Acai Berry
Acai Berry
This information describes the common uses of Acai Berry, how it works, and its possible side effects.

Common Name

Acai berry, Acai palm, Cabbage palm, Palm berry

How It Works

Acai has antioxidant effects but it has not been shown to treat or prevent cancer.

Acai is the fruit of a palm mainly found in South America. The berries and seeds contain compounds called flavonoids that have antioxidant effects. Some laboratory studies suggest acai may reduce cholesterol, prevent diseases of the heart and blood vessels, and cause programmed cell death in leukemia cells. However, human stuides are needed to confirm these effects.

Consumption of contaminated acai fruit with insects carrying Trypanosoma cruzii, a protozoan that causes Chagas disease, resulted in 178 cases of acute disease.

Purported Uses

  • To prevent cancer
    In vitro studies show that flavonoids present in acai fruit have antioxidant properties. There are no animal or human studies to support that acai is useful in cancer prevention.
  • To prevent heart disease and stroke
    In vitro studies show that acai fruit may be useful but human data are lacking.

Special Point

Theoretically, Acai may interfere with the actions of certain chemotherapy drugs due to its antioxidant effects.