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"Berry, Berry Good?"
Created on 8/18/2009

You can't open a magazine or stroll through a store without seeing an ad for "super fruit" juices like acai (pronounced "ah-sah-ee"), mangosteen and pomegranate. As is often the case, however, the hype gets in the way of the science.

Truth be told, there is very little research published having to do with these fruits. There have been some investigations into the potential benefit of pomegranate juice on a diverse array of medical conditions including prostate cancer, high blood pressure and atherosclerosis ("hardening of the arteries"), and a good number have suggested a health benefit. As a result, pomegranate juice has become a high-priced item. It is also relatively high in sugar (when I drink pomegranate juice I dilute it in sparkling water).

On the other hand, there are very few studies on the potential health benefits of acai or mangosteen, yet the juices of these fruits can sell for the same amount as a good bottle of wine.

You might enjoy pomegranate juice mixed with sparkling water as I do, but for now I don't recommend spending the big dollars often necessary to sip the juice from acai or mangosteen. Far better to enjoy the whole fruit of foods you already can enjoy for a far better price - foods like blackberries, blueberries, kiwi, and watermelon - until more data become available.

Be well.
Dr. Russ

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