Acerola is also known as the West Indian cherry or Barbados cherry. It is one of the fruits with more vitamin C and many medicinal uses.Acerola name's was given by the Spanish conquerors and comes from the Arabic Hispanic. And its scientific name is Malpighia Emarginata.

What is acerola?

The acerola is a tropical fruit that comes from a small tree or shrub that measures 3-6 meters from South America, Central America, the Caribbean and Brazil. It has a rounded red or yellow and greatly resembles a cherry externally.It is not well known, as it is difficult to transport and deteriorates easily.

It tastes sour and is best known for its vitamin C.

To get an idea, the orange is the fruit that is associated more to vitamin C with between 500 and 4,000 ppm (parts per million), while the acerola contains between 16,000-172,000, i.e. a two gram per 100 grams, then having around 40times more vitamin C than oranges.

Nutritional composition

Water is responsible for the most part of its weight, as in many fruits.It has very little protein, fat, and a little carbohydrate, yet its calorie content is very low.Vitamins: C, B1 and B2.

Antioxidants: bioflavonoids, polyphenols and anthocyanins (which give the red color to the fruit).

Minerals: magnesium, calcium, iron, and potassium.

Properties and uses

For its vitamin C helps prevent flu and colds, it is an immunostimulant and strengthens the defenses against germs and viruses.It is a great tonic for the body used in cases of fatigue, exhaustion, anemia.

It also collaborates in the production of anti-stress hormones like melatonin.

It helps cleanse the body and protect through its minerals and antioxidants.It helps form collagen in bones, joints, blood vessels, extracellular tissue. It enhances our skin and hair because it contains vitamins and minerals.

It has fungicidal properties, that is, we will use for combating fungi.Useful in preventing degenerative diseases and cardiovascular diseases.It acts as an antihistamine by vitamin C,improves blood clotting and accelerates wound healing.It helps reduce inflammation due to anthocyanins content, andis a good chelator of heavy metals.

How we can consume it

Fruits, juices, jams, compotes, desserts, juices, spirits, cereal bars, jelly.Many brands include accrual in their products because of the high vitamin C.

Secondary effects

The excessive consumption of acerola can lead to digestive disorders, diarrhea, cramps, and gas.

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