Acai Berry

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2011-02-04 22:58:21 -0600
Started 2008-09-24 05:09:13 -0500

I love Oprah, and this is one of oher "super foods". I have heard a little about acai berries, but I really don't know what they do or if they work. Any one out there used them with any success??

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joni55 2011-02-04 22:37:18 -0600 Report

I just got a supplement capsule the other day at the pharmacy and just started with it. I have read it works better with a colon cleanse. I will have to let you know if it works. I only have the acai berry capsules for now.

Lori Dee
Lori Dee 2008-09-25 08:08:22 -0500 Report

The Republic of Tea has a acai loose tea (better than bagged, in my opinion, by far) that I've been thinking of trying. Their superfruit teas are great.

kdroberts 2008-09-24 08:46:49 -0500 Report

It's one of those interesting things. From what I understand, it's about a third fat and because of that it degrades very quickly after being picked. So quick that it can't be imported to the US as fresh fruit, or really anywhere outside it's growing region - Brazil, Peru and Belize mostly. It also has a whole bunch of health claims that have mixed study results.

Now, onto the important stuff. MonaVie is probably the biggest supplier to the US market. It's an acai drink that they use powder and pulp for. It has had huge criticism about the price and business practices. The FDA have complained to them before, the founder has had a similar business shut down by the FDA before, if you look at the marketing it looks suspiciously like a pyramid scheme and it really touts some very unproven medical claims.

Does it work? I've got no idea. I've not head it does from anyone that has used it. Almost all the 'good stuff' that's in the berry can be got via other sources, various oils (olive, safflower, palm, plus more), blueberries, grapes, nuts, soy beans, wheat germ and many more. I've also heard that the pure stuff that hasn't got things added doesn't taste very good, but I have no idea.

GabbyPA 2008-09-24 09:08:27 -0500 Report

That is kind of what I figured. Anything that has celebrities attached to it automatically throws a flag for me, but I like Oprah and was curious. I will just stick to my olive oil and berries for now then. Thanks

gabussear 2008-10-09 14:45:33 -0500 Report

Does MonaVie work? The answer is yes! At least for us. Below is a capsule of Abbye's story as viewed through my eyes,Gary, her husband. We spent a couple thousand dollars trying this and that. Different products and therapy to reduce her neuropathy pain and got no where.

Is it expensive? To us Yes, but what price do you put on pain? We just adjusted or spending to afford it. Like I said, what price do you put on pain.

As for the company. Each person has their own view and we will not get into that arena. "It Is A Good Product". We did become distributors so that we could purchase at the wholsale price. It is worth it to us.
When you read her story you will understand. This has been posted once before but so you won't have to hunt for it we will re-post it here.


July 5, 2007
9 pm

Greetings Everyone,

We are Gary and Abbye Bussear and the following is Abbye's testimony of her battle with severe Neuropathy in her back, hands, legs and feet. There is much more to this story but we just want to concentrate on the neuropathy and pain for now.

A little History:
Abbye is a diabetic, type II, and has been for18 years. Taking insulin for 7 years. Testing her sugar 5 times a day and 5 insulin shot every day. She suffers with severe Neuropathy and pain in her back, hands, legs and feet. This has been constant for at least the last 7 years.

I cringe whenever I hear her describe what her pain feels like. She says it is just like someone has her feet and legs in a vice and just keeps tightening the vice on them. It doesn't let up. She has been on Tramadol for the last 7 years, 1 pill 4 times a day. She can't walk very far without stopping and giving her feet and legs a rest.

We found a nutritional company, well respected, who manufactures an immune building complex and tried her on this. It did help some; she said it did reduce her pain by about 50%. Abbye has been taking this for about 3 years. However I still see her in tears from the pain from time to time.

Abbye didn’t realize this was happening, but I used watch her sit on the couch in the living room and just stare off into space. All I could see in her eyes was the pain. I watched as she slid deeper and deeper into depression. I actually began to think that I was going to loose her. I was frantic as there was nothing I could do. I was helpless!!

I have put in hours and hour of research on the Internet hunting for something that would relieve this pain she lives with daily. We have tried numerous different things but nothing would deliver what they claimed. We tried it all, pills, powders including nerve stimulant therapy, you name it we looked at it or tried it.

Until Friday June 29, 2007. It just so happened on this day I had a carpenter working with me, we were talking about pain and he began to tell me about a product he was taking. He got hurt about 4 years ago and had to have back surgery. He said he was in constant pain after the surgery. Taking 4 to 6 Lora Tabs a day just to handle the pain. He told me that after taking this new product for about a week and a half his pain was gone and he didn't need the Lora Tabs anymore. He is now pain free! I began to ask questions and decided to order it for Abbye, after all we had nothing to loose at this point.
The beauty of this? The product is natural. No blank, blank chemicals! and decided to order it for Abbye, after all we had nothing to loose at this point. The beauty of this? The product is natural. No blank, blank chemicals!

A New Beginning:
This is how it goes: On June 29, 2007 at 6 pm we placed an order for this new product. They said shipping time was 7 to 10 business days. We checked UPS tracking on July 3rd and saw it was scheduled to be delivered around 6 pm that evening. Product was delivered. At 7:15 pm we took 2 ounces each. The taste is scrumptious! Yes, I'm taking it too. My story later.

On July 4 Th around 10 AM we each took 1 oz. Around noon as we were headed out the door to a cook out with our children when Abbye said to me, "You know what? My feet aren't hurting" No Pain !! Which was strange, as she had been standing for 2 hours the night before and an hour and a half in the kitchen this morning preparing food to take with us.

We just looked at each other and said Nah! "Ain't No Way". I know the grammar isn't good but it expresses' it the best. Anyway we enjoyed the 4th. At 7pm we each took another oz.. Abbye wanted to go to the fireworks that evening so off we went. Still no pain, with plenty of energy to spare. Where we had to park was about a quarter of a mile away. We walked in, watched the fireworks and walked back to the truck and came home. She wasn't tired, wasn't hurting and had a huge smile on her face. She said this is the best day I have had in years. I had so much fun. ( Folks that was music to these tired old ears and brought tears to my eyes) as she said. "I still don't have any pain". We went to bed and she slept all night without waking up in pain.

I talked to some other people who are taking this product and they are getting the same amazing result. After looking for soooo long this truly is a Miracle.

Thank you for reading this as we realize this was rather lengthy but what you read here is a true-life experience. I’m sure there are many other stories out there that can demonstrate just how devastating this disease can be. For those who are in denial or don’t want to take care of their diabetes “Please” understand, you must do what is necessary to stop it from progressing. If you don’t “You Will Pay The Price”!! You don’t need to.

What Could Proper Care It Do For You!

We leave you praying that you might find a healthier, happy life also. BE HEALTHY EVERYDAY!!

Gary & Abbye Bussear, Cocoa, Florida small Send us an email if you have any questions or we can help you in any way.

P.S. - As of this day Abbye is still pain free and very happy. I would sell all I have just to keep her this way.

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