What are the health benefits of acai berries?

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  • Acai berries are the fruit from acai palm trees which are native to the rainforests of South America. Acai berries can be eaten raw or as a juice. Like other fruits, acai berries provide antioxidants and other healthful nutrients.

    Acai berries have been promoted as a "superfood" with health benefits for conditions such as osteoarthritis, high cholesterol, weight loss, detoxification -- among others. Currently, there is limited scientific research available to back up these claims.
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    The acai berry is the clear front-runner when it comes to antioxidants; it may beat every other fruit or vegetable by a mile. Case in point: The freeze-dried berry has 30 times the disease-arresting anthocyanins of red grapes.

    These berries are so nutritious, writes John La Puma, MD, author of ChefMD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine, that they may help lower bad cholesterol, inhibit inflammation and fight off arthritis. They may even have cancer-fighting powers. In a lab study, acai berry extract killed between 45 and 86% of a sample of human leukemia cells

    The antioxidant quotient is reason enough to eat this fruit, but acai berries are also chock-full of B vitamins, magnesium, copper, zinc, phosphorus and sulfur. In South America, acai berries are pureed and served warm as a sauce or soup. Check your local health-food store for acai juice, smoothies and other products containing this nutritious fruit.
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