A study at the University of Florida in 2006, demonstrated that Acai antioxidants could cause quicker demise, called apoptosis, of cancer cells (specifically leukemia)  in vitro. The university  published an article on their website, called “Brazilian berry destroys cancer cells in lab, UF study shows”. The article went on to say that the Brazilian berry that is popular in health food shops  contains antioxidants that destroyed cultured human cancer cells.  Published today in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, this study demonstrated extracts from Acai berries triggered a self-destruct response in almost 86 percent of leukemia cells that were tested. Stephen Talcott, an assistant professor with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences stresses the fact that Acai is one of the most plentiful fruit sources of antioxidants. Talcott also said. “This study was an important step toward learning what people may gain from using beverages, dietary supplements or other products made with the berries.”

This research has indicated a possible anti-cancer effect of anthocyanins and some other pigments.