ACEROLA AS A VITAMIN & ANTIOXIDANT SUPERSTAR

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  • Common names: acerola, Barbados cherry, west Indian cherry, wild crepemyrtle
  • Where found: ranges from southern Texas south through Mexico and the Caribbean to Peru and Bahia in Brazil. It is also cultivated in India
  • Uses: Treat or prevent scurvy. Acerola is also used for preventing heart disease, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), Acerolablood clots, and cancer. Some people use it to treat the common cold, pressure sores, bleeding in the eye (retinal hemorrhages), tooth decay, gum infections, depression, hay fever, and collagen disorders. Athletes use acerola for improving physical endurance. Used to treat anemia, colds, flu, diabetes, dysentery, fever, heart function, high cholesterol levels, inflammation, liver disorders, rheumatism, tuberculosis, water retention, wounds, diarrhea, fever, bowel inflammation, breast disorders, dermatologic care, and hepatitis. It is used to lower cholesterol levels, and to aid in recovery during convalescence.
  • Nutritional Values (per 100g of fruit)
    • 31 KCal; 7.5g carbs (1.1g fiber); 0.4g protein; 0.3g fat (43.1mg omega-3’s, 45.1mg omega-6’s)
    • Vitamin A: 753 IU (37.2 mcg of retinol equivalent)
    • Vitamin C: 1644mg (27x the RDI!!)
    • Potassium
    • Magnesium
    • Antioxidants
    • Also has <5% of the RDI for Pantothenic acid, niacin, riboflavin, & folic acid
    • Minerals: 11.8mg Calcium; 0.2mg Iron; 17.6mg Magnesium; 10.8mg Phosphorus; 143mg Potassium; 6.9mg Sodium; 0.1mg of Zinc & Copper each.
    • Contains Flavonoids & anthocyanins & polyphenols

Notes: Fruit deteriorates rapidly once picked, sensory differences within 4 hours, unusable within 3-5 days.