Acai Berry Frequently Asked Questions
Updated for 2022… I receive so many inquiries about acai and colon cleansers each day that it’s very hard to answer all the questions individually, but I do want to help everyone. This acai berry FAQ is my effort to document, research, and answer as many frequently asked questions as I could find about acai berries and colon cleansers.
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Navigating the Acai Berry FAQ
General Acai Information
- What is an acai berry?
Acai berries are small, dark purple berries that grow on large palms in countries like Brazil. The berry is about the size of a grape and is considered to be one of the healthiest foods in the world.
- Why is acai considered the #1 superfood in the world?
Acai is considered the #1 superfood because it has the highest concentration of antioxidants of any known food in the world. Fiber, iron, amino acids, and healthy omega fatty acids are also very important to our diets, and acai berries have high concentrations of them all.
- What are the origins of the acai berry?
The acai berry originates from the famous Amazonian Rainforest in Brazil.
- How much acai should I use each day?
An acai berry FAQ wouldn’t be complete without some useful recommendations. For acai berry pills, it is recommended to use 1000 mg of acai each day. This can be taken at 1000 mg once a day or 500 mg twice a day.
For acai berry juice, the package will usually dictate the serving size. Avoid overdoing the juice if it is loaded with sugar or caffeine, but a couple of glasses or cans a day can do a body good.
If you prefer to eat an acai bowl over pills or join, usually one hearty bowl per day is recommended. Depending on what is added to the bowl, they can be very calorie dense.
- Should I just let the pills dissolve on my tongue?
Yes, if you have melt-away tabs. I’ve also seen acai berry pills come in capsule form. You would just swallow those.
- What is the point behind the meltaway tabs?
Your mouth has a higher nutrient absorption potential than your stomach. The fact that the antioxidants just sit in your mouth and dissolve, says a lot about the formulation of the uptake process of this supplement. If they didn’t really care, they would have just manufactured a solid, hard pill. Another place that has extremely high absorption is your eyeball, but I don’t think you want to put the acai in your eye.
- When should I take acai?
You can take your acai anytime during the day. We usually recommend either taking all your acai in the morning with your daily vitamin or taking it in two 500 mg doses, once in the morning and once before bed. If you have the Acai Berry Select product, please be aware that it contains additional stimulants and should not be taken before bed.
- Will acai berries interact with my medication?
I don’t care what your medication is, if you have a question about it you need to ask your doctor. I am not a doctor and I can’t make that decision for you. That being said, acai berries are really just fruit. Most medications will not interact with fruit, but some will react with certain fruits depending on the nutritional content, so again if you have any questions ask your doc.
- How old do I have to be to use acai?
Well, acai berries are fruit just like blueberries. Therefore, in my opinion, if you are old enough to eat blueberries you are old enough to eat acai. For this rule to work, it needs to be a 100% pure acai supplement. I can’t speak for any other ingredients that might be in your acai supplements.
- Why, after I stopped taking my acai supplement for a couple of days have I been feeling bloated and gassy, and how long will it last?
This is probably just gas. You might be experiencing an increase in gas and bloating because acai really helps digestion, and when you remove the acai you begin to again feel your normal digestive issues kicking in. You didn’t notice it before you used acai because you have been living with it for your whole life, but once you remove acai you will notice how healthy you really did feel when you were using taking it daily. This is just an indication that your digestive system benefits from using acai. You will probably get used to this feeling again within a week or two, at which time it will feel as if it has gone away. In reality, though, you have just become used to it again.
- Does acai increase your heart rate?
From my experience and the information I’ve gathered online, all indications point to no. Acai does not increase your heart rate by itself. It is the added ingredients like green tea and caffeine, in products like Acai Berry Select, that cause an increase in heart rate. Get a 100% pure acai product if you are concerned about that.
Benefits of Acai
- Why should you supplement with acai berries?
We already discussed acai’s antioxidant concentration and nutritional benefits. You should also know that acai combats the free radicals that cause cancer, and in fact, acai has been shown to destroy cancer cells in laboratory experiments.
- What are the benefits of supplementing with acai?
Although they vary from person to person, some reported benefits of acai users include:
- A boost in energy levels
- Improved digestive function
- Increased libido
- Stronger immune system
- Better mental focus and clarity
- Better sleep patterns
- Enhanced visual clarity
- Relief from minor aches and pains
- Detox and cleansing
- Healthier, younger-looking skin
- Improved circulation
- Increased strength, stamina, and endurance
- Partial alleviation of symptoms of depression
- Increased workout recovery
- Increased injury recovery
- An increase in fat loss
- Does acai really improve sex drive?
