Acai – Truth About This Fruit

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**This article was posted by Tulsa Doctor and Tulsa Natural Medicine Expert, Doctor Chad Edwards.

Acai has been included in many health beverage fruit juices lately due to its numerous vitamins and phytonutrients.  The benefits of Acai as a superfruit/superfood, as well as some of the research behind it, is discussed below.

Euterpe oleracea is a species of palm tree Found in South America. The polyphenols in acai slow the proliferation of human leukemia cells.

Acai BerriesNutritional Values: Anthocyanins (cyanidin-3-glucoside and cyanidin-3-rutinoside) 10-30x that of red-wine, B vitamins, fiber, protein, omega-3’s, oleic acid (an omega-9), potassium, copper, & manganese. Popular in recent years, it contains essential fatty acids, amino acids, and antioxidants, including resveratrol.

Wikipedia states: “A comparative analysis reported that açaí has intermediate antioxidant potency among 11 varieties of frozen juice pulps, scoring lower than acerola, mango, strawberry, and grapes. A powdered preparation of freeze-dried açaí fruit pulp and skin was shown to contain anthocyanins (3.19 mg/g); however, anthocyanins accounted for only about 10% of the overall antioxidant capacity. The powdered preparation was also reported to contain twelve flavonoid-like compounds, including homoorientin, orientin, taxifolin, deoxyhexose, isovitexin, scoparin, as well as proanthocyanidins (12.89 mg/g), and low levels of resveratrol (1.1 μg/g). A study on another different freeze-dried acai product (Opti-Acai) reported that the formulation contained much lower levels of anthocyanins, proanthocyanadins, and other polyphenol compounds as compared with blueberries and other antioxidant-rich fruits.” In a study of different açaí varieties for their antioxidant capacity, a white species displayed no antioxidant activity against different oxygen radicals, whereas the purple variety most often used commercially had antioxidant activity against peroxyl radicals and to a lesser extent peroxynitrite but little activity against hydroxyl radicals.