New research suggests that drinking a small glass of acai juice each day may help to reduce joint pain, improve joint mobility, and increase blood antioxidant levels. Dr Gitte Jensen and colleagues enrolled 14 older adults with chronic joint pain to participate in their study. Participants were asked to drink 120 ml of an acai berry drink each day for 3-months. After just 2 weeks, blood antioxidant levels had improved, and they continued to do so for the duration of the study. Final results revealed a decline in measurements of joint pain and improvements in the range of motion of the spine and other extremities. However, no statistically significant improvements in markers of inflammation, such as c-reactive protein, were observed. The potent antioxidant properties of açai berries is due to their high level of anthocyanins.
Gitte S. Jensen, David M. Ager, Kimberlee A. Redman, Marcie A. Mitzner, Kathleen F. Benson, Alexander G. Schauss. Pain Reduction and Improvement in Range of Motion After Daily Consumption of an Acai (Euterpe oleracea Mart) Pulp–Fortified Polyphenolic-Rich Fruit and Berry Juice Blend. J Med Food. 2011 Apr 6. [Epub ahead of print]. DOI: 10.1089/jmf.2010.0150
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