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Acai

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on May 22, 2019.

What are other common names?

  • Euterpe oleracea
  • Acai Berries
  • Acai Berry
  • Acai Berry Juice
  • Acai Extract
  • Acai Fruit
  • Acai Palm
  • Amazon Acai
  • Amazon Acai Berries
  • Amazon Acai Berry
  • Amazonian Palm Berries
  • Amazonian Palm Berry
  • Assai Palm
  • Cabbage Palm
  • Palma Manaca

What is this product used for?

Acai has been used by some people to help stop cell damage in the body.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products.

  • Drinking raw acai juice may cause infections.

  • This product may interfere with MRI test results. Talk with your doctor if you are scheduled to have an MRI and you are taking this product.

  • Take extra care if you are allergic to plants in the palm family.

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad loose stools

Where can I learn more?

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

https://nccih.nih.gov/health/acai/ataglance.htm

Last Reviewed Date

2018-04-18

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