Is the Acai Berry Really a Superfood
The Acai berry has been a controversial subject as of late becoming the latest miracle fruit that can solve many of life’s health issues, the most popular claims are:
- Weight loss
- increases energy levels
- improves sexual performance
- improves digestion
- detoxes the body
- helps heart, diabetes and other chronic illnesses
- reduces cholesterol
While that is a very impressive list there has been no evidence to show that any of these claims are true. 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. While the Acai berry seems to a decent antioxidant it is by no means a miracle supplement that is a cure all for everything.
The Acai berry’s increased popularity is related to Dr. Perricone’s appearance on the Oprah Winfrey stating that the Acai berry is one of the top super foods stating that “Açaí pulp contains:
- A remarkable concentration of antioxidants that help combat premature aging, with 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes and 10 to 30 times the anthocyanins of red wine.
- A synergy of monounsaturated (healthy) fats, dietary fiber and phytosterols to help promote cardiovascular and digestive health.
- An almost perfect essential amino acid complex in conjunction with valuable trace minerals, vital to proper muscle contraction and regeneration.
The fatty acid content in Acai resembles that of olive oil, and is rich in monounsaturated oleic acid. Oleic acid is important for a number of reasons. It helps omega-3 fish oils penetrate the cell membrane; together they help make cell membranes suppler. By keeping the cell membrane supple, all hormones, neurotransmitter and insulin receptors function more efficiently. This is particularly important because high insulin levels create an inflammatory state, and we know, inflammation causes aging.”
The Acai berry also received a statement from Jack F. Bukowski, MD, Ph.D., a former Harvard professor, and currently Director of the Nutritional Science Research Institute.
“While additional research is needed, pilot studies suggest that in otherwise healthy, overweight adults, daily consumption of pure organic sugar free Acai reduces cholesterol significantly and several markers of metabolic syndrome associated with an increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke,”.
Now with these statements from notable professionals it would seem like the Acai berry is a miracle fruit that would at least cure some of life’s ills. But realize that they state it can help reduce factors and that more tests need to be done to see what the Acai berry actually can do.
Please remember when starting any weight loss or diet program to consult your physician.