anyone tried acai? what were your results?

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survivor49
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   Posted 5/31/2008 5:13 AM (GMT -7)   
i have heard that acai helps with symptoms. i have not tried it, does anyone have experience?

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   Posted 6/1/2008 1:51 AM (GMT -7)   
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Kittikatt
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   Posted 6/1/2008 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Isn't that a fruit? I've seen an antioxidant drink that has acai in it that I've wanted to try but haven't been able to find it. Its call Wonders of the World or something like that. Dr. Oz on Oprah talked about acai, too.
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   Posted 6/1/2008 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I drink Monavie - a juice with the acai berry. It also has the juice of 18 other fruits in it. When I first started drinking it, I felt great and thought I found a miracle cure. It must have been a placebo, because my usual symptoms returned in a couple of weeks. But it's loaded with antioxidants and I certainly don't think it's harming me in anyway (other than my wallet). With the increased risk of lymphoma from Imuran and Humira, I felt the antioxidants might help reduce that risk. Also, I was eating very limited amounts of fruits and vegetables and felt that I was making up for that loss by drinking the Monavie. For the 1 1/2 years I was on Imuran and Humira and drinking Monavie, I may have gotten just one or two colds, so I think it may have helped me fight off infection to some extent. As long as I can afford it ($35/bottle which lasts about two weeks), I'm going to continue to drink my "swamp juice."
50 y/o F. CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, then Imuran 125 mg. Started Humira (very reluctantly) on 10/24/07. Ileocolectomy 4/08.


survivor49
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   Posted 6/1/2008 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   

Hawkflyer
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   Posted 6/27/2008 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been taking Acai now for about a year. I order it in straight freeze-dried powder form. I like it, it makes me feel good, sleep well, and gives me energy. Monavie is a very expensive supplement that turns out to contain Acai. Monavie is something like $40.00 a bottle that lasts less than a month per person. I believe it is good stuff and tastes good as well. I had two free bottles given to me that my wife and I consumed. It also does not list any ingredients contained within the drink. My wife did find out that the main ingredient is Acai and decided to order this berry by itself in that freeze-dried form. We both have been taking Acai ever since. It is part of our daily routine. Just my two cents worth.

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CrazyHarry
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   Posted 6/27/2008 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
i tried the mona vie stuff for like 2 months. i was taking 2 ounces per day (the recommended dose i believe). people that i know that have said it has helped them had back/joint/arthritis problems, not crohns. and they were taking at least twice as much as me. i didnt notice an effect. but then i had been on the maker's diet for about a year by then and had, imho, primed my body to such a point, eliminating processed and refined foods and other junk and eating uber healthy that i was in such a condition that i'd need an arse load to feel anything (no one i know eats like me - they all eat like i used to or worse, which is how most people eat).

the mona vie process of preserving it so the benefits of it last sound pretty good. i'm no food scientist, but it sounded logical. at least way better than the sombaza (?) stuff and others you find in the freezer section. those are questionable and are also loaded with added sugars, which imho ruin it. i dont believe it is flash frozen either, which when freezing is the way to go if i am not mistaken.

the real thing is getting it in a good, minimally processed form. this is hard to do. which is why the mona vie sounded pretty solid to me when i researched it. this fruit doesnt have a long shelf/storage life to make it from south america (brazil?) to the processing plant, and then shipped to you and sitting in your store for however long (same goes for drinks made from the noni, wolf/gogi, and mangosteen berries).

i dont know if it will help your crohn's or not. from my personal experience i didnt notice anything. but it is a solid fruit, so it may be worth trying. but it may help you as this disease is so individualistic. it may be worth trying, but i'd recommend giving it some time, like at least 2 months, before you decide it doesnt help or not.
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Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
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   Posted 6/27/2008 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I like acai and pomegranite just to vary my routine, but it is like drinking any other juice for me.
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Illy
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   Posted 6/28/2008 3:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had Acai off and on before being dx'd, don't happen to drink it now.  You can buy it frozen at a health food store, it used to be about $8 for a pound of frozen acai pulp, no sugar or anything else added.  maybe it's gone up in price.  I'm sure antioxidants help in general with any inflammatory problem, but there is no one fruit that is a panacea.  other juices in similar catgories:  blueberry cherry pomegranate cranberry.  In general, avoiding bad things helps 100% whereas drinking/eating super duper good things helps maybe 15%, that's my experience.

Marie-Claire
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   Posted 6/28/2008 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a hairdresser that has CD.... he swears by it. Says he just buys it in juice form. ...Happy planet or something...and says with his modified diet he feels that it has really helped him.
51 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.,RLS, arthritis
 
 


Veronica Ballerina
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   Posted 6/29/2008 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, Açai, is a typical fruit from Brazil, and besides being a wonderful font of vitamin C(5000 more than Orange Juice) I have never heard of its use for CD, though people love using to prevent cold and flu.
It is really powerful, if you are a feeling weak it will surely make you feel stronger.
That is my opinion.
Veronica Nunes - 27 years - Brazil


Illy
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   Posted 6/30/2008 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   

anyway, that monavie stuff sounds way overpriced.

 

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