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. So what are the benefits of taking acai?
The product is claimed to be beneficial for treating or preventing numerous medical conditions, such as osteoporosis, high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Other claimed health benefits include:
- 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. The berry is a rich source of antioxidants. There is also 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 the product works for arthritis or other inflammatory conditions.
Despite the widespread hype, however, 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 these studies do not always reflect how a substance will affect humans.
(Click Benefits of Acai for more information about the possible health benefits of acai berry and to find out if this product is equally beneficial for children.)