Acai Berry Benefits
Unless you have lived in a cave for the last 6 months or so then you will undoubtedly have heard of acai berry weight loss pills.
From large media campaigns through to the annoying acai berry spam emails we have all been receiving – there certainly has been a lot of focus on these little berries.
However, does acai berry benefit weight loss or is it purely a detox product?
So many of the companies selling these pills are marketing them as a weight loss product. We have a different view, but before that let us look at the facts.
What is acai berry?
Acai berries come from the acai palm tree which is native to both central and southern America. The berries themselves are the fruit of the tree and around an inch in diameter and purple in colour.
Typically each acai palm tree will grow two crops of the berries each year with each crop consisting of around 700-900 berries.
Certain celebrities have suggested that they use acai berries and that has prompted part of the increased interest in the fruit. There is also a smoothie made by drinks company Innocent that contains pomegranate, blueberries and acai berries.
What are the benefits of acai berry?
Much has been made by the marketing companies behind acai berry about the benefits of the fruit. All sorts of benefits have been claimed from weight loss, through to better sleep and even claims of increasing your attractiveness to the opposite sex.
However, the only acai berry benefits that have been proven to exist are those of an antioxidant nature which may then help with weight loss.
According to the ORAC scale (developed by the National Institute of Health), freeze-dried acai berry comes out as the 6th highest of all foods. This basically means that there are only 5 other foods that are known to have more powerful anti-oxidant levels.
The only foods higher in anti-oxidant capabilities are cloves, bran (raw and hi-tannin), cinnamon, and oregano. Therefore, without a doubt the most certain acai berry benefit is as a detox supplement.
So can acai berry aid weight loss?
With so many companies claiming that acai berry is a weight loss supplement it is easy to start believing it’s true. However, you must remember that no direct link has ever been proven.
That said, there is a strong case for acai berry helping weight loss indirectly. After all, if you are able to get more ant-oxidants in to your blood stream you will undergo a natural detox process.
This in turn helps you to become more energized and feel fitter and healthier. That in turn can then help you to pursue and stick to a more fit and healthy diet and lifestyle.
Therefore, if you are looking for acai berry benefits – detox is your main (and only proven) goal and weight loss may follow as a secondary benefit, however weight loss should never be the primary goal when taking acai berry supplements.
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