The consumption of acai beverage (Euterpe oleracea Mart.) improves biomarkers for inflammation in individuals with the metabolic syndrome Conference Paper uri icon


  • Acai polyphenolics (Euterpe oleracea Mart.) have been reported to have antiinflammatory properties both in vitro and in shortterm clinical studies. However, the longerterm effects of acai consumption have not yet been investigated. The objective of this study was to determine the antiinflammatory activities of acai consumption on levels of inflammatory risk markers in individuals with metabolic syndrome. A total of 37 metabolically challenged individuals was randomized to either placebocontrol or the acai beverage group. Study subjects consumed 2 x 10.5 oz/day for 12 weeks. Measurements of body composition, dietary intake, and blood and urine samples were collected every 4 weeks. Overall, MANOVA analysis revealed a significant beverage x time effect (p=0.004) for proinflammatory markers. Participants in the acai beverage group experienced changes after 12 weeks in TNF (Control 16.87 31.78 pg/ml; Acai 3.83 22.00, p=0.0651) and IFN (Control 1.61 5.03; Acai 6.68 6.03, p=0.0308). ANCOVA analysis revealed changes in hsCRP (3.08 0.85 mg/L, p=0.002) and IL6 (28.5178 9.072 pg/mL, p=0.0807) by acai beverage intake compared to the control group. Results indicate that acai beverage improved the levels of proinflammatory markers compared to the control group. These results suggest that the consumption of acai beverage may be beneficial in the mitigation of risk factors relevant to the metabolic syndrome.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Kim, H., Simbo, S., Chown, J., McAlister, L., Roque, A., Banerjee, N., ... Mertens-Talcott, S.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Kim, Hyemee||Simbo, Sunday||Chown, Justin||McAlister, Lilly||Roque, Andrea||Banerjee, Nivedita||Talcott, Steve||Kreider, Richard||Mertens-Talcott, Susanne

publication date

  • April 2015