Rss Posts

Rss Comments


Acai berry study to back up the ‘super food’ claims

Jan 08

Acai BerriesAfter a few posts about the acai scams that are floating around the Internet, I thought it was time to write something that supports this amazing berry.

While there are a number of claims circulating that the acai berry is the #1 super food, there often isn’t a lot of data presented to support those claims. In comparison with other foods, the acai berry hasn’t been researched very extensively. It would seem that most of the claims are proposed by those that will benefit financially from the popularity of the acai berry, so you have to be cautious. None the less, there have been studies that do back up the amazing benefits of the acai berry – they’re just not publicized as much.

For starters, the fiber content of acai berries sits at around 35%, surpassing that of the competing goji berry (wolfberry). The energy at fatty acid content is greater than goji berry and blueberry as well. Borrowed from an article reviewing the studies, Paul Gross, PhD states:

Analysis of the fat composition [from two separate studies] revealed the precise origins of açaí’s exceptional lipid density. Nearly all of the saturated fatty acid content in açaí is from palmitic acid (IUPAC hexadecanoic acid, approx. 23%), monounsaturated fat is from oleic acid (approx. 58%, an omega-9 fat,18:1 ω-9), and polyunsaturated fats result from linoleic acid (12%, an omega-6 fat, 18:2 ω-6). These three fatty acids, therefore, make up 93% of the total lipids in açaí. The oleic acid content of açaí is the same as in olive oil.

When looking at the nutrient content of the acai berry, there’s even more good news.

The density of several minerals in açaí is a significant percentage of the daily recommended intake, especially for copper and zinc which equal or exceed the daily recommended intake. In one result, vitamin E content was 3-times the recommended intake.

The conclusion of the review of these studies states two very important things. Firstly, it identifies that the acai berry is difficult to bring to market with all of it’s nurtitional benefits due to the high oxidation rate caused by the significant fat content. Freeze drying is accepted as as one method of preserving the nutritional benefits of the acai berry. The second statement is exciting, yet of course doesn’t promise anything. “Dozens of diseases have a component of oxidative stress at their origins, such as chronic inflammation, atherosclerosis, diabetes and cancer, and so may be prevented or inhibited by high-antioxidant fruit like açaí.”

Share and Enjoy:
  • Digg
  • Sphinn
  • Facebook
  • Mixx
  • email
  • Furl
  • Ma.gnolia
  • NewsVine
  • Pownce
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Yahoo! Buzz

1 Comment

Add your comment

  1. […] foods, the acai berry has limited research behind it’s claims. Paul Gross, PhD, does have a study comparing the benefits of the acai berry with other foods, but I haven’t come across any reputable source saying the acai berry is a great weight loss […]

Post a comment