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So I wanted to start taking some health supplements to help with my workouts and, attempt at a, healthy lifestyle. I was not really sure on what type of supplement to purchase but recently there was a lot of hype over the acai berry. So, I did some research into the berry and found out several things about it.
Firstly, acai berry boosts energy which is what you need when you are exercising to make sure you perform to the best of your ability. It is also rich in protein, again great for working out as this helps with muscle building and repair. Just from this I understood that acai berry capsules where probably the best option for me. The only place I really knew where to get health supplements was from Holland & Barrett's. They are a great brand with the best quality products, so I knew that I could not go wrong.
So now supplement itself is great. I really liked it and I could feel it taking effect within about 3 days. It was really energising and made me feel great all the time!
I really like this product but the main downside for me is the price. It costs about £20.00 for 90 capsules. So, straightaway you can see the costs adding up if you are taking at least 3 capsules a day, which, may I add, the bottle suggests. Therefore by taking only 3 capsules a day you will need to purchase a new bottle every month!
It was my brother that first told me about acai berry supplements and he spoke highly of the benefits of taking them and so I decided to do a little research of my own. Having looked online it is clear to see that acai is described as a super food and can offer all manners of benefits but the one that I was most interested in was the fact that it is said to help with weight loss. I looked over to the Holland and Barrett website where there were a good range of acai products to choose from and decided to go for the acai 500mg supplement.
Acai berries are actually found in the amazon rainforest and have apparently been used for centuries for its many health benefits. It is said that they can help with anti ageing, lower cholesterol, regulate digestion, boost immunity and help with weight loss and so I felt that it would be a worth while supplement to take even if it didn't help with weight loss because I do suffer from irritable bowel syndrome and so anything that can help with digestion is a good product as far as I am concerned.
There are many options of acai products on the Holland and Barrett website and you can choose it in powder, capsule or juice form. You can get it with green tea or in a triple strength form for example but I decided to opt for the bog standard capsules which were the cheapest capsule option and I felt this would be best for me. A tub of 120 capsules will cost you £15.79 but they often have offers on and it is worth looking out for them. Currently the penny sale is on and so you can choose another item in the sale for just 1p or you could get two tubs of the acai capsules for £15.80 which is what I did last time I bought them.
The acai berry capsules come in a dark green plastic bottle which has a matching dark green lid. The bottle has a purple wrapper around the middle with the product and brand name and there is also information to tell us that there are 120 capsules in the pack, that this is a food supplement, that the tablets are 500mg in strength and that it is a "natural antioxidant and flavonoid". The lid has a flap on it which is pretty easy to open and then you can tip out the capsules when you need to take them. I usually find tapping the bottle a bit before you do this helps as they sometimes get stuck together in the bottle.
What I found useful is that on the bottle there is a little bit of information about the acai berry and it is referred to as the "power berry"! We are told that it is rich in vitamin B, minerals, fibre and essential fatty acids as well as being packed with antioxidants and so again I found that I was happy to be taking this capsule even if it wasn't going to magically help with weight loss of which there has been some debate anyway.
You are advised to take one or two capsules three times daily and you should really try and take it with a meal. You need to be careful not to exceed the stated dose. Now what I personally do is take two at breakfast, one with my lunch and two with my evening meal most of the time. More recently I have been a bit lax with taking these capsules and have actually ended up wiped out by a cold and I do think this is something to do with it.
I find that the capsules are really easy to swallow and they remind me a bit of the cod liver oil capsules my mum used to force us to take! The capsules have a soft gel outer section which is a bit squishy to the touch and this is so the acai can be released rapidly in to your system. It is important to note that these contain no artificial flavours or sweeteners, no preservatives, no milk, no lactose, no gluten, no wheat, no yeast, no fish and no porcine but they do contain gelatine according to my bottle. Having checked online there is a comment to say the formula has been changed to remove the gelatine and I would thus advise you to go along to a Holland and Barrett store to find out for sure before taking these should you be interested.
