Due to its incredible nutritional and healing value, Acerola has been long present in the history of modern and traditional medicine. The delicious superfood is the most potent known source of vitamin C, and its glowing red color is evidence of its rich antioxidants. Here in Sanbera, we are big advocates of Acerola’s health benefits and its proven abilities to boost the immune system; that is why our supplements have been architectured with Acerola as the main ingredient.
Also commonly known as the “West Indies Cherry” or “Barbados Cherry”, the edible seeds of this miracle fruit make it more closely related to the berry family. Acerola grows on shrubby trees, native to Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean islands. We, in Sanbera, source our Acerola berries from organic farms in the United States, where their roots are deeply spread in history.
Health benefits of Acerola
Traditional medicine has benefited from the berry’s healing properties to treat liver ailments, dysentery, diarrhea, coughs, and colds and flues for centuries; and yet it only earned the global spotlight after a study done by the school of tropical medicine in San Juan, where its high volumes of vitamin C were discovered. In a study by “Food Chemistry” in 2011, the scientists compared the amount of vitamin C in Acerola cherry to other famously vitamin-C-dense fruits, and it got first place. A single cup of Acerola cherries contains more than 1700mgs of vitamin C, and that equals sixteen cups of oranges. However, while the most renowned, the large amount of vitamin C found in Acerola is certainly not its only feature.
Aside from the antioxidants which we already pointed out, researchers have found the Barbados cherry to also contain impressive amounts of vitamin A, calcium, iron, niacin (vitamin B-3), phosphorus, riboflavin (vitamin B-2), and thiamine (vitamin B-1).
Good for the immune system
Multiple studies have proven that vitamin C creates the baseline for any healthy and functioning immune system, as it is a critical element in the production of white blood cells, lymphocytes, and phagocytes. Vitamin C is water-soluble, which means it cannot be created by the body, therefore the recommended daily intake of a minimum of 75mg for women, and 90mg for men is essential for a well-functioning body.
Consuming the daily recommended value can help you beat viruses, infections, colds, and flues, and fight modern-day threats such as cancer more easily. Studies have proven vitamin C to effectively shorten the period of sickness anywhere from 5% to 21%. It is not uncommon among doctors to prescribe vitamin C to patients with cold symptoms to boost their immune systems. A 200mg dose of this vitamin was proven helpful in extreme cases, and with elderly patients who required special care or hospitalization.
Experts have also discovered links between vitamin C deficiency, fatigue, high stress, and depression. While currently there are not enough studies to confirm this entirely, the connection does not surprise us. A strong immune system provides you with more energy, making stress management easier.
Good for the skin
One of the main factors of skin aging is the decrease in vitamin C concentrations. This depletion leads to a loss in elastin and collagen levels. Luckily, these changes can be controlled, and even reversed through a balanced diet that includes a healthy dose of vitamin C.
Acerola consumption can help fight wrinkles, and maintain skin hydration, as it fights against transepidermal water loss. Barbados cherry owes its anti-inflammatory properties to the high concentration of antioxidants, vitamin A, and again, vitamin C. its astringent properties make it a worthy competitor to witch hazel for treating blemishes and improving skin elasticity.
Vitamin A has also proven to be miraculous prevention for squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common type of skin cancer. The vitamin A available in fruits and vegetables is the most bioactive, and easily absorbed, making Acerola a great source of it.
Good for brain function
Acerola’s vibrant red tells us of its anthocyanin and antioxidant density. Anthocyanins are present in most berries, black tea, and various fruits such as oranges. Along with antioxidants, they have a great part in improving brain receptor functionality and preventing dementia and other cognitive disorders.
Aside from the anti-inflammatory features, the antioxidants present in Acerola manage free radicals. They also improve neuron connection in the hippocampus area, which is associated with learning and memory. Studies have proven the proper consumption of Antioxidants to be effective in preventing the death of nerve cells. A large and healthy daily intake of flavonoids has proven to better learning ability, memory, and motor skill. Several studies have shown that people who consume 2to3 to times per week, have healthier brain functionality, and are less likely to experience dementia, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s disease.
The best way to consume Acerola
The best way to benefit from the world’s most vitamin-C-dense fruit is by consuming it by itself and experiencing the interesting sharp, sweet, and “syrup-like” taste. Acerola ripens quickly, and it often expires around five days after being picked. Therefore, if you want to consume the fruit regularly, the best choice is to grow it organically yourself.
Unfortunately, the modern lifestyle usually does not provide us with such freedom. An alternative is taking powdered Acerola, which can be mixed in with smoothies, or put over breakfast bowls.
Acerola can also be consumed through supplements where it is present, as one of the main ingredients. Acerola extract is a permanent ingredient in all Sanbera supplement formulas. Our essential day-to-day women's tablets are made of 20.1% Acerola extract and our essential day-to-day men's tablets include 20.3% of it. Our night-time supplements are not excluded either, with 36.2% of Acerola present in reload time-to-time men, and 16.7% in reload time-to-time women. Sanbera products are a perfect choice for the modern person who wants to regularly enjoy the properties of Acerola and create the foundation of a healthier lifestyle. We all have a chance at a better life, when our bodies are healthy, and well taken care of.
Due to its incredible nutritional and healing value, Acerola has been long present in the history of modern and traditional medicine. The delicious superfood is the most potent known source of vitamin C, and its glowing red color is evidence of its rich antioxidants. Here in Sanbera, we are big advocates of Acerola’s health benefits and its proven abilities to boost the immune system; that is why our supplements have been designed with Acerola as the main ingredient.
Also commonly known as the West Indies Cherry or Barbados Cherry, the edible seeds of this miracle fruit make it more closely related to the berry family. Acerola grows on shrubby trees, native to Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean islands. We, in Sanbera, source our Acerola berries from organic farms in the United States, where their roots are deeply spread in history.