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The Many Benefits Of Acai Berry Supplements

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The acai berry comes from Brazilian palm trees. You might have noticed that acai berry seems to be everywhere and in many products.benefits of acai berry supplements

That is because acai berries are power-packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. What excites health scientist about the acai berry is that it contains the flavonoid anthocyanin.

Flavonoids are well-known plant metabolites (needed for metabolism), and Anthocyanins are one of the most important. [1]

This is a substance that is responsible for the purple color in purple cabbage, the black and blue coloring in blackberries and blueberries, and the purple hue on the outside of eggplant, which is a good clue.

If you are wondering how to add more Anthocyanins to your diet - Simply reach for foods that are naturally red, purple, and blue. 

What Can an Acai Berry  Supplement Do for You?

Cell Recovery - Because acai has antioxidant properties, it helps your body to recover after exercise.

What that means is that as a substance that reduces oxidative stress, Acai helps our body maintain healthy cells, repair damaged cells, and potentially add new lean muscle cells. [2]

Free radicals are the scientific term for substances that cause cell damage. Typically, the role of the cell is to break apart chemical bonds and then harness the energy which that process releases.

That process also damages the cell, but antioxidants help shield cells from oxidative stress. Antioxidant undoes or prevents oxidative stress.

Notice the part of both words - oxi - That process involves the burning of oxygen for fuel. Oxidative stress is a primary cause of aging. 

Fat Burner - Acai berry supplements are well-known in the weight loss benefits of acai berry blog image 3.jpgindustry because they provides us with a boost to our metabolic rate. So one of the most commercial things that acai berries do for us is it helps our body burn fat. [3]

If we increase our metabolic rate without increasing our caloric intake, we lose weight because we have to burn fat to supplement the added energy need produced by our higher metabolic rate.

Because Acai berries help to increase our metabolic rate, it works with our body to burn stored fat. 

Decreases Cholesterol - A pilot study which appeared in the Nutrition Journal and that was found on the US National Library of Medicine's site looked at how Acai affect weight loss.

One of the key indicators that they tracked was cholesterol. The study showed that Acai pulp does lower total cholesterol, LCD cholesterol, and HDL cholesterol. [3]

The participants consumed 100 g of acai pulp 2x per day for an entire month. 

Acai as a Cancer Inhibitor - There are only a few studies about the anti-cancer effects of acai. However, there have been studies that show that acai inhibits certain types of cancer. [4]

The study examines whether or not acai berry can inhibit Helicobacter felis. The study showed that acai did not have a significant impact on controlling stomach cancer.

However, the study mentions another study that compared the effects of berries on inhibiting esophageal cancers. [5]

Potential Bipolar Disorder Controller -Neuropsychiatric diseases include bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are benefits of acai berry supplements 1.jpgcomplex, and both are heavily studied.

Some recent breakthroughs include the potential that acai berry protects the mitochondrial process through its antioxidant properties. This is an image of an infected mitchondria.

Specifically, medical researchers are hopeful that Acai berry improves the mitochondrial dysfunction that occurs with neuropsychiatric diseases. [6]

While the study shows that acai does improve the function of mitochondria there is much more research needed.

However, given the vast side effects of current neuropsychiatric drugs and the benefit of acai berry, it is likely that the research pharmaceutical industry might develop acai into a modern medicine for these types of disorders. 

Acai as a Brain Booster - A peer-reviewed study set out to show that the ions found in acai berry had the power to regulate calcium ions at the neuron level.

Brain degeneration has many causes, but one of those is thought to be the oxidative damage to base nutrients. The study looked at how acai berry interacts with primary neurons and then measured the effects and was able to show that acai was beneficial to brain health by decreasing degeneration. [7]

Packed Full of Nutrients - Acai is an amazing food to add to your diet. They contain 40 mg of calcium, 60 mg of potassium, and 500 IU of vitamin A.

There are 3 grams of dietary fiber and 5 grams of fat.  All of these nutrients are part of a healthy diet, and many have their own medical/health benefits. For example, dietary fiber plays a huge role in prebiotic and probiotic repopulation.

Calcium is not only needed to build strong bones, but it plays a role in brain health and other organ development. While there are five grams of fats many of those are healthy fats which add to the production of healthy skin, hair, and nails. 

Which Form of Acai Berry is the Best?benefits of acai berry blog image 2.jpg

The easiest form of acai to find and then use in your daily routine is an acai berry supplement.

To find which acai berry pills are the best seek a distributor with a good reputation of high quality of ingredients.

You want to choose a brand that is sensitive to how the acai berry powder is packaged.

Over-processing of the berry destroys many of the nutrients which then cause the supplement to be less effective so supplement manufacturers must be careful when sourcing it. . 

Deeper Understanding

[1] Anthocyanins and Human Health: An In Vitro Investigative Approach - US National Library of Medicine

[2] Effects of supplementation with acai (Euterpe oleracea Mart.) berry-based juice blend on the blood antioxidant defence capacity and lipid profile in junior hurdlers. A pilot study - US National Library of Medicine

[3] Effects of Açai (Euterpe oleracea Mart.) berry preparation on metabolic parameters in a healthy overweight population: A pilot study - US National Library of Medicine

[4] Anti-inflammatory and Anti-tumorigenic Effects of Açai Berry in Helicobacter felis-infected mice - US National Library of Medicine 

[5] Multiple Berry Types Prevent N-nitrosomethylbenzylamine-Induced Esophageal Cancer in Rats - US National Library of Medicine 

[6] Neuroprotective Effects of Açaí (Euterpe oleracea Mart.) against Rotenone In VitroExposure - US National Library of Medicine

[7] Restoration of stressor-induced calcium dysregulation and autophagy inhibition by polyphenol-rich açaí (Euterpe spp.) fruit pulp extracts in rodent brain cells in vitro. - US National Library of Medicine