Acai berries in themselves look pretty unimpressive: they’re small, grape-like, and dark coloured. Hardly the stuff of the health food myth that’s going around making this little berry out to be some sort of superhero among health foods. But the fact is, acai berries are remarkably good for you! Weight loss aside, they boost your metabolism, make your skin and hair look and feel better, give you more energy and have loads of good things that make your body feel lighter, faster and better altogether.
The thing is, besides the natural berries themselves, there are loads of other forms that you can get Acai extracts in. The debate that’s in focus right now though, is what’s best, juice, berry or capsule? Here a few reasons for and against each of those forms, to help you decide what will work best for your lifestyle:
Acai berry juice is convenient and easy because you can just substitute it for your morning glass of juice. It’s also a great way to rehydrate during the day. Juice also tastes good, and is sometimes combined with other fruit juices which gives you the goodness of more than one fruit all in the same bottle. However, some users say that the added preservatives or synthetic substances aren’t to their liking.
The berries are easily available but also spoil easily. The benefit of buying the actual acai berry is that you can use it in recipes of your own, by combining acai berries with other fruits in a salad, or making a more creative use of them in cupcakes, puddings, crepes, smoothies and breakfast cereal combinations. The problem with berries is that they bruise easily and as said before, they spoil quickly as well. Frozen berries are available though, should you really want to try the fruit in its natural form.
Acai capsules are certainly convenient, because you can pop one no matter where you are. If you don’t like the taste of berries (and there are some who don’t) or the juice, or want to avoid the preservatives in juice capsules are a good option. Some capsules contain extra chemical substances though, which if you don’t want them, you should check what they are to avoid them. Pure acai berry extract capsules are available however, if this option seems the best one for yourself.
The thing to make sure of is that the product you’re buying, whether it’s in any of the forms listed above, is 100% pure acai. There are far too many people who have found out that what they paid good money for isn’t actually doing them any good. But if you stick to reputable websites and stores, with accreditation and some standing in the marketplace, then you should be able to find a good source for all your acai berry needs.