Acai Berries: Super Food or Not?
With all the recent talk about Acai Berries-acai berries in supplements, juices, smoothies, and raw-you may be wondering if it can-in fact-live up to all the healthy hype it has been linked to. Touted as a super food fruit that can help fight cancer and related chronic conditions, Acai Berries are healthy but are they more so than any other antioxidant-rich berry fruit?
Yes! Studies have found that people in South and Central America-where the Acai berry is originally home to-have been using Acai to stave off disease, bolster immune systems, and boost overall health for hundreds of years. This is why you hear so many recommendations coming from high profile celebrities-such as Oprah and Brad Pitt. Their health has been dramatically improved.
Though there have not been conclusive studies done on the fruit, scientists are beginning to see the superior value of Acai. One study done recently concurred that the Acai Berry did increase antioxidants in the human bodies tested: “Texas A&M University found significant increases in antioxidant activity in the blood after consumption of the acai pulp and juice.” This was in relation to other berries that we are already familiar with, such as: blackberries, blueberries, etc.