Αcerola is a fruit, also known as the cherry of Western India. It comes from a shrub, the scientific name of which is Malpighia Emarginata and it has small bright red seeds. Rich in nutrients, traditionally acerola was used to treat scurvy, a disease caused due to deficiency of vitamin C.
Nutritional value of Acerola
Acerola is one of the richest and best sources of vitamin C. According to studies, there are 1000 to 2000 mg of vitamin C per 100gr. of Acerola. Compared to synthetic ascorbic acid, vitamin C derived from acerola is much better absorbed by the human body. The above property is attributed to the bioflavonoids of acerola, which affect the rate of absorption and excretion of vitamin C by the body.
The nutritional value of acerola is not limited to vitamin C. It also contains pectin, enzymes, carotenoids, lutein, polyphenols such as rutin, fibers, vitamins such as thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), proteins and minerals such as iron, calcium and phosphorus.
Acerola, health benefits
Acerola seems to offer many health benefits. Vitamin C plays a key role in the biosynthesis of collagen, carnitine, neurotransmitters, corticosteroids and catecholamines, as well as tissue composition and maintenance, including bone, tooth and muscle formation.
Acerola is considered one of the most powerful antioxidants. Its rich composition in vitamin C helps fight free radicals, reduces the oxidation of other important antioxidant molecules, such as vitamin E, and helps in managing and reducing oxidative stress.
Reduce fatigue and tiredness
Lack of vitamin C has been found to cause weakness and increased fatigue. The supplemental administration of Acerola can help restore vitamin C levels in the body and provides energy.
Studies have shown that vitamin C can stimulate the production of cells that participate in the immune system, such as white blood cells and antibodies, resulting in faster recovery from viruses and colds.
Many studies have shown that vitamin C reduces levels of histamine, a hormone that is been increased in allergies and is responsible for the allergic symptoms.
Some studies have shown that the polyphenols of acerola may affect the way glucose is transported and absorbed by the intestine. However, more studies are required to prove whether this property is valid.
Vitamin C, polyphenols and antioxidant trace elements seem to be responsible for the benefits of acerola in cardiovascular health, in blood pressure and in the reduction of oxidation of LDL, the “bad” cholesterol.
Other actions and benefits
Some studies have shown that the extract of acerola has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Thanks to the rich composition of acerola in trace minerals, many studies are pending to prove its exact health benefits.
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