Back in the summer last year I started taking these tablets when I began a diet where I was trying to eat better and exercise more. I took these tablets daily and over the course of a few months I lost two stone. Whilst I cannot say that this is down to just these acai berry capsules I do think that they helped me feel more full and therefore I didn't want to eat the same. What I also noticed when taking these capsules was the way in which my energy levels crept up in general and so I felt as though I had more energy to do a work out. My head felt generally less fuzzy and I felt better in general. I guess you could say that that was down to the weight loss and exercise but I do feel these capsules had a real effect.
When I fell off my diet as I always inevitably do I also started to forget taking these capsules and I have been more tired and run down since then. As I need to get my diet back on track I fully intend on starting up these capsules again and seeing how I get on with them this time. I do feel they gave me and my immune system a boost and I have to say one week I actually went to Nando's one day, pizza hut the next and although I had been exercising and things I managed to lose 2lb that week which to me is impressive.
I have to say I do recommend this product. If you get it on the penny deal you are looking at £15.80 for 240 capsules and let's say you take the maximum six a day you are looking at 40 days worth of capsules. As I often only take four a day I get closer to two months worth from them and I think this is a reasonable price to pay for a supplement which gives me increased energy and seemingly a boost to both my weight loss and my immune system too. I would say it is certainly worth a try and if you don't get along with it then it isn't too much money wasted in my opinion! These are intended for those aged 18 plus and you should seek advice if pregnant or breastfeeding before starting these tablets.
Thank you for reading my review!
My Mother-in-Law is into her supplements, herbal remedies and generally looking for ways to support and improve herself and keep well through diet, exercise and the use of vitamins and such like. So when she told me about the Acai berry and how she was taking a supplement and also drinking it as a juice occasionally with successful outcomes I thought I would give it a try.
The Acai Berry comes from central and south America and has formed part of their diet for years, it has in recent years become more popular across Europe do to its perceived health benefits. The Acai berry has a high level of antioxidants that are supposed to help boost the immune system and help to protect your bodies cells from illnesses forming, though many scientific studies have been undertaken, this is yet to be fully proven or really understood, but many people have reported health benefits.
Acai Berries are also supposed to help with weight loss, though this is not something I am taking the supplement for, I have read of it actually working for some, along side a healthy diet and regular exercise.
I purchase my Acai Berries from Holland and Barrett when they had their 'buy one full price and get a second item for a penny deal' so this way it works out more economical over the long term, provided you take them and do not let sit in the cupboard and also if you think they are worth taking after a while. A bottle 120 tablets costs can currently be purchased from Holland and Barrett for £15.79 (February 2013). The tablets are oval and fairly large, though they are easy to swallow, they have no taste and are smooth to the touch. The bottle is plastic with a screw top lid that is easy to use, the tablets are covered by a protective seal the first time you open them and this is also easy to remove. The bottle is dark green and this will help to protect the tablet from sunlight and exposure, therefore maintaining its life span.
It recommended that you take 2 to 3 of the 500mg tablets each day with water and before food. I take 2 tablets per day. There is nt recommend daily intake of the Acai berries. As with all supplements they are not recommended for those who are pregnant, those under 18 or people who take regular medicine, a doctor should be consulted first to check for any incompatibility.
The tablets contain the following ingredients Soya Bean Oil, Thickener (Yellow beeswax), Acai Extract, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Anti-Caking Agent (Silicon Dioxide), and contain No Artificial Flavours, Sweeteners, Preservatives, Milk, Lactose, Gluten, Wheat, Yeast, Fish, Porcine, and they are suitable for vegetarians.
I have been taking the supplement for around 3 months now and to be honest I am not really seeing any great difference in my health and I have not lost any weight, I am generally fit and stick to a varied vegetarian diet that is healthy and I am not over weight, my Mother-in-law believes they have helped her feel a bit better all round, so opinion here is split. I think that overall there are other supplements that are cheaper and probably offer greater benefits that these, I will finish off the bottle, as they do not seem to be doing me any harm but I will not be buying any more. In conclusion, I would not recommend these to others, as they are expensive and I have not seen any real health benefits as a result of taking them.