Acai berry and blueberry belong to the same dark-colored berry family. When comparing them, you will find they are not only physically similar, but they offer relatively similar health benefits.
Acai berry is a native of Central and South America while the blueberry is believed to have originated from North America and Europe.
Acai berry is a good source of fiber, healthy fats and antioxidants. Acai berry juice was found to have less antioxidant activity than blueberry juice. Acai berries are also a rich source of fiber, protein, and other nutrients such as Omega 6 and Omega 9.
The anthocyanins found in blueberry are responsible for its blue pigment. Anthocyanins protect the body’s cells from extreme damage. They also work with other vitamins to repair and maintain tissues.
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A 2005 study done by researchers from the University of Georgia identified phenolic compounds in blueberries that lower the risk of adverse health diseases such as cancer. Furthermore, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) explains how the contents of blueberry can protect the body from vascular diseases such as ischemic stroke and atherosclerosis.
A 2006 research done by Stephen Talcott and his colleagues from the University of Florida found that acai berries can help kill leukemia cells. They however admitted that they have to investigate further on the antioxidant properties of acai berry.
Acai berry supplements, extracts, powders or juices may trigger or worsen high blood pressure, swelling, intestinal bleeding or ulcer. It is also not advised for pregnant women and children because there exists no solid scientific research on the safety of acai berry products.
Lita McLeary started writing professionally for the "Philippine Inquirer" in 1989, a daily national newspaper. She has written for private online clients for over seven years. At present, she writes full-time for various websites. McLeary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts from the University of the Philippines.