What is Acerola Cherry Vitamin C Extract?
Acerola cherry is a fruit-bearing tree that is native to Paraguay, Brazil, Central America, Puerto Rico,
Haiti, Dominican Republic, and southern Mexico. While it’s predominantly a tropical plant, some subtropical
regions cultivate acerola cherry. Acerola fruit is usually sour due to its acidity, but it can be sweet with
the proper cultivation. It goes by many names, including Barbados cherry, Guarani cherry, and West Indian
cherry. Acerola cherry has numerous botanical synonyms, including Malpighia glabra, Malpighia emarginata,
and Malpighia punicifolia.
Acerola trees take three years to mature and produce bright red fruits called drupes. They bear a strong
resemblance to cherries, hence why so many of its common names include the word cherry. Despite appearances,
acerola fruit is not a type of cherry.
Potential Acerola Benefits
Acerola cherry is an effective antioxidant and can combat oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when free
radicals known as oxygen reactive species (ROS) accumulate faster than the body can detoxify them. Oxidative
stress contributes to premature aging and can worsen or lead to numerous health problems. Acerola cherry may
also provide a boost to the immune system thanks to its high antioxidant and vitamin C content. Acerola also
has a lightening effect on pigmentation and dark spots caused by UV rays. Acerola cherry may provide more
reliable benefits than vitamin C supplements, as the body has an easier time absorbing vitamin C from
acerola cherry than it does from synthetic forms of ascorbic acid.
Potential Vitamin C Benefits
Acerola cherry fruit has exceptionally high levels of vitamin C (ascorbic acid), delivering more than 50
times the amount of ascorbic acid found in oranges. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects
against oxidative damage by scavenging free radicals. It can also regenerate other antioxidants through
redox recycling, such as vitamin E. Vitamin C supplements also support the immune system by producing white
blood cells and improving how they function. White blood cells amass high levels of vitamin C and gain
antioxidant protection against oxidative damage. Vitamin C helps reduce inflammation caused by free radicals
and modulates the inflammatory immune response. It also participates in all phases of wound healing and
promotes collagen synthesis.
Potential Acerola Cherry Vitamin C Side Effects
Acerola Cherry Vitamin C Extract does not typically cause side effects in most individuals. Taking large
doses may cause digestive side effects due to acerola cherry’s high vitamin C concentration. Acerola cherry
may interact with some medications and medical conditions. Acerola extract may reduce the effectiveness of
Warfarin and fluphenazine. Acerola cherry may increase estrogen levels in individuals taking oral
contraceptives or receiving hormone therapy, as vitamin C enhances estrogen absorption. Individuals with
gout should not take acerola cherry extract, as its vitamin C content can elevate uric acid levels and
exacerbate the condition.
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