The Acerola, also known as the Barbados Cherry or Antilles Cherry, is a fruit that has now become well-known for its qualities. The acerola, which is the fruit of the West Indian Cherry tree, is in fact a bright red berry that closely resembles a cherry, with edible rind and a sharp taste.
A brief history...
The word acerola, derived from a Spanish word meaning "maple cherry", was brought over by the Spanish conquistadors who discovered the West Indian Cherry tree. This tree is commonly grown in the tropical zones of Central America, Brazil and the Caribbean Islands.
The acerola was used by indigenous South American tribes, who discovered its benefits in treating certain digestive problems and even snake bites. It was the Swedish naturalist Linnaeus who, in the18th century, gave the acerola its scientific name in memory of Marcello Malpighi, an 18th century doctor and anatomist.
Although the "maple cherry" was used for its many qualities as early as the 16th century, the interest from other continents increased only after 1946, when the Puerto Ricans discovered its high ascorbic acid (or Vitamin C) content. Since then, the acerola has one of those "must" foods plantation of which is strongly encouraged.
The benefits of acerola
Thanks to the acerola's numerous minerals, vitamins and trace elements, it has many properties with numerous benefits.
Its high anthocyanin and flavonoid (iron etc.) content gives the acerola an important role in the prevention of ageing. In fact, it slows down the oxidation of proteins and lipids. The acerola helps the body evacuate toxins and other pollutants. For this reason, it can be recommended when stopping smoking.
Containing numerous minerals, the acerola is an excellent food supplement for boosting intake of nutriments. It is particularly indicated for people who are very active physically.
The acerola also plays a role in building up collagen. This plays an important role in strengthening bones, teeth and even the skin. The elements in the acerola stimulate the body's defences. The acerola helps the body react better against microbes and viruses.
Thanks to its high content of revitalising elements, such as ascorbic acid, acerola helps restore energy levels to weakened bodies.
The assets of the acerola
The acerola contains many nutritional elements, but is best known for its high ascorbic acid content. The acerola contains between 1,000 and 2,000 mg of natural vitamin C in every 100 g.
By comparison, its ascorbic acid content is 20-30 times higher than that of the orange, which is the fruit best known as a source of that vitamin. It is interesting to know that the recommended daily ascorbic acid intake for an adult is in the region of 110 mg and can reach 300 mg for very physically active people or pregnant women.
This shows the significance of the acerola's ascorbic acid content.
This "Antilles Cherry" also contains Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2 and Vitamin B6. As if that were not enough, the trace elements and minerals, namely iron, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium add to the long list to make the acerola a fruit super-rich in nutritional elements.
Acerola 1000, Vitamin C of 100% natural origin
Acerola 1000 is an acerola-based food supplement.
It takes the form of tasty "cherry flavour" chewable tablets that contain no sugar and each provide 180 mg of Vitamin C (or 225% of RI*) of 100% natural origin, for optimal efficiency. Ideal as a 24-hour maxi-treatment.