Acai Berry Diet
Super Fruit or Waste of Time?

 

acai berry dietIn case you haven't noticed, the internet is littered with Acai Berry offers, free trials, juices, and pills. There is no question that the Acai berry is becoming increasingly popular in America. It is gaining a reputation in aiding weight loss but the big burning question is... does it actually work? While many don't know about the berry's abilities, others have been using it as a dietary supplement for a good while. This is mainly because of the abundance of nutritional value this tiny fruit holds. This page is a guide to describe what the acai berry is, how it's used, and where to get it.

What exactly is the Acai Berry?

Acai berries are grown on the Acai Palm trees, found naturally in the Amazon. The trees can reach heights of 25 meters, which can be inconvenient for harvesting considering the acai berry tends to grow in clusters near the tops of the palms.

The fruit has a very poor after harvest life. The berries must be processed as soon as they are harvested, as they lose most of their nutritional qualities within 24 hours of being removed from the trees. They are quickly turned into juice or pulp, and shipped overnight to markets so they can be consumed before they are no longer good for the body.

Acai Berry Health Benefits

The acai berry has many nutritional advantages. They are full of antioxidants, which can help lower your cholesterol. This can assist the cardiovascular system, particularly with blood circulation.

Acai berries also contain large amounts of fiber, which is beneficial to the digestive tract. Vegetable proteins provided by the fruit aids the muscular system and helps prevent aches and pains. Rounding out the nutritional benefits is the miscellaneous vitamins, minerals, and calcium the food provides.

Clinical Studies

Several clinical studies have been done on the acai berry but none have been performed in a controlled environment (meaning by in dependant companies). The most recent trials were to see if the berry's antioxidants were in fact being absorbed by the body or if they were just eliminated by the body as waste. The research showed that the berries nutrients were absorbed, the proof being high levels of antioxidant activity in both blood and urine (according to Science Daily) . There is still no clinical proof tying the acai berry to weight loss.

The University of Florida performed a study that was posted in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2006.  The study essentially showed that the extracts from the Acai Berry caused a self-destruct response in up to 86% of leukemia cells. There are promising health benefits the acai palm offers and overtime, I expect more discoveries to be revealed.

What to Watch Out for When Shopping Online

  • Free Trials / Auto Ship Programs- Many companies are offering their Acai Berry supplements as "free trials" minus any shipping and handling fees. Although this may seem appealing, many forget to read the fine print. After the trial is over the credit / debit card used to make the purchase is charged the full product amount and you will automatically be enrolled into an Auto Ship program. The Auto Ship program will ship you a new bottle and charge your credit / debit card monthly. Most companies charge anywhere from $50.00 to $85.00 a bottle.
  • Customer Support - Another thing to consider when deciding to try a acai supplement is customer support. Many of our readers complained about calling to cancel certain acai products only to be on hold for well over an hour before reaching a live person. This can cause a great deal of frustration. Some companies use this tactic to persuade consumers from canceling the product.

  • As seen on 60 minutes, CBS, Rachel Ray, Wall Street Journal... - Several companies are using a marketing tactic that seems to confuses a lot of consumers into believing their product is being endorsed by major media outlets (such as Oprah, The Today Show, etc). But in reality, the reports from these media outlets are referencing the ingredient itself (acai berry) and not the "Company Selling It".

Acai Products Available Online

Here is a list of all the acai products I was able to find online by searching google, yahoo, and MSN. We try to maintain this list but acai products are literally a dime a dozen. So please bear with us if one of the products below is no longer on the market.

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Tandra Pasqual
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It's really expensive but I tried an acai supplement and had much more energy. Didn't lose much weight but the extra energy allowed me to burn a few more calories than normal.
Posted On:August 13, 2010, 5:03 pm

 

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