It is very hard these days to check your email, surf the web or even turn on the TV without hearing something about the Acai Berry. The Acai berry has gained international recognition as one of the highest antioxidant fruits in the world. The Acai berry grows in the Acai Palm trees of the Amazon Rainforest and is very high in antioxidants, healthy Omega fats, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Unfortunately, the Acai Berry has also been associated with some deceptive free trial diet supplements – that turn out not to be free at all.
A New Controversy over Acai Berry Side Effects
The issue with deceptive marketing of “free trial” Acai supplements has been well documented in recent months. In fact, the Attorney Generals in a number of states have taken legal action to make sure Acai is marketed in a clear and honest manner.
Now, a new controversy around the berry has popped up – potential side effects of the Acai Berry. It has generally been believed that since Acai is just a fruit, taking it should not produce any more side effects than eating any other type of fruit. Of course, if you have a food allergy to Acai that would be an issue, but for people without a food allergy there generally should not be any problems.
Mysterious New Acai Berry Side Effects Being Reported
In recent weeks a number of users of Acai supplements have been reporting side effects such as: dizziness, headache, upset stomach, skin rash and high blood pressure. There was great concern over why Acai would be causing these issues – then a report from Health Canada provided the answers.
Acai Supplements Found to Be Tainted With a Prescription Drug
On 12/7/09, Health Canada (the Canada version of the FDA) tested a number of Acai supplements and found they contained a dangerous prescription drug that was not on the label. Clearly, the side effects reported from acai users were not from the Acai, but rather the prescription drug that was mixed into their Acai supplement.
One More Reason To Buy From A Trusted Source
This latest controversy just drives home a point we have been making on our Supplement Secrets Exposed blog for the last 6 months – you need to make sure you are buying from a trusted and reliable company. You want to do your research and make sure that any supplement company does not have complaints from the FDA or consumers.
One way to check if the company has any negative issues is to use the power of Google. You can Google the name of the company (or the brand name of their product) and “complaints” or “FDA warning letter” and see what comes up.
You can also look at the various complaint boards online and see if the product is mentioned. As you are ingesting their product, you have right to know exactly what is in it and a little history about the company.