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According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Vitamin-C rich diets help to reduce your risk of cancers, especially of the breast, skin and cervix. The high concentration of Vitamin C in Acerola makes it an excellent preventative against heart disease.
A good intake of Vitamin C during pregnancy is also essential for optimal fœtal brain development, as even a small deficiency can reduce brain & memory function in the infant by up to 15%.
Vitamin C can also give an extra boost to other antioxidants, such as catechins, which are naturally occurring antioxidants found in matcha green tea, extending their life and amplifying their antioxidant activity.
The synergy of Vitamins and antioxidants in Acerola regulates cholesterol levels, protects against atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) helps prevent blood clots and also treat the common cold, gum infections, sore throat and hay fever. Acerola cherry has been shown to improve metabolism, and help normalize blood pressure and heart rhythm1. Its folic acid content helps to regenerate new cells, and its Vitamin C content aids iron absorption.
The anthocyanins in Acerola (responsible for the fruit’s red colour) have powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and amazingly have been shown in consumer trials to relieve headaches and fever just as effectively as ibuprofen or aspirin do. According to Muraleedharan Nair, Ph.D., professor of food science at Michigan State UniversityIt was found that, anthocyanin, the compounds that give acerola cherries their red colour, are anti-inflammatories that are 10 times stronger than the usual medicines (ibuprofen and aspirin). Anthocyanin helps shut down the powerful enzymes that kick-start tissue inflammation, so they can prevent, as well as treat, many different kinds of pain.Not bad for a cherry.