Acerola is sometimes referred to as acerola berry or acerola cherry. Rich in antioxidants (including vitamin C and anthocyanins), acerola is often sold in supplement and juice form.
Acerola gel is a beauty product said to improve skin tone and heal sun-damaged skin.
Acerola cherry, along with being eaten fresh, is used to flavour drinks. Acerola cherry contains high levels of vitamin A, folate, vitamin C and potassium.
Vitamin A improves our vision and removes free radicals from the body. Vitamin C repairs tissue, and helps prevent heart disease and cancer.
The potassium found in acerola cherries regulates blood pressure and heart function and can even elevate our mood.
Some other health benefits of acerola cherries emerging from folk medicine are that acerola cherries: help in relieve sore throat, fever, constipation, scurvy, diarrhoea and liver disorders.
Vitamin C is an essential dietary nutrient, playing a role in immune system health.
It is also important in the synthesis of collagen, a structural component of bone, skin and blood vessels as well as the synthesis of brain chemicals involved in mood regulation.
The actual fruit of the plant, which is used in the manufacture of supplements, is a bright red or yellow-orange, cherry sized lobe containing small seeds. The pulp of the fruit offers a delicately sweet aroma and taste but is acidic.
Acerola cherry benefits can even aid weight loss. Not only is it low in calories, fat, and sodium, it’s high in nutrition.
In addition, it speeds your metabolism and regulates cholesterol and blood sugar levels; it helps reduce your risk of obesity and supports your weight loss goals.
The dietary fiber in acerola cherry helps clear waste from the intestines, thereby soothing constipation, diarrhoea, and many kidney and liver conditions.
Acerola cherry benefits can even activate anti-stress hormones, making the fruit a useful treat when depressed or anxious.