Acai and Joint Pain
Acai, considered as a super fruit, has been used to treat digestive problems including intestinal parasites, diarrhea and dysentery. Acai has also been used to boost energy and support the immune system.
New research suggests that the dark purple berries may also help slow prostate and breast cancer, reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, alleviate arthritis pain and discomfort, aid weight loss, and improve dental health and cardiovascular health.
Acai has been used in cooking, and it has long been used in many countries for its medicinal benefits.
Acai’s health benefits have also been studied in relation to joint health, and specifically its effects on osteoarthritis.
- Progressive, degenerative changes in cartilage structure
- Chondroitin sulfate shortens in length
- Cartilage develops clefts and crevices that eventually extend to the underlying bone
- Weak, stiff, and deformed joints
- Increased water content of cartilage
- Proteo-glycans break down
- Inability of Cartilage to repair itself
Results of Study:
A recent study sought to measure the benefits of drinking acai juice as related to joint health. The participants consumed 120 mL of acai juice daily for a 3 month period of time. They were evaluated at the conclusion of the study and found to have an improved range of motion, decreased joint pain and increased antioxidant levels.
The subjects were evaluated a number of times throughout the course of the study. They showed an increase in range of motion and levels of antioxidants each time they were checked. They were also found to have decreased joint pain. Given the safety of acai it should be a consideration in providing reduced symptoms for those who suffer from osteoarthritis.