Acai Berry Side Effects
Acai Berry Side Effects
Due to all the hype surrounding acai on such shows as Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray, and Oprah, demand for the berries, powder, pulp, juice, capsules, and tea has been frenzied. Acai berries are very rich source of antioxidants, omega fatty acids, essential vitamins & other micro nutrients. Acai stands on top of other food products due to its rich & complete nutritional composition.
Who doesn’t want to lose weight and gain energy? When celebrities such as dermatologist Dr. Nicholas Perricone tout acai as the number one super food in anti-aging, the public wants to buy it and use it right now.
Other names for acai products include Acai Berry, Açaï d’Amazonie, Acai Extract, Acai Fruit, Acai Palm, Amazon Acai, Amazon Acai Berry, Assai, Assai Palm, Baie d’Açaï, Baie de Palmier Pinot, Cabbage Palm, Chou Palmiste, Euterpe badiocarpa, Euterpe oleracea, Extrait d’Açaï, Fruit d’Açaï, and Palmier d’Açaï.
Is Acai Safe for Everyone?
Before jumping on the bandwagon, you may want to explore potential side effects of acai. The appropriate dose of acai depends on several factors – the user’s age, health, and several other conditions.
At this time, there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for acai. Keep in mind that just because acai is a natural product, it does not mean it is always necessarily safe for everyone.
WebMD.com warns that “There is not enough information to know if acai is safe. If you are 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.”
Always err on the side of caution. Research shows that excess consumption of the fresh Acai berry may cause diarrhea; however, manufacturers claim that there are no side effects caused by any of the supplements – capsules, juices, puree, powder, tea – as long as they are 100% pure and contain no other ingredients.
Additives and Preservatives
The problem of acai berry side effects may arise from the use of preservatives in the processing of these supplements. Most companies add ingredients like caffeine, sugar, tobacco, toxic fillers and such during making of acai berry supplements. These additives in turn destroy the purity of the products.
To be as safe as possible, choose supplements made from pure 100% acai berry. The best option for avoiding side effects is to only buy supplements from authorized and certified brands. Supplements with reduced ratio of acai berry to other additives are reported to cause symptoms like allergic reactions, stomach ache, sick feelings, headaches, and diarrhea. Customer complaints include watered-down formulas and cheap ingredients as fillers.
The best way of getting a pure acai berry product is to look for the USDA Certification. Do this to ensure you that you will get pure acai.
What additives in acai berry supplements could cause side effects? Sildenafil is stated as being the “secret” additive in many of the supplements even if it is not in the list of ingredients in many acai products.
Sildenafil is contraindicated in those who are on treatment with any variant of nitrate drugs (nitroglycerine, isosorbide dinitrate). Since sildenafil is a vasodilator, it enhances the effects of vasodilator drugs and thus causes significant reduction in blood pressure. This can sometimes become fatal. Individuals with previous cardiac problems are at higher risk of developing cardiovascular problems such as stroke, cardiac arrest, arrhythmias, myocardial infarction etc. Relatively less significant adverse effects are headache, blushing, partial deafness, or reduced vision.
Which brands of acai contain significant amounts of Sildenafil? Health Canada names Vital Acai for weight loss, Acai Power Blast & Muscle Mass used as dietary supplements, and anti-aging products such as Brazilian Pure and Guarana Pure.
More studies need be done on the acai berry. In the meantime, if you decide to use acai supplements, exercise caution and remember that “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”