Acai berry extract has been marketed as being a kind of miracle ingredient that can provide a solution to all of a dieter’s weight loss woes, but is it really all that it is cracked up to be? Are the headlines that have called this a superfood really true?
Researchers have determined that the acai bery is actually very high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are a kind of substance that can help the cells of the body to be able to recover from oxidative damage caused by “free radicals”, which are believed to have positive health benefits such as protecting the body against cancer and heart disease, among other issues.
That said, when it comes to actually being used as a weight loss ingredient, all of the hype is well ahead of any kind of scientific or medical study results. As of yet, there hasn’t been any major published medical study that would indicate that there is a connection between using that ingredient and losing weight.
Following a broad range of scams that connected Oprah Winfrey to claims about acai berry and weight loss, the mega-star took specific action to post comments on her official website that were designed to disassociate herself with products containing that ingredient and that are used for weight loss promotion.
Overall, what is actually known about this ingredient is that, like blueberries, it is very nutritious and high in antioxidants. Other than that, nothing has been proven when it comes to dieting and weight loss. Therefore, any claims that a product has been “clinically proven” to offer weight loss as a result of an acai berry content is completely false. Moreover, any product that claims that it leads to better dieting results because of this ingredient is simply guessing, because there aren’t any studies that have been completed to provide the evidence that is needed to support those claims.
While it is unlikely that taking acai berry supplements would actually cause any harm to a dieter, it is usually recommended that a dieter should simply eat fresh berries such as blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries if they would like to be able to take advantage of the benefits of antioxidants from fruits, if only because that provides a whole food benefit including other nutrition and fiber, which may not be present in acai berry supplements. Moreover, eating actual fresh berries is healthier for the wallet than buying supplements, too.