- What other names is Acai known by?
- What is Acai?
- How does Acai work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Acai.
People use acai for osteoarthritis, high cholesterol, erectile dysfunction (ED), weight loss and obesity, "detoxification," and for improving general health. Acai gained popularity in North America after being promoted by Dr. Nicholas Perricone as a "Superfood for Age-Defying Beauty" on the Oprah Winfrey show.
As a food, the acai berry is eaten raw and as a juice. The juice is also used commercially as a beverage and in ice cream, jelly, and liqueurs.
In manufacturing, acai berry is used as a natural purple food colorant.
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pregnant or breast-feeding, it's best to stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Drinking raw acai juice has been linked to outbreaks of a disease called American trypanosomiasis or Chagas Disease.
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011