Acai Berry Scams

The internet is flooded with acai berry marketing, pushing the acai berry as a dietary supplement.  The acai berry products come in the form of tablets, juice, instant drink powders, and whole fruit.  The problem with all this marketing is that most of it is hype and rubbish.  There are a lot of scams surrounding acai berries so I thought I would dig down to the truth about these berries.

Acai berry products claim to be power-packed with antioxidants and increase energy levels, improve sexual performance, improve digestion, detox the body, provide high fibber, improve skin appearance, improve heart health and reduce cholesterol levels.

The reality is that acai berries have only average levels of antioxidants – less than that of grapes, blueberry, and black cherry juices, but more than cranberry, orange, and apple juices. A scientific comparative analysis reported that the acai berry has intermediate antioxidant potency among 11 varieties of frozen juice pulps, scoring lower than mango, strawberry and grapes.[1]

Another study tested three commercially available juice mixes containing unspecified percentages of acai berry juice.  The acai berry juices were compared for antioxidant capacity against red wine, tea, six types of pure fruit juice and pomegranate juice.  The results were that the average antioxidant capacity of acai berries was ranked lower than that of pomegranate juice, grape juice, blueberry juice, and red wine. The average antioxidant content of acai juice  was roughly equivalent to that of black cherry or cranberry juice and was higher than that of orange juice, apple juice and tea. [2]

Some websites are even promoting acai berries as a weight loss product.  No credible evidence suggests acai berries or antioxidants promote weight loss.  Other false claims include reversal of diabetes and other chronic illnesses, increasing men’s sexual virility and sexual attractiveness to women.  Of course it’s all rubbish.

To date there are no scientifically controlled studies backing up any of these claims. Acai berry products have not been evaluated in the USA and their efficacy is very questionable. [3]

For a while I was considering promoting acai berry products on this site but when I looked into the products I found one of the landing pages directed me to a lottery site!  Very scammy indeed.  I’ve dropped the whole idea of promoting anything because of the unfounded claims surrounding these products.

Don’t get me wrong, acai berries are a great food, just like any other fruit.  But don’t believe that they have any type of special medicinal properties to them.  I wouldn’t bother buying them off the internet because of the inflated prices.  If you can’t buy them from your local supermarket then stick to blueberries.

1. Kuskoski EM, Asuero AG, Morales MT, Fett R (2006). “Wild fruits and pulps of frozen fruits: antioxidant activity, polyphenols and anthocyanins”. Cienc Rural 36 (4 (July/Aug)).

2. Seeram NP, Aviram M, Zhang Y, et al. (Feb 2008). “Comparison of antioxidant potency of commonly consumed polyphenol-rich beverages in the United States”. J Agric Food Chem. 56 (4): 1415–22. doi:10.1021/jf073035s. PMID 18220345.

3. Susan Donaldson James. “‘Superfood’ Açaí May not Be Worth Price: Oprah’s Dr. Oz Says Açai Is Healthy but No Cure-all; Dieter Feels Ripped Off”, ABC News, December 12, 2008.

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  1. Бaкинcкийпapeнь
    1084 days ago

    Прикольно :) Надо пост использовать в корыстных целях. Обязательно!



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