Does Acai Berry Work?

Acai berry juices and other products have become immensely popular and are claimed to be useful as a "superfood" for treating or preventing almost any medical condition and for enhancing general health. However, does acai berry work?
Numerous "test tube" studies demonstrate that acai berry has potent antioxidant activity. Many people and companies use this research as evidence of the health benefits of acai berry, but test tube studies do not always reflect what happens in humans. Little research on acai berries has been done in humans. Most of the published studies were quite small and were designed only to examine whether juice or pulp can increase antioxidant activity in humans. They were not designed to see if acai berry actually works to treat or prevent disease.
Overall, there is little evidence to show that acai berries really work for many claimed uses. As is often the case with dietary supplements or "functional foods," some of the more outlandish claims about the health benefits of this product should be viewed with skepticism -- or, at the very least, with caution -- until more research is available.
(Click Acai Berry Research to learn more about the effectiveness of acai berries for various uses and to find out what studies have been performed.)
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