Acai is not viagra. However, because acai berry is such a healthy food, it improves most functions throughout the entire body. This includes the body’s sexual response. With a healthier body and elevated stamina, you can expect your sex drive to increase and your sexual performance to improve.
- Does acai really prevent the growth of cancer cells?
Acai is not a cure for cancer. However, several laboratory tests have been orchestrated with the intent to find out if acai really does decrease the risk of cancer. A similar study was run at The University of Florida, which revealed that the acai berry did kill cancer cells in lab tests.
Acai and Weight Loss
- What is the acai berry diet?
There really is no acai berry diet. There are only acai berry products. If you search around you might be able to find a diet designed around the use of acai, which would essentially be an acai berry diet, but that wouldn’t really make much sense since acai is neither a diet strategy nor is it specifically a weight loss pill. Instead, you should use this acai berry FAQ to gather some tips for getting on a healthy diet and supplementing with acai at the same time.
- Does acai really help you lose weight?
Acai is not a magic weight loss pill. However, if you are currently eating healthy and exercising regularly, you should experience increased fat loss.
- Which part of the body does acai target for fat loss?
Acai is not a targeted fat-loss supplement. In fact, there aren’t any supplements that I know of that target fat loss in specific areas. Fat loss occurs throughout the body as determined by your body’s physiology. Once upon a time, I knew of a topical (you spray it on your skin) fat loss product that did help you to lose fat quicker in a specific area when following a strict fat loss diet. The only problem is that if you gain weight again the fat comes back that much quicker in the spot that you targeted previously.
- Will I gain the weight back after I stop using acai?
As long as you maintain a healthy diet and keep exercising, you will not gain the weight back just because you stop using acai. You might experience a weight loss plateau or decreased weight loss, but you will suddenly start gaining it back. If you stop using acai, stop eating healthy, and stop exercising, you will definitely gain weight back.
- Does acai really help you flush toxins?
Yes, acai is such a great nutritional benefit to your body, it will fight and destroy free radicals, it will improve your digestion process, and it will help your intestines rid themselves of festering food sludge that can potentially make you sick.
- Will acai berries reduce my breast size?
The only way acai berries will reduce your breast size, is if you use acai in combination with an exercise and nutrition plan. By adding acai to a proper fat loss strategy, you will lose fat quicker from your whole body. Since the breasts are primarily fatty tissue you can be sure that some of that fat loss will come from the breast area.
- How should I exercise while supplementing with acai?
Exercise 4-5 times each week with either cardio or weight training. Try a full-body workout routine and add at least 2 high-intensity cardio sessions to it.
- How should I eat while supplementing with acai?
If you want to lose weight, you should eat a restricted-calorie diet with carbohydrates targeted around workouts. Follow these 10 tips to lose weight pretty quickly. If you want to gain weight, you should eat a high protein, high complex carbohydrate diet, and supplement with healthy fats like fish oil and flax seed oil.
- What is the best acai berry pill?
Most of the 100% pure acai berry supplements offered online are pretty much the same. As long as you are getting between 800-1000 mg of acai per serving you probably have a pretty good acai pill. I always link to the best acai pill on my best acai pills page, so you can try that too.
- What is the best acai berry juice?
Hands down, the best acai juice is made by Sambazon. Sometimes you can find Sambazon acai juice in the stores, but you can definitely order it online. Find out more by checking out my best acai juice page.
- How can I get acai shipped internationally?
I continually update the links I use to promote international shipping for acai. If you are looking to get acai shipped internationally, please check out my acai ships internationally page.
- Does Project Swole sell, ship, or make acai?
No. All Project Swole does, is provide links to some of the best acai products we’ve used. We think acai is a great supplement and Sambazon makes the highest quality acai products anywhere. Contact the distributor of your product for any questions about shipping and refunds.
- Is the acai berry a scam?
This is a loaded question. Acai is scientifically proven to be a super food and it is definitely not a scam in and of itself. However, there are some acai products on the market that do not perpetuate the healthy properties of acai. This is typical because some acai juices are too diluted to be of any use, or are so filled with added sugar that they are effectively junk food on par with regular soda.
- What about all those acai-berry Google ads that appear to be blogs but only have 1 page?
Those are just a bunch of affiliate marketers putting up pages that claim some girl lost 30 pounds in 3 months using acai. 99.9% of those blogs are absolutely scams. They use some generic story about a girl that lost weight. The website appears to be a blog, but often only has one main page with links to buy the free acai trials. Many of those sites actually use the same pictures of the same girls over and over using different names.
- Will the acai berry free trials continue to charge my credit card?
