general safety warnings and precautions, and what you should be aware of before taking acai berries.)