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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.
References in periodicals archive ?
The 10% and 25% dye concentrations from the acai fruit did not cause significant functional or morphological toxicity.
Fresh acai fruits were obtained from a harvesting area in Manaus city, Amazonas state.
The acai fruit contains beneficial levels of the essential fatty acids linoleic acid and linolenic acid.
Unfortunately, very little research has been done on the exotic acai fruit. Freeze-dried acai berry does have high antioxidant capacity and contains polyphenols, anthocyanins, flavonoids and pro-anthocyanidins.
The acai fruit, for one, which grows only on palm trees in the Brazilian Amazon, has been used to treat fevers.
The second prototype combines acai fruit with soy, berry and other flavors.
In addition to lyehee berry extract, the product's ingredients include acai fruit, various tea extracts and resveratrol, as well as cinnamon bark extract, cayenne pepper, niacin, L-carnitine and conjugated linoleic acid.
In this study, the antioxidant capacities of freeze-dried acai fruit pulp/skin powder (OptiAcai) were evaluated by different assays with various free radical sources.
The phenolic compounds in purple acai fruit pulp were identified by high-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, and the two major anthocyanins, cyanidin-3-glucoside and cyanidin-3-rutinoside, were quantified by high-performance liquid chromatography-visible spectrometry.
In this study, a standardized freeze-dried acai fruit pulp/skin powder was used for all analyses and tests.
(2008) characterized the main phenolic compounds found in crude oil extracts from acai fruits and concluded that several liposoluble phenols remained stable in the oil during heating.
Impacts of refrigeration on the conservation of acai fruits (Euterpe oleracea).