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Abstract:

Acerola Cherry Extract

Botanical Source: Malpighia glabra L.

CAS No.: 50-81-7

Part Used: Fruit

Molecular Formula: C6H8O6

Molecular Weight: 176.12

Specification: Vitamin C 17%, 25%.


Description:

Acerola is a small tree that grows in dry areas of the Caribbean and Central and South America. Now it is widely grown in Hainan island China. Traditionally, its fruit has been used to treat diarrhea, arthritis, fevers, and kidney, 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 constituents, it has substantial 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 indicates 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 actual health benefits.

Like many plants, acerola has antibacterial and antifungal properties, at least in the test tube. However, no studies in humans have been reported.

Principal Proposed Uses: Source of Vitamin C

Other Proposed Uses: Antioxidant

Safety Issues:

As a widely used food, acerola is believed to have a relatively high safety factor. However, it has been discovered that people who are allergic to latex may be allergic to acerola as well.

Maximum safe doses in young children, pregnant or nursing women, and people with severe liver or kidney disease have not been established.


Functions:

Help reduce blood sugar and treat skin discoloration;

Boosting production of collagen and elastin, increasing the ability of skin to retain moisture;

Help diarrhea, dysentery, and liver issues, as well as combat free radicals and strengthen the immune system.


Application:

Food Supplement: Acerola powder has been used to help diarrhea, dysentery, and liver issues, as well as combat free radicals and strengthen the immune system with its high levels of Vitamin C, and it also can be used as a nutritive because it contains many other vitamins and minerals.


Cosmetics: Acerola first appeared in Japanese skin care products at least five years ago. Niche skin care brands have started incorporating it into their facial care products for its Vitamin C rich properties.



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