Amazing Secrets Of The Acerola Berry
By Mary Dezfoli
Mother Nature has provided us many wonderful gifts. Many of these we have used and misused, and some we're not even aware of. The Acerola berry is one such marvelous gift whose real value is coming out into the open only in recent times. This berry has all the benefits that berries offer but a look at all the scientific research that has been conducted proves that these are no ordinary berries. Most commonly, we locate the acerola berry in North and South America - more the latter than the former because of the tropical landscape where it flourishes with ease. It is also seen in Caribbean islands and numerous growers have managed to grow the acerola tree in Florida as well.
Dark and deliciously red, this berry is also called the Barbados cherry, Cereso and Antilles cherry among other names. It has a sweet and sour taste, a lot like citrus fruits. But what's astounding is that it has 32 times as much Vitamin C as orange juice, so it is more powerful than your regular citrus fruits like grapefruit and limes. The acerola berry can be eaten fresh but you can also add it to smoothies, jams, syrups and jellies. There is no end to the different ways in which this berry can be added to your diet and if you are an inventive baker or cook, you will find numerous ways to include it into your family's food.
How it helps:
Since it is so full of vitamin C, the acerola berry is very helpful in making sure that your immune system becomes strong. So, obviously it helps keep away flu and cold. Since our body cannot produce or store vitamin C and bioflavonoids, fruits such as the acerola berry help in restocking those levels, and together they enhance blood circulation and help the body fight against illnesses.
The vitamin C in acerola has yet another vital use. It helps the body in forming collagen which is the basis for connective tissue and skin. Of course, it also helps in healing wounds.
As the acerola berry is chockfull of vitamin C, it can protect the body from free radicals which are the main causes of diseases such as cancer and heart condition.
In case you are diabetic, then the acerola berry is really great for you as it can lower the blood sugar to reasonable levels. Acerola berries contain polyphenols which help greatly in reducing blood sugar.
Acerola berries can help fight cancers such as those of the lung, colon, stomach and others as well. This is because of the high level of antioxidants that they contain which help in battling free radicals.
One more interesting use of the acerola berry is strengthening teeth and bones. Acerola berries have several vitamins which help greatly in rebuilding and protecting bones and teeth. This is especially helpful in case you're suffering from brittle bones and chipped teeth. *
Most skin products that are being created to cure conditions such as melasma has acerola berry extracts in them. The acerola berries are ideal for treating skin discoloration also because the high content of vitamin C in them lowers the production of melanin which makes the skin dark.
You can sustain acidity levels in your body with the help of acerola berries and this also aids the process of digestion.
When mixed with soya, the acerola berries can even help in reducing cholesterol.
Since these berries are low on sugar, they make an excellent snack which even helps you lose weight.
Acerola berries are every health-conscious person's dream come true. These berries make you feel great and look great as well. While many people prefer to consume them fresh, it's perfectly fine to get the frozen version as well. Apart from using the berries as fillings for pies, tarts and cookies, you can steep them in hot water and drink the resultant tea type of preparation. If you can't find acerola berries in your city, then it's not a bad idea to try and grow them also. Acerola berries can grow in your backyard, provided you live in a warm climate. Typically found in countries such as Puerto Rico, Texas, Mexico and the Caribbean, this berry has made a large comeback in recent times.
Great to know:
Acerola berries are one of the most important nutrients that inhibit stress drastically. These berries fight aging, boost levels of vitamin C in the body and make you look and feel younger.
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