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What are the side effects of using acai berry supplements?

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There is not enough data gathered on human subjects to conclusively verifiy side effects or health benefits of using acai berry supplements, however, WebMD advises women who are pregnant or breast feeding to avoid acai berry. According to the Nation Institutes of Health, consumption of acai berry before having an MRI can affect test results.

Acai berries contain a high instance of antioxidants. These antioxidants are able to protect the cells of the body from the effects of oxidation. The effects can sometimes be damaging, and antioxidants reduce and prevent the instances of damage caused by oxidation. Most berries, including cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries, contain high levels of antioxidants. Acai berries contain more antioxidants than the majority of other berries.

The use of acai berry supplements generally focuses on the increased metabolism that they provide. They are most commonly used for obesity, to help weight loss and to detoxify the body. They can also be used as a natural treatment for high cholesterol, osteoarthritis and erectile dysfunction and to improve the general health of the body. Because acai berry supplements are fairly new, there are not enough studies to prove whether their benefits outweigh their side effects. There is no information on whether they interact with other drugs or conditions within the body.

Sources:

  1. webmd.com
  2. nih.gov

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