The Acai Berry

Acai BerryAs I search through my Internet browser, it's to the point now where I can't help but come across a pop-up for the infamous diet super-fruit, the acai berry (pronounced ah-sigh-ee). Several companies are now claiming their acai berry capsules aid in weight loss, and help shed pounds. One day while browsing, I actually decided to try out the "free" trial offer offered everywhere on line, I thought why not? Well, I got my acai berry capsules, which came with a cleanse capsule as well. Well, let me just say I personally noticed no difference, and my "free" trial ended up costing me $120.00. So, I decided to check out what the acai berry is all about as a fruit, not a diet supplement.

The acai berry is native to Central and South America, and from Belize to Brazil and Peru. It is grows on the Acai Palm, and as you can see in the picture above, is a small, round, black/purple color, similar to a grape in color and size. The acai berry is used in it's native countries as food, and several traditional Amazon natives use this fruit as a food source making up to 42% of their diet. The acai is actually quite high in fat content, which kind of clashes with the theory that these are a great source for weight loss. However, the acai has a very high content of antioxidant properties, and proves to work great against peroxyl radicals, good against peroxynitrite, and poor against hydroxyl radicals.

Through all of my searching, I found the acai berry has great antioxidant properties, however there were no accredited sources stating it actually did anything for losing weight. Realistically, all fruit is healthy for you. The acai berry is a great source for antioxidants, but I wouldn't count on it to help you shed pounds. A good, healthy diet and regular exercise is the best, most healthy remedy for shedding unwanted pounds.

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