Acai

Acai Berries

The now famous “superfood” known as Acai comes from the Euterpe Oleracea palm tree of the Central and South American jungles, most notably the Brazilian Amazon.

While certain unconfirmed audacious claims of Acai have elevated it to nearly mystical status, Acai is still a delicious and nutrient-dense berry high in flavonoid antioxidants and vitamin C.

Acai has been consumed for hundreds, if not thousands, of years by native tribes of the Amazon, who have long considered it a medicinal treatment for pain and fever, in addition to an efficient source of energy and overall sustenance.

Beyond its most desirable whole fruit form, which almost always needs to be freeze-dried for export and transportation purposes, Acai can now be found manifested in supermarkets around the world as juices, powders, oil and as a primary constituent in countless supplements. It’s best to stick to as pure and whole a form of Acai as possible as little rigorous scientific evidence exists that confirms the claims that Acai supplements will make one lose weight, slow aging, perform better in bed, or grow wings.

Resources and Further Reading

A good resource for more about the history and current scientific understanding of Acai berries from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: https://nccih.nih.gov/health/acai/ataglance.htm

For a look at some findings from some preliminary research studies about the effects of Acai consumption on various medical conditions: https://nutritionfacts.org/2013/08/22/the-science-on-acai-berries/

A preliminary 2011 study, funded by one of the largest Acai commercial entities, Sambazon, suggested a positive correlation between Acai consumption and metabolic function in overweight individuals:
https://nutritionj.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/10.1186/1475-2891-10-45?site=http://nutritionj.biomedcentral.com

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