Acerola has an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, calming, rejuvenating and revitalizing effect. Its beneficial effects on health are mainly due to its high vitamin C content.
Along with vitamin A, vitamin C is a known antioxidant and helps to ward off free radical damage. Recent studies point to the particular abundance of antioxidants in Acerola. It can even help to render carcinogenic compounds (nitrosamines) from food harmless. Vitamin C also builds collagen, protects the skin’s mucous membranes and can prevent scurvy (a vitamin deficiency disease). Its astringent properties could also prove useful in treating blemishes and improving skin’s elasticity and suppleness. Vitamin C is also considered an important immune system booster and supports the body in fighting infections, viruses and, as recent studies indicate, even cancer. Sex, growth and thyroid hormones also need vitamin C for their metabolism.
Since vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that cannot be stored by the body, it is important to ensure an adequate intake of vitamin C on a daily basis.
In combination with the secondary plant substances contained in acerola, the vitamins B1 and B2 and the minerals, the body’s ability to absorb vitamin C increases and it remains in the body longer.