Acerola Cherries are a native tropical plant originating in the Caribbean and Mexico. They are well known for being naturally rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin C is vital for the function of the immune system, which is comprised of white blood cells, known as lymphocytes and phagocytes. These cells help protect your body against certain infections and viruses. Not only that, but Acerola cherries taste great too!
Acerola is commonly used as a source of food and juice. Due to the high concentration of Vitamin C within the Acerola Cherries, they are also used in many health supplements to help give the immune system a boost. Vitamin C is an essential micronutrient that the body doesn’t produce it on its own, so it needs to be consumed regularly in your diet to maintain supply.
Acerola Cherries are full of potent antioxidants known as Anthocyanins which gives the cherries their bright red colour. One cup of Acerola Cherries contains 1,700mg of Vitamin C. You would have to drink 14 cups of orange juice to get that amount! In fact, historically Acerola Cherries were used to prevent Vitamin C deficiency and to treat scurvy, a rare condition that can occur if you do not have enough Vitamin C in your diet.
Acerola Cherries also contain Vitamin A, another important vitamin, as well as small amounts of B Vitamins, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper, Zinc and Iron. You’ll find the Vitamin A content in Acerola fruit is about the same as you will find in carrots, which are well-known as one of the greatest Vitamin A sources.