EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - You've probably seen ads for products containing a nutrient-rich fruit called the Acai Berry. They claim it helps remove wrinkles, wash toxins from the body and even shed pounds fast. The craze has now made its way to East Texas.
Rumours Spalon in Longview has been selling an Acai Berry Juice for six weeks now. They tried the product out first on themselves and say in just three days, they noticed a difference. The employees say they had more energy and even slept better at night.
"We've had a very good response," said the owner of Rumours Spalon, Debby Williams. "We've not had to buy a bottle back yet. So there are people looking for it, and I know they've been selling it at different places." KLTV found different forms of Acai Berry supplements at Brookshires, Walmart and Drug Emporium.
ETMC Dietician Natalie Roberts says there is no clinical study that proves the berry helps you lose weight, but because of its high dose of anti-oxidants the berry can help people.
"Anti-oxidants are chemicals that are found in food," said Roberts. "They are naturally occurring, and they help you fight off cancer producing cells and heart disease." Roberts said the liquid form of the berry usually absorbs better than a capsule. If you do choose a capsule, make sure it is 100% Acai Berry.
Williams says she believes the berry will help everyone in a different way. You just have to try it and see.