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acai

(ah-sah-ee) ,

acai berry

(trade name),

acai extract

(trade name),

acai fruit

(trade name),

amazon acai

(trade name),

cabbage palm

(trade name)

Classification

Therapeutic: lipid lowering agents
Hypercholesterolemi.Osteoarthritis, erectile dysfunction, weight loss and obesity, detoxification, aging skin, and metabolic syndrome.

Action

In vitro, acai pulp and skin powder has potent antioxidant activity against superoxide and peroxyl radical. It also inhibits cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1) and COX-2 in vitro.

Therapeutic effects

Reduced total cholesterol levels.

Pharmacokinetics

Absorption: Unknown.
Distribution: Unknown.
Metabolism and Excretion: Unknown.
Half-life: Unknown.

Time/action profile

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Contraindications/Precautions

Contraindicated in: No known contraindications.
Use Cautiously in: Pregnancy.

Adverse Reactions/Side Effects

Miscellaneous

  • None reported.

Interactions

None reported.None reported.
Oral (Adults) 100 g acai pulp twice daily for metabolic syndrome.

Availability

Acai Smoothie Pack: 100 g acai pulp

Nursing implications

Nursing assessment

  • Assess areas relevant to rationale for taking acai.

Potential Nursing Diagnoses

Deficient knowledge, related to medication regimen (Patient/Family Teaching)

Implementation

  • As a food, the acai berry is eaten raw and as a juice. The juice is also used commercially as a beverage and in ice cream, jelly, and liqueurs.

Patient/Family Teaching

  • Discuss with patient purpose for taking acai.
  • Advise patient to notify health care professional of all Rx or OTC medications, vitamins, or herbal products being taken and to consult with health care professional before taking other medications.
  • Advise female patient to notify health care professional if pregnancy is planned or suspected or if breastfeeding.

Evaluation/Desired Outcomes

  • Decrease in cholesterol.
  • Evaluate based on rationale for taking acai.

acai

[ä·sä·ē]
an antioxidant extract from a Brazilian berry used in skin products and juices.
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Acai has received attention among food scientists, and now a variety of acai products--juices, tablets, capsules, and dissolvable powders (freeze dried or spray dried)--are being marketed to consumers.
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Cellphones have played an important role in equalizing acai trade; growers can immediately learn the going price at the Feira in Belem, as well as the origin and quality of the day's berries.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a national nutrition watch-group, issued a warning to consumers to avoid Internet-based acai scams, including offers of free trials, bogus blogs and endorsements.
Males' lifespans were almost doubled with acai (20 to 40 days) but the effects on females were not as strong (30 to 34 days).
Bossa Nova's acai juice beverages are hitting the shelves with a new label.
According to Marc Rachman, an attorney for Harpo, last year, after Oz praised the anti-aging properties of the acai berry, Internet marketers began to sell acai products with implications that Winfrey or Oz had endorsed them.
com), maker of the premier blend of the Brazilian acai berry, today announced the appointment of Yona Fichman as regional managing director of Eastern Europe and Israel.
Acai Berry Bowl: A delicious blend of Acai juice, soymilk, strawberries, blueberries and bananas topped with fresh bananas, fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries, sliced almonds and honey.
NP Nutra has received new kosher certification from Earth Kosher for more than 200 ingredients, including several acai extracts, acai juice powder, various acerola extracts, bamboo, beet, bilberry, camu camu, cha de bugre, chlorella, cocoa, coconut, cranberry, goji, guarana, maca, mangosteen, maqui, noni, pomegranate, spirulina and yumberry.
The acai berry is the fruit of the acai palm and is traditionally consumed in Brazil but has gained popularity abroad as a food and functional ingredient, yet little information exists on its health effect in humans.
Fortified with what company officials say is the purest certified organic and Fair Trade chocolate and some of the healthiest organic superfoods, the new varieties include Organic Dark Chocolate with Acai, Lemon and Orange and Organic Dark Chocolate with Green Tea and Ginger.