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Thursday February 27th 2020

Acai Berry Road Test and Review

When it comes to diets, I have to admit I’m lazy. At the very mention of the “D” word I begin to feel hungry and deprived and, as for endless sessions in the gym, I use the normal excuses of not having enough time and being too tired. So when I heard claims that the acai berry is a completely natural new wonder supplement for weight loss – with tales on the internet of how you can potentially lose 30 pounds in 30 days – I thought I’d give it a try.

The açai berry (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a deep-purple-coloured, grape-like fruit which grows on slender palm trees, predominantly in humid Brazil. For hundreds of years rainforest tribes have harvested and used acai berries for their medicinal properties, and the fact they’ve been found to have 10-30 times more antioxidants than grapes means they’re being hailed as the latest super food.

Pure Brazilian Acai

Pure Brazilian Açai

The berries also contain high levels of fibre which can speed up the digestive transit and fatty acids that help reduce cholesterol.

There are several ways to buy and take açai berry supplements, from juices to tablets, but I was advised to look for the 100 per cent pure freeze-dried variety, making sure there were no fillers or hidden ingredients. At around £30 for a month’s supply, the capsules are not cheap (the berries perish within a day of harvesting, making the extraction of their juice extremely difficult) but beware of websites offering free trials as these often end up costing you a lot more.

I started taking my açai berry supplement twice a day, one capsule with breakfast and another with my supper. I decided to wait a month before I weighed myself to see if it made any difference.

I generally eat quite healthily but am ashamed to say I do very little cardiovascular exercise, plus I’m also partial to the odd glass of wine and slice of cake. So, in the name of research, I convinced myself to stick to these bad habits to find out if the acai berry had any effect on its own.

A month later and I was reasonably surprised to see that I had lost 3lbs – not exactly the dramatic weight loss I had dreamed about but not bad. However, I had noticed that my energy levels had definitely increased and I was even sleeping better at night (I occasionally suffer from insomnia). I had also been told on several occasions that I looked really well, something I had noticed myself: my skin seemed to have more of a glow and my hair looked shiny.

Now the three months are up and I’ve lost a total of 7lbs. My figure hasn’t changed as much as I’d have liked, but the energy boost, shiny hair and compliments more that make up for it and I’m still taking the supplement.

100% Pure Açai costs £29.99 for a month’s supply. Visit for more information.

  1. Original article “Worth the Weight?” p40 of Sunday Express ‘S’ Magazine (UK) Sunday 3 January 2010 by Victoria Gray.

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