Acerola – Properties and health benefits / medicinal uses

The medicinal use of acerola is related to its vitamin C content, as acerola is the richest fresh fruit source of vitamin C.
The acerola, which can also be called
* Neapolitan medlar or
* Spanish pine, is a fruit of Malpighia glabra L., a tree of the botanical family malpighiaceae.

Acerola was first discovered by the Spaniards when they first arrived in the Caribbean islands in the sixteenth century. It is very similar to the azarole, a fruit that is cultivated in Europe.


* The acerola was a less valued fruit until 1946 when some investigators at the University of Puerto Rico analyzed its vitamin C content. They found out that acerolo is the nature’s richest source of vitamin C. It provides up to 2,520 mg /100 g, depending on the variety (that is 50 times that of lemons).

* Acerolas also contains a series of natural substances that helps it in its actions. These substances includes:

¤ flavonoids such as hesperidin and rutin
¤ Organic acids such as malic acids

Health benefits / medicinal uses of acerola

The high vitamin C content of accounts for acerola’s medicinal uses. A well known scientist, Schneider, said high doses of vitamin C increases the production of interferon, a protein that inhibits the proliferation of viruses, prevents the growth of tumoral cells and stimulates the immune system.
Due to the above properties, the consumption of acerola is highly recommended in cases of

¤ All types of infectious disease, mainly those from viral origin.
They include:
* Colds
* Flu, etc.
¤ Prevention and also treatment of cancer

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By Abbati

Abbati studied Biological sciences at Ahmadu Bello Univeristy, Zaria. He loves learning about the medicinal properties of foods, and the need to explore them!

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