It all started when Acai berry was claimed to be a miracle fruit that can help in treating several medical complications such as cancer and diabetes. Several years after, another research claimed that a different kind of berry can also provide the same health benefits and is more potent than any other nutritional foods in the market. The later discovery turned out to be Goji berries, and it has more or less, the same health benefits like Acai berry. But for people who want to stick to one berry regimen, choosing can be confusing. So what’s the deal with these two superfruits and how do they fare with each other?
First, let’s talk about the nutritional facts of each fruit. Researchers found that Acai berries contain doses of vitamin E, nutritional enzymes, minerals such as calcium, zinc, magnesium, and potassium, as well as protein, fiber, and healthy fatty acids. The main components of Acai berries such as anthocyanins and phytosterols serve as antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and help in preventing the onset of cancer. Goji berries, on the other hand, also have anti-cancer and antioxidizing components. It has large doses of vitamin C, essential sugars, essential fatty acids like omega 3, and traces of zinc, calcium, iron, potassium, selenium and other essential minerals. Goji berries are used to treat high blood pressure and help in balancing the sugar levels in the body. The beta-sitosterol and cerebroside components of goji berries control cholesterol absorption in the body and improve the quality of the liver. Goji berries also have higher potency in carotenoid than carrots and are found to be more beneficial for the eyes.
The next contention then would be the health benefits. Both Acai berry and Goji berries are found to treat anemia, cancer, and diabetes. On its own, Goji berries improve the quality of the liver, prevents high cholesterol, treats burns and inflammation and is a great treatment for sexual dysfunctions and infertility. Acai berry is beneficial for those who have hepatitis, dysmenorrhea, jaundice, fever, autoimmune conditions and diarrhea. This goes to say that the choice of which berry to opt for should depend on one’s specific health needs. In particular, people should look into the potential side effects of both fruits also. Yes, both choices have side effects that must be considered before taking any option. For example, the antioxidant in acai berries is found to have strong effects towards people who are undergoing chemotherapy, while Goji berries can increase bleeding even when a person is taking anticoagulant drugs such as warfarin. There are no researches which show if Acai berry has significant interaction with other drugs, while it was observed that Goji berries can intervene in the treatment process when it reacts with medications for high blood pressure and diabetes.
Many people who take either fruit base its palatability and taste, especially if the fruits’ role is for prevention and maintenance of physical well-being. Acai berry is described to be mildly flavored and is comparable to that of apples while bearing a characteristic chocolate aftertaste. To many people, it’s a good after-meal treat as opposed to Goji berries that have a sourer taste. But when mixed with food and specialty dishes, Goji berries are preferred by many. With taste much like cranberries and a hint of sweetness, the fruit could get into meals and snacks, making it more delectable.
Another issue between two berries would be their available forms and packaging in the market. While both Acai berries and Goji berries are sold as fruits or dried fruits in South America and many Asian countries, they are packaged differently in the United States and most of Europe. The health benefits of Acai berries can be availed as a supplement, beverage or in powdered form. On the other hand, Goji berries are sold as juice but they can also be bought in their raw form as dried fruits.
It is undeniable that both super berries provide health benefits when taken in regular doses. However, it is also important to note that since there are no proven medical studies about the treatment effects of both berries, it is still highly recommended to seek a physician’s advice before taking any of these berries. The physician will discuss the medical condition, side effects as well as the proper dosage for both alternative medicines.