Acerola, also known as Malpighia Glabra/Emarginata, is a shrub or small tree that bears a delicious cherry-like fruit, which is why you usually hear the term “acerola cherry”, rather than just acerola. Native to Mexico, South America, and Central America, this fruit has been prized for thousands of years by various indigenous cultures.
Acerola is an excellent source of vitamin C and can help heal the common cold, hay fever, tooth decay, and gum infections. Thanks to its high vitamin C content, the berry comes with major health benefits1:
1. Prevents Scurvy
Modern cases of scurvy are rare, but it can still affect people who do not consume enough vitamin C, or ascorbic acid2. It can lead to anemia, debility, exhaustion, spontaneous bleeding, pain in the limbs, swelling in some parts of the body, and sometimes ulceration of the gums and loss of teeth.
2. Enhances Your Immune System
It’s no secret that vitamin C is great for your immune system. But did you know that acerola is better than oranges for your immune system? Drinking 180 milliliters of acerola juice gives you the same amount of vitamin C as 14 liters of orange juice!
Vitamin C helps your immune system fight against inflammation, pain, degenerative diseases, and cancer.
3. Provides Antioxidants
Vitamin C is full of antioxidants that help remove free radicals from your body that can damage your DNA, cellular proteins and membranes. According to several studies, free radicals can cause cancer3.
Antioxidants seek out free radicals and neutralize them. With millions of people dying from cancer every year, it’s important to do what you can to limit your chances of getting the disease.
4. Improves Collagen Production
Vitamin C is needed for making collagen, an important component in connective tissues4. Collagen is a protein that you can find in your skin, bones, cartilage, muscles, and ligaments. Collagen promotes skin elasticity and helps prevent wrinkles.
As you age, the cartilage in your body deteriorates and can cause stiff joints. However, you can combat joint pain by boosting your collagen level.
5. Aids Weight Loss
Want to shed a few pounds? The acerola cherry is low in fat, calories, and sodium. It also speeds up the metabolism and reduces the risk of obesity.
With the combination of B and C vitamins, acerola can help you lose weight quicker and easier.
6. Lowers Blood Pressure
Shockingly, many Americans suffer from high blood pressure. It’s one of the leading causes of death, but it is preventable.
If you have high blood pressure, you could benefit from vitamin C found in acerola. But if you have normal blood pressure, the berry can prevent you from developing high blood pressure.
Vitamin C makes it easier for blood to get to your heart by reducing the pressure in your vessels.
To make sure that you are getting enough vitamin C, we recommend taking NATURELO’s vitamin C supplement with Organic Acerola Cherry and Citrus Bioflavonoids daily.
1. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814610014019, Vitamin C and carotenoids in organic and conventional fruits grown in Brazil, 15 May 2011
2. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/155758.php, Everything you need to know about scurvy, 5 December 2017
3. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/antioxidants-fact-sheet, Antioxidants and Cancer Prevention
4. https://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/351376, Oral Supplementation of Specific Collagen Peptides Has Beneficial Effects on Human Skin Physiology: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study