Native to tropical parts of the world such as Mexico, the West Indies and the Caribbean, acerola is considered one of the richest natural sources of vitamin C in the world. As little as three small acerola fruits can satisfy the vitamin C needs of an average adult, helping to support the immune system and prevent vitamin C deficiency related conditions such as scurvy.
As well as being rich in vitamin C, the fruit also contains vitamin A and small amounts of B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc and iron. Acerola contains the same amount of vitamin A as carrots, which are known as a great source of the vitamin.
So what are the health benefits of Acerola? Read on to find out.
Immune System support & fighting Disease Development
Acerola is full of antioxidants including polyphenols and bioflavonoids – both of which are linked with cancer prevention and cognitive health.
The cherries also contain the anti-inflammatory anthocyanins, which means they could also help provide relief from chronic, painful conditions such as arthritis.
Could Improve Digestive and Metabolic Health
Studies suggest that metabolic functions and digestion can be supported by acerola by reducing inflammation and providing essential nutrients, such as vitamin C and A, plus some potassium, magnesium, iron and fibre. Acerola cherries have also been used in traditional medicine for centuries, often treating stomach pains, diarrhoea and digestive issues.
Assists in Cleansing & Protecting the Skin
Due to its natural astringent, antifungal and antimicrobial properties, there is some evidence that acerola benefits the skin. It has antioxidant effects which can help control the spread of bacteria, reducing breakouts, loss of skin elasticity and signs of sun damage.
Acerola can help to reduce hyperpigmentation and dark spots, as studies show that these cherries have natural skin whitening effects. Plus, the high vitamin C content supports the ability to build collagen and heal wounds.
How to take acerola:
The dosage of Acerola cherry powder or capsules is dependent on the vitamin C content, however it is generally recommended that adults take a dose that provides no more than 2000 milligrams of vitamin C per day – this is the safe upper limit for most adults. Take a look at our acerola range here.