Weight Loss Home > Acai Berry

The acai berry contains a variety of different compounds, including proteins, vitamins, and nutrients. It is also a rich source of antioxidants. These berries are found in many supplements and juice blends that are claimed to provide various health benefits. Despite the widespread hype, however, there is little scientific evidence to suggest that acai products really are effective.

What Are Acai Berries?

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. The acai berry is claimed to provide numerous different health benefits.
 
(Click Benefits of Acai for more information about possible uses.)
 

How Do They Work?

The acai berry contains a variety of different substances and compounds, such as proteins, lipids, vitamins, minerals and nutrients, anthrocyanins, and flavonoids. It 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 it might work for arthritis or other inflammatory conditions.
 

Is Acai Berry Effective?

Despite the widespread hype, there is little scientific evidence to suggest that acai products really work in humans. "Test tube" studies definitely suggest that the fruit 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).
 
Written by/reviewed by:
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
Last updated/reviewed:
List of references (click here):
Other Articles in This eMedTV Presentation
Advertisement


Topics

Medications

Quicklinks

Related Channels

eMedTV Links
Copyright © 2006-2017 Clinaero, Inc.

eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.

This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.