Acai Fresh Review - Does This Dietary Supplement Work?
Why has Acai Fresh been creating such a buzz lately? That’s exactly what I was determined to find out this past week. I combed through pages of information looking for clinical studies, side effects, the list of ingredients, and customer satisfaction reports. Then I read as many customer reviews as I could find in forums and condensed all of that information right here so that you can make a better decision. We hope this helps!
What You Need to Know
First off, Acai Fresh is a dietary supplement based on extract from the acai berry. When used once per day, Acai Fresh supposedly supports weight loss with the following ingredients: Acai Fruit Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Pomegranate Fruit Extract, and Amla Fruit Extract. The serving size is one ounce per day, and the supplement comes in fluid form. One pro is that users only need to take Acai Fresh once per day rather than having to remember a complex schedule of taking pills before each meal.
Acai Fresh seems to originally come from a company called Vitacost. While Vitacost has been around since 1994, it’s hard to tell if Acai Fresh is even available anymore through the company. There are many other acai-based supplements on the market, however. We like the emphasis on an extract from a natural ingredient, and Vitacost has a good BBB rating, but read on…
Our First Concern–“This really isn’t effective for weight loss.”
How can a weight loss supplement be useless for losing weight? Well, when the ingredients don’t support weight loss, for one. “At first glance, there only seems to be one ingredient used for weight loss, green tea leaf extract,” said our research editor. “Other than that, this supplement appears to be mostly useless. Reliance on folk methods of weight loss needs to be substantiated by science.”
The National Institute of Health said the following about acai: “There is no definitive scientific evidence based on studies in humans to support the use of acai berry for any health-related purpose.” Things aren’t looking good for Acai Fresh. Most of the other ingredients haven’t been shown to aid weight loss either, and panax ginseng only has the tendency to lower blood pressure. “Researchers who investigated the safety profile of an acai-fortified juice in animals observed that there were no body weight changes in rats given the juice compared with controls,” said the NIH.
“A Customer Service Nightmare”–Another Concern
Customers relating their experiences with Acai Fresh aren’t exactly enthusiastic. “I had to call them 8 times to get them to cancel the order. They did not refund my money. The product does not work. I called the radio number and I had to complain about the operator I was talking to. I would recommend that NO ONE buy this product.”
“I can’t even get anyone on the phone to cancel,” said another. “I paid shipping and handling for Acai Fresh over a month ago and still haven’t received the product,” said a third customer. While we can’t be exactly sure that Acai Fresh was, or is, a scam, it didn’t do much to establish itself as a legitimate business.
We’ve found that most customers won’t experience long-term success if the product isn’t effective up-front or if the company is a nightmare to deal with. If these reports from customers are true, things don’t look very promising for Acai Fresh.
Is There Legitimate Science Behind Acai Juice?
As we mentioned before, there’s barely any science for any of the ingredients in Acai Fresh, let alone the acai extract itself. Simply put, Acai Fresh hasn’t been clinically verified at all. We place a lot of stock in scientific research, and if a product appears to be a fraud or a placebo, we have serious concerns.
The Bottom Line–Does Acai Fresh Really Work?
Here’s our final word on Acai Fresh: We were initially interested by the product’s dependence on a natural fruit extract. It also seemed relatively inexpensive, and you only have to take it once per day. The lack of scientific data for the ingredients and the rough customer service reports really left us questioning whether or not Acai Fresh was even a legitimate product. Even though Vitacost is BBB accredited, we have a nervous feeling about the whole thing.
If you need a supplement that will burn some fat or shed unwanted pounds, we suggest that you look at products that offer proven ingredients guaranteed to produce results, not obscure fruit extracts without any verification. It also wouldn’t hurt to have customer support representatives who speak in a humane manner.
One of our favorite products this year is called Leptigen. It features a proprietary blend of four ingredients that have been clinically proven to boost metabolism and burn fat. Furthermore, the online user reviews look great and there hasn’t been any mention of harmful ingredients.
The makers of Leptigen are currently offering a special trial offer, and it’s always reassuring to us when a company stands behind its product.
Previous Acai Fresh Review (Updated August 21, 2012):
What You Should Know
Acai Fresh is another acai-based weight loss supplement currently promoting itself through radio advertising. Ads direct listeners to order a free trial of Acai Fresh from the # 1-800-300-9072. We had difficulty finding an official website for this product, or finding out how much it cost after to order after the trial. The supplement is taken only once per day making one bottle last one month. Claims associated with Acai Fresh include an increase in metabolism and better health.
List of Ingredients
Proprietary Blend: Acai Fruit Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Pomegranate Fruit Extract, Amla Fruit Extract.
Acai fruit extract is the first ingredient which is expected of an acai weight loss supplement. All ingredients are included in a proprietary blend so we don’t know how much acai the formula contains. Acai fruit is a great antioxidant that will work in the body to fight off free radical damage, but that does not equate to increased weight loss. Common claims made by manufacturers of acai products include detoxing, weight loss and fat loss. These claims are not proven to actually occur when acai fruit is consumed.
Green Tea Leaf Extract is a healthy, proven weight loss ingredient. Clinical studies have linked green tea supplementation to increased metabolism, like due to the caffeine and EGCG levels. The fine print on Acai Fresh claims the total caffeine amount if equivalent to about one cup of coffee, but different cups of coffee have different amounts of caffeine, so how much is that really? Too much caffeine can cause jitters and nausea for some dieters so it is important to reveal exactly how much is included in the Acai Fresh formula.
Panax Ginseng Root Extract is not associated with weight loss in any way. Panax ginseng is commonly used in Chinese medicine to treat conditions like asthma and colds. We could find no reference to fat burning ability. Pomegranate Fruit Extract and Amla Fruit Extract are likely included as antioxidants. Cleansing supplements will typically include fruit extracts because they can have diuretic and laxative effects when taken in the right amounts. We, again, have no idea how much of these fruit extracts are included.
- All ingredients were easy to find online.
- The price is lower than comparable weight loss supplements.
- Not associated with auto-ship or recurring payments.
- Only one ingredient is proven to improve metabolism.
- Acai is not a weight loss ingredient.
- No official website could be found.
Acai Fresh may not be a bad weight loss supplement, but we always question a company that includes ALL ingredients in a proprietary blend. There should be no reason to hide the ingredient amounts unless there is not enough in the supplement to be effective.