Açaí Berries? Really?

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.

Here’s his impressions by week: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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.

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  1. If you fancy trying the acai, look know further than our website. We have been selling Acai for over two years and import the strongest format. Freeze Dried Acai Powder.

    The popularity of Acai started with a pioneer, that man was Carlos Gracie, the great-grandson of Scottish immigrants from Dumfries, who was born in Belém (Brazil) in 1902. In his early teens, a chance meeting with a Japanese immigrant led to his obsession with the martial art jiujitsu. In 1922 the Gracies moved to Rio and Carlos opened Brazil’s first jiujitsu academy.

    When a shop near his Copacabana home specialising in obscure foods started to import frozen açaí, he began to incorporate it into his diet and also to encourage all his jujitsu students to drink it. The jujitsu boys were pin-ups with the best bodies: everyone wanted to know what ‘miracle’ potion they were drinking. Soon Rio’s surfers became fans, and gradually the drink crossed over to become part of beach culture. By the early 1990s, no juice bar could exist without selling it.

    The boom in açaí over the last decade has had more effects than changing the eating habits of Rio’s body-obsessed men (and women). Scientists have discovered that açaí is rich in anthocyanins, the group of chemicals in red wine that are believed to lower the risk of heart disease. Swig per swig, açaí contains over 10 times more of them than red wine. It is also rich in essential fatty acids, calcium and vitamins. The synergy of these elements and the aminos acids help intensive muscle recovery which is why is so highly regarded.

    If you have any more questions please let me know and i can try and put froward more of the science for your training purposes.

    Regards, Luke

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