Daily Dose of Acai Berry: 1,000mg
Acai berry, from the Acai palm, is a small, round, dark purple berry used in South America to make food products as well as traditional herbal medicine. For centuries, it has been used to treat diarrhea. It is recommended by practitioners as a treatment for many health problems. Modern research has discovered that the compounds of Acai berry may have several health benefits and very little side effects. This is due to the fact that it has phytochemicals called flavanoids, including a class called anthocyanins, which are very potent antioxidants. Free radicals are produced by the body as a by-product of digestion, when our skin is exposed to sunlight and when we are exposed to toxins. Over a period of time, free radicals can damage cellular DNA and cellular membranes, increasing the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer. Antioxidants can protect our cells from these harmful free radicals by neutralizing them and allowing our bodies to get rid of them on their own. Acai berry is also known to have anti-inflammatory benefits for allergies and autoimmune diseases. This is possible because compounds in acai berry inhibit the actions of an enzyme called cyclooxygenases, which plays a role in arthritis. Components in the berry can also decrease the body’s production of interleukins, which are inflammatory chemicals.
Acai berry is available in juices and extracts, powdered forms, tablets, and capsules. There is no standard recommended dosage but 1,000mg once or twice a day is considered safe based on studies that show that there are no side effects at that dosage. It is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women because safety has not been established yet for these individuals. People who are allergic to acai plants may develop a rash or other reactions. Because of its powerful antioxidant properties, Acai berry can interfere with chemotherapy. It’s best to talk to your doctor before deciding to take these supplements.
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