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Acerola | Malpigia granatolistna (Malpighia glabra)

acerloanspAcerola exists as a single species under many names: the existing nomenclature includes the Barbados cherry, the West Indian cherry or the wild crepemyrtle.

What does the acerola look like and where does it come from?

The acerola is usually found as a sprawling shrub or more seldom as a small tree. Its leaves are evergreen and feature a relatively large cross-section while concealing the acerola plant's best: the fruit.

The Malpighia glabra originates from America, where its natural habitats are found in the central and southern parts of North America and the northern strip of South America. It can be easily cultivated as a pot plant in Poland, since it does not require any special growing conditions.

The taste of the acerola.

The fiery red and alluring acerola fruits are characterised by the juicy parenchyma and a very sour taste. The tempting appearance, the fragile skin and the ripe flesh win over the sour aroma of the Barbados cherry, making the fruits a treat to both adults and children.

If, however, you do not find the taste of acerola fruits to your liking, you can always get a dietary supplement with the Barbados cherry extract (e.g. Rosavit C or Bronchopect).

The content of beneficial compounds in the acerola

The acerola fruit has found medicinal use because of its valuable composition. The Barbados cherry is firstly a great source of ascorbic acid (commonly known as vitamin C). The acerola also contains provitamin A, B group vitamins, and microelements, e.g. iron, phosphorus or calcium.

Acerola – a valuable source of organic vitamin C

The term "organic vitamin C" is not only the epitome of the current trend for consumption of nutrients after a minimum of modifications. The issue of the organic origin of vitamin C is extremely important due to the effectiveness of the substance. The organic vitamin C is extracted from the acerola with bioflavonoids, which are the substances that prevent rapid decay of the vitamin. This means that organic vitamin C is more "active" and effective in action.

The acerola and its effect on the human body

The effect of the acerola on the human body is primarily caused by the action of the high vitamin C dose (100 g of acerola fruits contain 1400 to 2500 mg of vitamin C). Ascorbic acid is indeed an important component of enzymatic and metabolic processes, as well as in the synthesis of hormones. Vitamin C is known for its antioxidant properties, i.e. the ability to fight off the effects of free radicals (the substances which damage the cells of the body). Unfortunately, exposure to free radicals is unavoidable. There are effective methods for limiting the action of free radicals, also by taking vitamin C.

Vitamin C is also characterised by its effect on systemic immunity. It is capable of sealing the blood vessels and thus it boosts the defence functions of the body by protecting against attacks of pathogenic microorganisms (bacteria, viruses or fungi).

The active contribution of vitamin C in enzymatic processes (including the synthesis of collagen) often keeps the skin more supple and accelerates the healing of wounds.

What happens when there is a shortage of vitamin C in the body?

It is a known fact that the human body cannot produce vitamin C on its own. If we fail to regularly supplement the right dose of vitamin C, the results may include increased cholesterol levels, difficult healing of wounds, vascular damage, overall weakness, swelling, predisposition to bone fracture, disorders of the gums and pains in muscles and joints. A typical symptom of vitamin C deficiency is a syndrome known as scurvy.

When should we take acerola extracts?

The acerola extract is a valuable source of vitamin C and everyone should use this supplementation. Use of the acerola extract should start when you notice one or more of the following: difficulty in healing of wounds, moving teeth, descent of the gums, bleeding gums, elevated cholesterol levels, blood bruising, poor immune response and pains in muscles and joints.

A special group of people which require administration of large doses of vitamin C is smokers, those addicted to alcohol and the elderly.


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