How healthy is the acai berry

Prevention is better than cure.

Researchers of modern medicine are concentrating on chemicals or nutrition-based products to prevent modern day killers like cancer, auto immune disorders, diabetes, obesity, etc. By way of research, they have found that some fruits have a rich combination of anti-oxidants and chemicals, which are very effective in preventing the progress of disease or their complications.

Acai berry is one among such herbal nutritional food supplements accepted by both traditional and modern researchers for prevention of lifestyle disorders. Though this benefit is still under debate, many doctors advise acai berry based products as diet supplements as they do not cause any side effects or drug interactive side effects.

What is acai berry?

Acai berry is a palm fruit native to central and South America, Brazil and Peru. This is cultivated across the world now for commercial purposes. The slender palm grows to 15-30 meters. Fruits of the tree are small, round and purple in colour, almost similar to the grape.

In 2004, the acai berry became famous as a weight loss food. Even today, most of the weight loss pills have acai extracts as one of the primary ingredients. As on date, there is no clinical evidence to prove that the fruit prevents or reverses the effects of diabetes and other chronic illnesses.

What acai experts say about the efficacy
Acai berry works at the cellular level to treat and cure cancer. It helps prevent proliferation of cancer cells by preventing cell mitosis.

Successful and approved research on the acai berry
a. Chemically extracted poly phenolic-rich fractions from acai berry were reported to reduce the proliferation of HL-60 (experimental leukemia) cells in vitro
b. In a study of rats fed a high cholesterol diet, supplemental feeding with dry acai pulp reduced blood levels of total and non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and superoxide dismutase activity

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The acai berry has several health benefits such improving mental clarity, promoting sound sleep, supplying the body with vital vitamins, cleansing and detoxifying the body, building the immune system, enhancing sexual desire and performance, fighting cancer cells, slowing the aging process, alleviating the complications of diabetes, normalizing and regulating cholesterol levels, ensuring proper functioning of the heart, reducing inflammation and, improving circulation and vision.

Source: Dr K Gowthaman, Medical Director, rVita (rVita Ayurveda Centers)

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