Benefits of Acerola (West Indian Cherry)
Acerola, sometimes referred to as West Indian Cherry, is a fruit bearing plant that grows to form a thick, bushy shrub.
The shrub produces tiny pink and white flowers that are a familiar sight in tropical and sub-tropical climates.
The crimson colored fruit is the edible part, and it is consumed whole or in juice form; it is loaded with nutrients, and has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries.
Acerola is a good source of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, and Vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, B6 and particularly, Vitamin C. As with most deeply colored foods, Acerola is also rich in beta-carotene.
Acerola contains antifungal, antioxidant, and astringent properties. It has been used to hydrate the skin, support the liver, and has been known to combat diarrhea and fever.
Acerola is distinguished for it's recognized nutritional value, mainly vitamin C, iron, calcium and complex B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin and niacin) an ascorbic acid, as well as an important source of beta carotene and other arytenoids contains antioxidant properties
Where is it Sold?
Acerola is popular in health food stores as a flavorful, berry extract powder, which can be mixed into fruit juice, vegetable juice, or water.
Acerola supplement is also as sold in capsules and as pre-made juice.
When the fruit is eaten in whole form it has a sweet taste like most berries, there is also a variety of acerola that has a more sour taste, but it is higher in vitamin C, so many people prefer the sour variety for health reasons.