With the popularity of food supplements produced from acai fruits, more and more research are being conducted to find out other potential health benefits that can be derived from acai including cancer treatment. For centuries, people from the Amazon have used the acai fruit to treat common illnesses. In Brazil, locals make them as part of their diet to keep them physically fit and healthy.
People who are physically active like athletes believe in the capabilities of acai in giving them energy and help maintain a physically fit body. In fact, Jiu-Jiutsu experts as well as professional soccer players take acai before doing warm-ups.
The wonder fruit is actually a dark purple-colored fruit which grows naturally in the banks of the Amazon River. The acai fruit contains high amounts of antioxidants which is very helpful to the body.
Research Developments of Acai Fruit in Fighting Against Diseases
In combating these free radicals and toxins, we use antioxidants by taking in fruits and vegetables or supplements made from them.
Although fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, acai fruit is found to have the largest amount of antioxidant level which is measured by the ORAC or Oxygen Radical Capacity Score.
Research reveals that acai fruit contains very high amounts of antioxidants with an ORAC score of 167.
This is relatively high compared to the ORAC scores of other fruits like apples and other common berries which only scored 14 to 32 in the Oxygen Radical Capacity Score.
Acai Fruit in Combating Cancer
The most significant result from these tests is the possibility of acai fruit as a cure for cancer.
In a laboratory research conducted at the University of Florida, they have discovered through a culture model experiment, that acai can in fact combat cancer as they were able to reach an 86% destruction rate when they introduced acai in the culture. Dr. Talcott of the University of Florida further said that they are just beginning to understand the complexity of acai berry and its health-promoting benefits.
Although it is still premature to arrive into medical conclusions, there is a showing that acai fruit can help prevent and fight cancer. Research also shows that acai fruit is very beneficial to the body as it gives energy and strengthens the immune system. It can also help combat against illnesses and diseases caused by free radicals.