Hundreds of years ago when the Europeans made contact with the new world in the Amazon region, certain indigenous plants became extinct shortly after their arrival due to the lack of resistance to diseases brought over from Europe. Some of the trees that did survive were palm trees that produce the acai berry twice a year.
Why did these trees fair so well?
This fruit is remarkably rich in a wide range of nutrients and trace elements. The acai palm could also survive when standing submerged in water for up to a year. It is this ability to resist disease and survive that is also passed on to those who consume its fruit. So rich in nutrients are the acai fruit that people could survive on it alone for up to six months before showing signs of malnutrition.
One reason so little was known about the acai berries until a few years ago is that they are highly perishable and normally used immediately after picking. They are now freeze dried and converted into acai powder. Products such as acai juice made from the little purple fruit have only been available for about 7 years.
This has led to the University of Florida to conduct a study of the benefits of acai in humans. Its research was an important step toward learning what people may gain from using acai berry supplements. Study results showed extracts from acai berries triggered a self-destruct response in up to 86 percent of leukemia cells tested. Researchers cautioned that the study was not intended to show whether compounds found in acai could prevent leukemia in people. However, they added that compounds found to show good activity against cancer cells in a model system are most likely to have beneficial effects in our bodies.
The next study to be done by U of FL will investigate the effects of acai's antioxidants on healthy human subjects. The study will determine how well the compounds are absorbed into the blood, and how they may effect blood pressure, cholesterol levels and other related health indicators since there is still at least 50 as-yet unidentified compounds.
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