There is a long list of foods that have been touted as "super foods," and the acai berry is one of the more popular on the list. Is this fruit also able to treat menopause symptoms?
What Are Acai Berries?
Acai berries are a fruit native to the Amazon rainforest. Not much research has been done on the acai berry, but many of the more extreme health benefits that have been attached to the acai berry are probably not true or have been exaggerated. However, as acai berries are a fruit, they are a good source of minerals and can be eaten on a regular basis. Like most fruits, acai berries are a good source of fiber, so this helps digestion. They are also rich in antioxidants, which contribute to overall health.
Why Are Acai Berries the New Craze?
Acai berries have long been eaten by the people who live in and around its native region. Acai berries have been popularized in Europe and North America by different companies trying to make a profit. Claims for acai berries include that it helps digestion, treats menopause symptoms, is high in nutritional properties, fights the signs of aging, and boosts immunity.
Acai Berries and Menopause
Acai berries can be part of a healthy diet, including during menopause. However, acai berries are not a miracle cure or magic solution to any menopause symptom. If your menopause symptoms are bothering you, it is a good idea to talk to a doctor to receive effective and safe treatment.
More about Acai Berries
Acai berries can be found in many health food stores. Usually, they come frozen or as a juice, supplement, or powder. Acai berries can be part of a healthy diet, but it is not recommended that they be used as a medication for anything. Click on the following link for more information about menopause symptoms.
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