Well, I figured I’d give the acai berry supplements a shot myself to see firsthand how well they work. I’m in fairly good shape, so I wasn’t expecting to shed a lot of pounds, but I must admit that my diet hasn’t been the greatest recently, and frankly I just wanted to see if I could notice similar results to B5. The first week was fine, then the trouble started.
It started out as a slight pain in my abdomen, but over the course of the next week, the pain got a lot worse. By week three I was barely able to sleep at night because of the intense stomach cramps that started wracking my body. There was a sharp, throbbing pain in my abdomen that radiated out to my lower back. One night it kept me up until 7:30 in the morning. Not fun.
At first, I was skeptical that the acai berry supplements had anything to do with my pain. I don’t have many allergic reactions to vitamins, minerals, herbs, etc. However, the time frame matched up, and now that I’ve laid off the supplements, the pain is leaving. A little googling led me to discover than apparently a number of other acai berry users have experienced the same thing.
This is not a well publicized side effect, and I expect it is fairly rare, but it’s a pretty brutal if you get it, so I’d just like to caution any acai users that if you start to feel stomach pain, stop taking the pills immediately.