Why are açai berries a superfood?
- Açai berries contain antioxidants, specifically anthocyanins and polyphenols. Antioxidants are substances that have been linked to preventing or delaying some types of cell damage.
- Anthocyanins have been linked to some potential health benefits, including decreased inflammation, reduced symptoms of arthritis, and protection against certain cancers.
- Polyphenols, fiber, and heart-healthy fat in açai berries have been linked to possibly helping support heart health.
Açai berries and kidney disease
Açai berries are acceptable foods for chronic kidney disease (CKD), as well as for patients on dialysis. However, açai smoothies and bowls are usually prepared with fresh fruits and vegetables. Depending on the diet as a whole and potassium levels in the blood, one may need to be cautious about the potassium content of those foods. Discuss these considerations with a kidney dietitian.