Acai: side effects

The açai (Euterpe oleracea) is a plant native to South America whose name comes from the Portuguese and means fruit “crying or secreting water”. Rich in anthocyanins, vitamins and minerals, it is useful for its cholesterol-lowering and antioxidant action. Let’s find out the features and side effects of acai.

Acai: features and properties

The acai is a fruiting palm, with pinnate leaves up to 3 meters long. Fruits are small dark purple berries, devoid of peel, but with a large kernel.

It is precisely the fruits of acai that are rich in anthocyanins, with an anti-oxidant action, and proteins, essential fatty acids, fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Acai berries, therefore, counteract premature aging of cells and tissues, regulate blood cholesterol levels, and are useful against atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases.

The high mineral content is useful for regenerating muscles, while the fibers promote the functionality of the gastrointestinal system, allow you to keep the colon clean and give a sense of satiety.

The side effects of Acai

Acai can have some side effects, mainly related to excessive or uncontrolled intake, such as:

  • vomit
  • diarrhoea
  • meteorism
  • skin reactions.

It is not recommended to take it in case of pregnancy and lactation, and to consult a doctor before taking it.

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