Monday, November 30, 2009



Latin Name:-
Malpighia glabra


Acerola is a small tree that grows in dry areas of the Caribbean and Central and South America. Fruit has been traditionally used to treat diarrhea, arthritis, fever, and the kidneys, heart and liver problems. Acerola contains 10-50 times more vitamin C by weight than oranges. Other important substances found in acerola include bioflavonoids, magnesium, pantothenic acid and vitamin A.

What is Acerola Used for Today?.
Acerola is primarily marketed as a source of vitamin C and bioflavonoids. Because of these elements, it is significant antioxidant properties. One study found that acerola significantly increased the antioxidant activity of soy and alfalfa. It is not clear, however, that this rather theoretical finding anything of significance to human health. Other powerful antioxidants such as vitamin E and beta-carotene have proved disappointing when they were subjected to studies that could discern whether their actions as antioxidants translated into tangible health benefits.
Like many plants, acerola has antibacterial and antifungal properties, at least in the test tube. There are no studies in humans reported.

Major proposed use:-
• Source of Vitamin C

Other proposed use:-
• Antioxidant

A typical supplementary dose of acerola is 40-100 mg per day.

Safety Issues:-
As a widely used food, acerola is believed to have a relatively high safety factor. Has discovered that people who are allergic to latex may be allergic to acerola as well. 5
Maximum safe doses in young children, pregnant or lactating women and people with severe liver or kidney disease has not been established.


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