The Power Of Acerola Cherries

Category: Health  

They’re small, red, and tasty, but they’re not true cherries. Acerola “cherries” are also known as Barbados or West Indian cherries, among other names, or simply “acerola.”

They are believed to have originated in Mexico and the Caribbean and grow chiefly in tropical climates. Their nutritional content includes Vitamin A, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, A trifecta of B’s: B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin), Vitamin C and antioxidants.

Current research supports acerola’s high vitamin C and antioxidant content as being most effective in maintaining a robust immune system:

Acerola cherries ace vitamin C delivery

Lock up those free radicals and toss away the key:

The antioxidants in acerola cherries are the sworn enemies of free radicals, those harmful molecules that float around in your body and can cause oxidative stress. Oxidative stress has been studied for its implication in many chronic diseases as well as inflammation. Having a good daily source of vitamin C can increase your body’s natural defenses against these agents of harm.*

Reversing (and preventing) high blood pressure:

Acerola cherries are like chill pills for your blood vessels--they keep them nice and relaxed. That means they don’t have to work so hard pumping blood around your body, and that leads to lower blood pressure levels. High blood pressure has been implicated in heart disease. If your blood pressure is elevated you want to lower it, and if it’s already at a healthy level you want to keep it that way. Acerola cherries are not the only thing that keeps your BP down, but it is a useful helpmate to other healthy lifestyle choices.*

Reduces risk factors for heart disease:

High blood pressure is just one risk factor for heart disease. Low levels of HDL, the “good” cholesterol, high levels of LDL, the “bad” cholesterol, and high triglyceride levels are also precursors of potential ticker trouble. Research has demonstrated that vitamin C supplements reduce the risk by decreasing LDL and triglyceride levels. Taking acerola in pill form, or adding powdered acerola to a smoothie might be seen as efficient ways to keep your vitamin C levels up.*

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that is essential for maintaining the mineral balance in the body.*

More benefits

Decreases uric acid in the blood, and (possibly) attacks of gout:

Gout is an uncommon form of arthritis, but it can appear suddenly and be incredibly, debilitatingly painful. Excess uric acid, a waste product in the blood, that has crystallized and settled in the joints is the culprit; the big toe is where it usually ends up and wreaks mayhem. Studies have shown that vitamin C can help lower uric acid levels in the blood.*

Helps your body absorb iron:

You need iron in your blood to create red blood cells and transport oxygen. But if you are following a vegetarian or vegan diet you may not be getting enough plant-based iron. Acerola to the rescue! Vitamin C might boost the absorption of iron from meat-free diets, a necessary thing for avoiding iron-deficient anemia. It doesn’t take much acerola to work wonders.*

Foods that provide vitamin D include: fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel and salmon.

The essential vitamin for women

Codeage Women’s Fermented Multivitamin is a premium formula made with real whole foods, organic herbs and fermented essential vitamins for optimal hormonal health, energy and digestive support. We’ve also included your daily dose of boron and omega-3 from micro-algae as well as a synergistic blend of probiotics and enzymes.

Vitamin A palmitate or retinol palmitate is a form of vitamin A known as a retinoid (retinol) which is a bioavailable form of vitamin A meaning it can usually be used and absorbed by the body more efficiently than other forms of vitamin A.*

We have also added vitamin B into Codeage Women's Fermented Vitamin. Research has shown that Vitamin B can be great in helping the body convert food into energy.* Vitamin C cannot be produced by the body and so it can be an option to add this nutrient through supplements. It is however found in many fruits and vegetables and gives your immune system the energy it needs to live good lifestyle.* Lastly, vitamin E is available in many healthy foods, however it is hard to get enough through a daily regimen so we have packed this blend with vitamin E as well.*

Include acerola cherries in your diet

Fresh acerola cherries are a pleasant addition to any diet but are difficult to find because of their short shelf life. You can purchase frozen acerola cherries, acerola cherry juice, jam, or syrup, and supplements in the form of capsules, chewable tablets, liquid extracts, and powder.*

Acerola as a nutritional supplement is a highly concentrated source of vitamin C. With that in mind, when you are tweaking a recipe to include the cherries, make sure you are balancing the C with other vital nutrients. Adding a small and measured amount of powdered acerola is one way to boost the vitamin C in a smoothie. Acerola jam on whole wheat toast (with maybe a bit of peanut butter??) is a new spin on breakfast.*