Based on an entry over at The Happy Hospitalist, I am putting serious consideration to giving the açaí berry juice a try as a dietary supplement.
Given the current state of my unemployment, this isn’t something I can just jump on and start doing now, but it is something I plan to give thought to, especially during the beginning of cycling season. See, I used to be in the army, and as a result of all that running, jumping out of airplanes, and such, my knees and ankles are in pretty bad shape. Just ask my ex-wife how much I used to bitch about the pain. Ibuprofen and I are old friends.
So I’ve seen mention of the açaí berry in Men’s Health, among other places, and everywhere I’ve seen it mentioned, it’s touted as a miracle drug. Normally, that’s going to put me off and make me wary, but I think that I’m going to give this one a chance.
Here’s the thing, though. I am going to be damned scientific about it. I’m going to give it a shot during the early part of cycling season. In late March, I’ll be back in the sports lab, getting a full work-up, and will have a bunch of very good cardiorespiratory information to reference. In addition, I’ll have my training log and will be able to look at the perceived pain following workouts, and I’d be interested to see how well this does with the quality of my rest, especially in relation to overtraining. So I’m going to go on the juice for a month, probably in April or May, then pay another visit to the
torture chamber sports lab and see how things play out with my numbers.
Should be an interesting experiment.
More on the plant/berries at Wikipedia.