Benefits of Acai

Acai products supposedly offer several health benefits. These juice blends or supplements are commonly used for promoting weight loss; enhancing general health; and treating or preventing osteoarthritis, cancer, and diabetes. Despite the widespread hype about acai benefits, there is actually little scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of these products.

What Are the Claimed Health Benefits of Acai?

Acai products, such as juice blends or supplements, have become immensely popular, in large part to a few celebrity endorsements as well as clever marketing methods. Although it seems that acai is claimed to be beneficial for just about anything, there are a few particular uses that seem to be more commonly suggested, including:
  • Treating or preventing the following medical conditions:
  • Promoting weight loss (see Acai Berry Diet)
  • Enhancing general health
  • Promoting youthfulness.
Despite the widespread hype, there is little scientific evidence to suggest that acai products really provide such benefits 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 (see Acai Berry Research for more information). There is little evidence to suggest that acai is more beneficial than other fruits with high antioxidant content, such as pomegranate or blueberries.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not allow manufacturers of acai products to state that acai can diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, as is the case with almost all foods or supplements; however, a quick search on the Internet reveals many such claims.
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