Acerola is a fruit with medicinal properties due to its high concentrations of vitamin C. Its fruits are not only tasty but they are very nutritious and rich in vitamin A, B-complex vitamins, iron and calcium.
The scientific name of acerola is Malpighia glabra Linné and it can be purchased markets natural product stores. The fruit contains few calories and for this reason it can be included in the diet for weight loss. It is also rich in vitamin C which helps strengthen the immune system.
Benefits of Acerola
Acerola fruit is rich in vitamin C, A and B-complex making it ideal in strengthening the immune system and fighting infections. In addition, acerola also fights stress, fatigue, lung and liver problems, chicken pox and polio. This is due to its antioxidant, remineralizing and anticosquetic properties.
These properties also aid in increasing the production of collagen, preventing gastrointestinal and cardiac problems and preventing premature ageing; as it is rich in antioxidants and it fights free radicals.
Apart from acerola, there are also other foods that are great sources of vitamin C and they should be consumed daily. They include strawberry, oranges and lemons.
Acerola is a great source of vitamin C and it is quite refreshing. To prepare the juice, blend two glasses of acerolas with 1 litre of water. Drink immediately so that the vitamin C is not lost. You can also blend 2 glasses of acerolas with 2 glasses of orange juice, tangerine or pineapple, as this will increase the amount of vitamins and minerals in the juice.
Apart from making the juice, one can also make acerola tea or consume the fruit in its natural form.
Nutritional information of acerola
|Components||Quantity per 100 g of acerola|
|Vitamin C||941.4 mg|