The free trial offers are set up so that you buy the free trial for about $5 for shipping, then once a month the manufacturer sends you a new bottle and automatically bills your credit card for the product. If you don’t want them to bill your credit card or send you more products, just call them up and request to have the reorder canceled. I don’t know which number you need because I don’t know which product you bought.
- Why can’t I get whole acai berries at my local grocery store?
Acai berries spoil very easily. Within 24 hours of being harvested, room-temperature acai berries begin to lose their nutritional benefits. For this reason, acai is usually flash frozen or processed immediately into food or supplement.
- Where can I buy acai berry products locally?
You should check your local whole foods store for acai products. Nowadays you can find acai-based products in grocery stores and retail outlets, but they are not always high quality. Your best bet is to buy a pure acai product or an acai drink or supplement from a known quality distributor like Sambazon.
- Will the acai pulp work the same as the acai pills?
Yes! Acai is acai is acai. As long as you are using 100% pure acai pulp and 100% pure acai pills, both products should work the same. Also, you should try to find out how the acai is harvested. If the acai pulp is processed at room temperature for any length of time, it might have lost some percentage of its nutritional benefits. I believe Sambazon sells acai pulp as ‘smoothie packs’. They also sell acai powder and acai juice.
Contacting Acai Retailers
- How can I contact Acai Nutraburst?
The rat bastards at Acai Nutraburst are known for scamming everyone. They scammed me and I’m sure they’d like to scam you. I am very sorry I ever promoted this product or drove traffic to their ads. If they scammed you, you can try to contact them with the info below. Don’t count on anyone answering the phones though.
The contact information for Acai Nutraburst is:
421 Leroy Drive
Corona, CA 92879
Customer Support: 1-866-762-8701 (9 AM – 5 PM CST, Monday – Friday)
- What is the contact number for Acai Burn?
The contact number for Acai Burn is (800) 659-3588.
- How can I contact other Acai free trial retailers?
Occasionally I am asked how to contact other acai retailers, but there are so many out there that I often don’t know the answer. For the free trial offers, you will have to search for contact information on your bottle or look for some kind of email confirmation. If neither of those options works, you can try to Google your acai product by name and look for contact information that way.
General Colon Cleanse Information
Because I get so many colon cleanse questions, in addition to the acai berry FAQ we can address some facts and concerns around colon cleansing supplements here as well.
- What are colon cleanse supplements?
Basically, a colon cleanse supplement will clear out your intestines. This has numerous benefits and tends to make people feel a whole lot better after a month of colon cleansing. Read a detailed post about colon cleansing here – Colon Cleansing: Detox Your Body for Good Health
- What are the benefits of colon cleansing?
- increased weight loss
- increased energy levels
- improved mental outlook
- improved immune system
- assisted drug withdrawal
- increased well-being
- reduced risk of colon cancer
- decreased fecal incontinence
- ostomy care
- reduced spasm during colonoscopy
- decreased headaches and nausea
- My colon cleanse product says to stop use after 2 months, is that right or should I continue to take it?
Colon cleansers are different from acai. They are formulated to encourage your colon to keep itself clean. What we don’t want though, is for your colon to become dependent on the supplement or for your body to build up a tolerance to the supplement. Therefore you should definitely observe the directions on the bottle and limit use to 2 months. In fact, this is true for all supplements and medications: you should always follow the instructions on the bottle unless you have been instructed differently by a medical professional.
- Should I take a Colon Cleanse supplement with my Acai supplement?
The simple answer is YES. Put together the most effective detox weight loss plan by following the Project Swole Two Step Full Body Detox Plan. Using this plan you can get full bottles of Acai and Colon Cleanse, and you will learn which workout routine to follow in order to get the most bang for your buck.
- Do you still have more questions about Colon Cleansing?
Clear here to read more about colon cleansing.
Ordering Colon Cleanse
- Does Project Swole promote any colon cleansers?
Originally I had not intended to promote any colon cleaners, because I don’t use them myself. Due to the massive number of requests for colon cleansers, I now promote ColoPure Colon Cleanse, which is apparently the best colon cleansing product on the market.
- Does Project Swole sell, ship, or make colon cleansers?
No. All Project Swole does, is provide links to some of the best colon cleanse products we’ve used. We think a colon cleanse is a decent supplement that can be used from time to time. Contact the distributor of your product for any questions about shipping and refunds.
We recommend not to stake all your weight loss goals on acai or colon cleanse supplements. However, as you can see from this acai berry FAQ, they can both be helpful additions to your nutrition and supplement plans when you set out to lose weight. Combined with proper conditioning and a solid strength training routine, these supplements can help kickstart the process and get you over your plateaus and hurdles.