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.