What Is Acai?

Acai berry products have become popular, in large part due to a few celebrity endorsements as well as clever marketing methods. But what is acai?
 
The acai palm is a tree native to Central and South America. The 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 might work for arthritis or other inflammatory conditions.
 
Acai is claimed to provide numerous different health benefits. It is most commonly used for the following:
 
  • Treating or preventing the following medical conditions:
 
 
  • Promoting weight loss
  • Enhancing general health
  • Promoting youthfulness.
     
(Click Acai Berry for more information about various acai uses, to find out if this product is indeed effective, and to learn about the warnings and precautions associated with acai products.)
 
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