ACAI BERRY - Watsons Health

ACAI BERRY

The acai berry is an inch-long, reddish-purple fruit. It comes from the acai palm tree, which is native to Central and South America. Some studies show that acai fruit pulp is even richer in antioxidants than cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, or blueberries.

Acai berries are widely touted as a so-called superfood, with proponents claiming that they are helpful for a variety of health concerns. This includes arthritis, weight loss, high cholesterol, erectile dysfunction, skin appearance, detoxification and general health.

Avoid this fruit if you have pollen allergies or are sensitive to acai or similar berries. When eaten in moderate amounts, though, acai is likely to be safe.

There may be people allergic to the Acai fruit. A person may experience hives, itching, unexplained rashes, trouble in breathing or wheezing, or swelling of the throat, tongue, mouth or lips.

Precautions

Very large doses of acai might affect the results of MRI scans. It is important to let your doctor know that you’ve been eating acai berries if you’re scheduled to have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test.

 

Interactions

If you’re taking amounts of acai higher than you’d normally eat as food, such as in dietary supplements, be sure to check with your doctor. This is especially important for people taking medications for high cholesterol or diabetes, and for people with kidney disease, as large amounts of acai might affect the management of these conditions.

Acai berry is taken by many people due to its antioxidant effects. However, its antioxidant effects may decrease the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs and also with radiation treatments.

As long as you’re not allergic to the fruit, Acai is safe to consume. Use caution when consuming products made with acai that may have other ingredients, such as caffeine.

 

Available brands:

  • Circulan
  • GNC Ultra Saw Palmetto Formula
  • Men’s Mega Men 50 Plus
  • Nature-C

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