Uses of Acai

There’s no definitive scientific evidence based on studies in people to support the use of acai for any health-related purpose.

No independent studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals that substantiate claims that it alone promotes rapid weight loss. When investigating the safety profile of an acai-fortified juice in rats, researchers found no differences in body weight changes between animals given the juice and animals not given the juice.

A preliminary study suggested that eating the fruit pulp might reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels in overweight people.

Laboratory studies have focused on the potential antioxidant properties, and a juice blend with it as the main ingredient has been shown to have an antioxidant effect in people. (Antioxidants are substances that may protect cells against certain types of damage.)

Dosage Of Acai

Acai pulp appears to be safe when consumed in the amounts commonly used in foods; however, drinking unprocessed juice has been linked to an illness called American trypanosomiasis (also known as Chagas disease).

Consuming acai might affect MRI test results. If you use these products and are scheduled for an MRI, check with your health care provider.

Little is known about whether it’s safe to use it during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.


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All information on acai has been provided courtesy of MedLinePlus from the National Library of Medicine and from the FDA.