What is Acai?
Açaí is a distinct purple berry indigenous to the Amazon rainforest. The açaí fruit may be found in some of the large palm trees that grow in the thick forest. Unlike cherries, which grow individually in trees, the açaí berry grows in bunches, more like bananas.
What are the chief health benefits of Acai? (all information comes from the acai berry website).
- Boosts energy levels
- Improves digestive function
- Improves mental clarity/focus
- Promotes sound sleep
- Provides all vital vitamins
- Contains several important minerals
- Is an extremely powerful free radical fighter
- Acai has very high levels of fiber
- Cleanses and detoxifies the body of infectious toxins
- Strengthens your immune system
- Enhances sexual desire and performance
- Fights cancerous cells
- Slows down the aging process
- Promotes healthier and younger-looking skin
- Alleviates diabetes
- Normalizes and regulates cholesterol levels
- Helps maintain a healthy heart function
- Minimizes inflammation
- Improves circulation
- Prevents arteriosclerosis
- Enhances visual acuity
WOW! This sounds like a miracle pill! These are lofty claims to say the least. Especially the claim to fight cancerous cells and prevents arterioscleroses. One of the major companies to sell acai berry in a juice is Mona Vie (Monavie). Mona Vie is a mixture of 19 different fruits…including the exotic acai berry. Acai berry is the foundation of what’s in the glitzy bottle.
But, what many see as a miraculous cure…comes with a price. Mona Vie’s cost? About 45 dollars a bottle. That’s nearly $2.00 an ounce. With a recommended dosage of 4 ounces a day…one bottle will last about a week. Do the math…that’s more than $2,000 a year. And your pocketbook won’t be the only thing to be effected; so will your waistline. There’s about 20 calories in an ounce, and that’s what they say the serving is. And, keep in mind an ounce is like two tablespoons.
I will play devils advocate here and say, that Monavie says that a 4 oz. serving is the equivalent of 13 fruits and vegetables a day. The price of that many fruits and vegetables every day would cost more than $45 dollars a day (now a days anyway).
Now we know a little about acai berry, now let me tell you about Purple Horror:
What is purplehorror.com?
Purple Horror is a blog that is entirely devoted to Monavie and acai berry. It appears to have been started in February of this year and is a place for people to voice their opinions about the purple berry. I assume the name purple horror came from the color of the berry and all the horror stories about acai.
You will find Monavie and acai berry bashers as well as supporters. It has grown so large that it sometimes is slow to load. But you can learn a lot of information about this little miracle berry. There are a lot of people who have left their 2 cents.
I’m not a doctor or scientist, nor have I tried acai berry, in a supplement form or in Mona Vie’s juice, so I cannot personally say one way or the other. I was just curious about acai after receiving so much email about it.
I think I’ll give it more time to see what else comes out about the acai berry before I decide to try it or not. If or when I do, I’ll be sure to visit purplehorror.com and leave a comment.
If you have tried acai berry we would love to know what you think of it? Hope to hear from you!