Acerola Vitamin C Powder

Acerola Vitamin C Powder

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Acerola powder is made from the tart berries of a Caribbean shrub commonly called Barbados cherry and is one of the most abundant source of Vitamin C known. Sprinkle some into juice, yogurt, smoothies and other foods.

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a.
quick look

information at a glance
approximate cups to one pound3
originUnited States
ingredientsAcerola Juice Powder, Citric Acid, Dicalcium Phosphate, Di-Tab, Tricalcium Phosphate, Roasted Carob, Maltodextrin, and Silicon
active compoundsAscorbic acid, calcium, dextrose, fructose, iron, I-malic acid, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, potassium, protein, riboflavin, sucrose, thiamine; 3-methyl-3-butenol, dehydroascorbic acid, diketogulonic acid, furfural, hexadecanoic acid, limonene.
plant part usedfruit
processingpowder

b.
buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips
why buy acerola powder?Acerola powder contains a variety of nutrients and more than twice the amount of vitamin C of lemons or oranges.
storage tipsStore in a closed container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaThe powder is light in color and lacks noticeable odor.
good vs badAcerola has a long shelf life. Properly stored, the powder will remain viable for up to five years.

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uses

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cosmeticThe powder is incorporated into skin care products intended to enhance collagen structure.
culinaryThe fresh fruit is used to produce juice, jams and syrups. Powdered acerola is added to smoothies, cereal, yogurt and other foods.
wellnessPowdered acerola fruit is taken in capsule form as a dietary supplement.
safetyGenerally well tolerated, although high doses may produce gastrointestinal distress, leg cramps and insomnia.

Check with your health care practitioner before using if you have a history of gout or kidney disease because the high vitamin C content may increase uric acid levels and kidney stone formation.

Acerola may interfere with the absorption or effectiveness of certain medications, including anticoagulants (Coumadin), estrogen therapy agents and fluphenazine (Prolixin).

One study suggests that people who are allergic to latex may experience an allergic reaction to acerola fruit and, presumably, the powder.

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d.
flavor profile

acerola

Because of the high vitamin C content, as well as the presence of limonene, acerola has a tart, sour taste that is characteristic of citrus fruits. The fruit, fresh or powdered, pairs well with papaya and mango.


f.
what else you should know

acerola

Acerola is commonly available for sale in Florida, where it enjoys sandy soil and is grown as a perennial patio shrub or hedge screening. The fruit provides food for native birds and the flowers offer nectar for butterflies. The mature fruit can be eaten raw or cooked into jam or conserve. The fruit and juice of acerola are as common for breakfast in South America as oranges and orange juice in America.


Background: This tropical, fruit-bearing shrub or small tree is generally considered to have originated along the Caribbean rim, particularly the West Indies and northern South America. Based on linguistic evidence, its distribution may, more specifically, have emanated outward from Mayan use in the Yucatan in Mexico, thousands of years ago.

Acerola is grown in California and many other tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Some of the largest plantings are in Brazil. One island nation of the Carribean so values its crop that vigorous preventive measures are taken with plant cuttings. The fruit is juiced and eaten fresh where it is cultivated.

Until camu-camu became known outside of its rainforest environs, acerola was considered to be the richest single plant source of vitamin C.

Research: Recent research indicates acerola contains antioxidants. At the cellular level antioxidants tend to free radical* damage in cells. Benefits of this extend to the skin, and natural mineral salts in acerola advance it dermatologic benefits. Acerola's mucilage and protein have hydrating properties which promote capillary conditioning.

Acerola potentiates the cholesterol-lowering benefits and actions of soy and alfalfa.

*Free radicals: reactive single atoms having one or more unpaired electrons. Produced in the body by natural biological processes or introduced from outside sources (smoke, toxins, pollutants, etc.) Free radical atoms can damage cells, proteins, and DNA by altering their chemical structure.

Description: Malphighia glabra is a large, relatively fast-growing bushy shrub attaining to 15 ft in height. Can be pruned to any desired shape, but grows best as a managed shrub. Branches are brittle, and easily broken. The root system is shallow. Leaves are dark to light green, glossy when mature, obviate to lanceolate, with an entire margin with minute hairs — known to be a mild skin-irritant. Flowers are sessile or on short-peduncled cymes with small pink to white flowers with five petals. Flowerings occur throughout year, but typically in rainy cycles. Pollination, rare, is generally attributed to only the Centris bee. Bright red fruits grow to 3/4 in. in diameter. Though botanically unrelated, fruits are visibly similar to the European cherry (prunus). Fruits are round to oblate with 3 lobes. The thin-skinned fruit is easily bruised. Pulp is juicy, acid or sub-acid to nearly sweet with a delicate flavor and apple notes. Fruit develops to maturity in approx. 29 days. Triangle shaped brown seeds, typically 3 in number, have fluted wings.


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