Acai berries are one of the most affordable foodstuffs in the Amazonian region of Brazil. In Hong Kong, a 113g bag of acai powder can cost almost HK$200. Photo: Alamy

Why acai berries probably won’t boost your sex drive or protect you from cancer

Hailed as a superfood by health and wellness retailers, acai is said to do everything from slowing the ageing process to preventing cancer. But there’s little to back up the claims

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Acai berries are one of the most affordable foodstuffs in the Amazonian region of Brazil. In Hong Kong, a 113g bag of acai powder can cost almost HK$200. Photo: Alamy
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Pavel Toropov

Pavel Toropov

Involved in competitive sport since the age of four, after completing a PhD in Ecology, Pavel worked in Colombia, Brazil, the UAE, South Korea and China. His love of outdoors sees him setting courses for ultra-marathons in Bhutan, powder skiing in Japan and guiding tourists to both the North and South Poles. He also crossed South America by bicycle, pedalling over 12,000 kilometres, alone. A former competitive distance runner, Pavel speaks English, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese and French and supports AFC Wimbledon, his local football club.