Avoid use if hypersensitivity to any acai palm components exists.
Since Acai is high in potassium. If you take prescription blood pressure meds, you should
check with your doctor before consuming natural juices that may be high in potassium,
including Acai, to avoid the potential of creating abnormal levels of potassium in your
Due to its theobromine content, acai can be seen as a stimulant, creating a feeling of
increased energy and increased autonomic activation. Thus, as with any stimulant
(caffeine, nicotine, etc) it is prudent to maintain an awareness of the level of one's
consumption and make an effort not to consume acai in excess.
Additionally, those with a stimulant intolerance (usually this is identified by noticing a
sensitivity to caffeine) may want to avoid acai, as it may cause them to experience heart
palpitations or difficulty in falling asleep. Aside from the possibility of this side
effect, there are no known acai side effects that have been reported upon since acai has
become popularized in the Western world.
People point to acai's long use historically in Brazil as a reason for the lack of acai
side effects, often saying that if it has any noticeable negative effects, it would not
have enjoyed such popularity amongst the Brazilian people.
Although acai by itself is entirely safe, many people tend to misuse acai, which is in
fact quite dangerous. Because of the weight loss properties of acai, it is not terribly
uncommon for people to take their use of acai to an extreme and unhealthy place.
Dieters have gone on diets or cleanses of exclusively acai, and this can be highly
problematic. Fasting or drastically reducing food intake deprives an individual of a
healthy diet and adequate nutrient intake. In so doing, it can cause a number of rather
serious health problems, in addition to putting intense stress upon the body and major
organs including the brain and heart.
If acai is used in this manner, specific problems that have been known to develop include:
- weakness / fatigue
While these are not acai side effects per se, this is something to take note of if you are
intending to begin consuming this berry.
Additionally, it is essential that people understand that the body has two modes of
"running", so to speak, and when it is deprived of calories for too long, the body behaves
in a manner that is entirely counterproductive to maintenance of a healthy lifestyle and
is more likely to impedeweight loss than to promote it.
Acai by itself is quite safe and has been proven to be effective in providing a number of
nutrients and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Because it is a food, it presents no
particular risk of acai side effects, adverse reactions or negative effects.
However, it is essential to note that acai is often mixed with other things in nutritional
supplements (which may have more drastic side effects), and reading the label of all
supplements is absolutely necessary.
As with any change in diet or decision to take a nutritional supplement, it is ideal that
every individual has a discussion with his or her natural health practitioner about the
pros and cons of this decision and any risks that may be presented by his or her personal