Acerola has even 20 times higher contents of vitamin C than non-sprayed lemon and 65 times more than an orange! It can strengthen your immunity, treat hepatitis and other diseases of the liver, infections, flu, stress etc.
This type of tropical cherry otherwise called acerola (Malphighiaglabra) grows in West India, Barbados, Jamaica, Surinam, Cuba and other countries of Central and South America and it’s very different from the common cherry. It looks like citrus fruits, with a meaty part divided into slices.
In addition to being eaten, Acerola also has a long history as an ornamental plant. It’s been used in the japanese practice of bonsai, and in latin america it’s frequently used to decorate tables, kitchens, and living rooms. The plant typically grows to be 2-5 meters high, and its branches are thin and brittle, making it easy to prune and mold.
It’s believed Acerola first began to grow in southern Mexico, but its cultivation quickly spread into other parts of the caribbean and latin america as news of its usefulness spread. Research on the health benefits of Acerola first showed up in the 1940’s from Puerto Rican researchers and continues to this day.
The ripe fruit, depending on the type, can be dark red, bright red or orange. It’s crispy, with a spicy bitter-sweet flavor and its aroma looks like the one of cherry or sour cherry. The fruit is less than 2 cm in diameter and is composed of several tiny seeds with yellow color that aren’t edible.
The plant flourishes during the whole year, so it can have flowers and fruits on its branches in the same time. This fruit contains the highest quantity of vitamin C. Related to a lemon, it contains even 20 times more vitamin C and when it’s compared to an orange, even 65 times! Amazing 1.800 mg of vitamin C can be found in 100 grams of fruit. Thanks to the abundance of flavonoids, anthocyanin, and organic acids, the organism can use this vitamin C completely and its nutritive properties are also increased.
Like other berries found in the Latin american region, the acerola cherry is an excellent source of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are a type of flavonoid molecule that have been the subject of intense scrutiny by the medical community because of their alleged health benefits. Laboratory based experiments suggest that anthocyanins may help prevent or appease a variety of health ailments including cancer, diabetes, fibrocystic disease, inflammation, bacterial infections, and aging and neurological impairments.
A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry studied the anthocyanin concentrations of four amazon berries and found that acerola concentrate contained the chemical backbones of anthocyanin compounds cyanidin, delphinidin, peonidin, pelargonidin, petunidin, and malvidin.
The quantity of sugar is reduced to a minimum. American pilots and astronauts use it mostly to prepare some fresh juice rich in vitamins, which can strengthen their breathing organs and also helps to create skin collagen. Acerola can give you 95% of vitamins in a liquid form and with a further process, the liquid is turning into a powder and a concentrate is being prepared. You can obtain it dried or in the form of juice in the healthy food stores.
Since it’s abundant in precious properties, it can be used to strengthen the immunity. It’s also effective in the treatment of hepatitis and other liver diseases, infections, colds, flu, stress, physical and psychic effort. It has greater quantities of pro-vitamin A and vitamin B complex which help to destroy free radicals and it’s also familiar that they can lead to diseases of the eyes, arthritis and the appearance of carcinoma.
From the minerals, it mostly has iron, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. Potassium regulates the blood pressure and the heart work while the bioflavonoids and carotenoids that are also present in acerola maintain optimal cholesterol levels. Folic acid can help in the creation of new cells and protects the embryo from diseases and that’s why acerola is greatly recommended in pregnancy.
Acerola is a natural remedy for headaches because it has the same effect against pain like aspirin and ibuprofen. It can also help against fever or throat inflammation, stomach difficulties, constipation, and diarrhea.
REGULATES THE BLOOD SUGAR, PREVENTS THE GROWTH OF TUMORS!
A medical research has confirmed that acerola can regulate the level of blood sugar, decrease the growth of tumor cells and removes harmful radicals from the healthy cells. It also helps in different viral infections and also fastens the recovery of wounds.
But, in some people, it can also cause allergic reactions, especially if people are sensitive to latex. So, if you’re prone to allergies, consult a doctor before you start consuming this fruit and its products.