What is Acerola?

Acerola is an herbs also classified as active medication and is known as Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry, Puerto Rican cherry, Antilles cherry, cereso, cereza, cerisier, and semeruco. It is a significant source of vitamin C in the natural form of ascorbic acid, containing as much as 1000 to 4500 milligrams per 100 grams of edible fruit. Vitamins C content is highest in the less ripened fruit and after harvest the percent of vitamin C can be preserved by freezing the plant. Concentration of vitamin C reduces as the fruit ripens. Vitamin A is another important nutrient found in the acerola, yielding as much as a bundle of full-sized carrots, or approximately 3400 to 12,500 international units per 100 grams of fruit. Once the fruit is harvested from the plant it must be used or converted into its supplemental form quickly because deterioration is rapid. Acerola supplements are available as powder extract to be mixed into water, fruit or vegetable juices.Other constituents include thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, iron, and bioflavonoids. It also contains phosphorus, malic acid, pantothenic acid, potassium, and magnesium.

Benefits of Acerola

Acerola comes with several benefits and uses that the research has identified. The benefits that come along acerola are as follows:

  •     It actively treats dysentery, diarrhea, and liver disorders
  •     It is used as an astringent and also used to overcome fever
  •     Used as a natural health supplement because of active concentration of vitamin C
  •     Enhances metabolic function because of the high concentration of vitamin C
  •     Acerola if taken in raw form strengthens the immune system
  •     Helps in coronary artery disease because it enhances the antioxidant activity of soy and alfalfa extracts
  •     Fights cellular ageing because of the effective antioxidant content
  •     Used as an antifungal remedy
  •     Used in topical cream applications for direct skin application to promote elasticity and collagen production
  •     Athletes use it to tout energy for athletic endurance
  •     Relieves gum and tooth infections
  •     Minimizes the indications of depression

By : Natural Health News

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