Acerola Cherry Extract
Botanical Source:Malpighia glabra L.
CAS No. : 50-81-7
Part Used: Fruit
Specification: Vitamin C 17%, 25%
Molecular Formula: C6H8O6
Molecular Weight: 176.12
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
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
Dosage: A typical supplemental dosage of acerola is 40-100 mg daily.
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
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.