The Acai berry (pronounced ass-eye-ee) is a new berry that is being marketed as a “miracle” health fruit, and people are lapping it up like crazy. This berry, which is related to the blueberry and cranberry and hails from South America, is touted as having super antioxidant properties to protect against certain cancers and be the next best thing since the super hype over the pomegranate. Remember how nutty we all went over “Pom” juice?
Is the Acai berry all that it’s cracked up to be? Studies are on-going, but the “Acai contains several substances called anthocyanins and flavonoids”, according to WebMD.com, so it’s got to be good for something. According to WebMD, in an article review on the Acai fruit by Jonathan L Gelfand, MD, the “Anthocyanins and flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that help defend the body against life’s stressors. They also play a role in the body’s cell protection system. Free radicals are harmful byproducts produced by the body. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants may interfere with aging and the disease process by neutralizing free radicals.By lessening the destructive power of free radicals, antioxidants may help reduce the risk of some diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.” But is the Acai fruit really any better than say, a strawberry, blueberry, or any other popular fruit that has a lot of antioxidants in it?
Studies are on-going, but so far it looks like the Acai berry is just another fruit with a goofy name. While it’s good for you (like any other fruit), I find the flavor to be a bit off, kind of like drinking liquid plum jerky, and it has a tomato aftertaste, so I’m not too fond of the fruit. It’s in many shampoos and conditioners and many other beauty products for it’s antioxidants (and therefore, anti-aging abilities) but there have been no proven studies to prove that this “miracle” fruit is any different from any other fruit out there.
WebMD further goes on to state that, “Some studies show that acai fruit pulp has a very high antioxidant capacity with even more antioxidant content than cranberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, or blueberry. Studies are ongoing, though, and the jury is still out.People eat acai berries to address various health conditions. But so far, acai berries have no known health benefit that’s any different than that of other similar fruits.”
So I guess we don’t know for sure. All I can say is, as long as you’re eating fruit, you’re doing something right in your diet. Why not give the Acai berry a try?
Sources: www.webmd.com/…/acai-berries-and-acai-berry-juice-what-are-the-health–benefits –