Acerola Berry for Skin Care:
Laboratory investigations have revealed that the acerola berry is densely concentrated with vitamin C.
The fruits are rich in vitamin C (ascorbic acid). The Acerola berry has demonstrated a 30 times greater amount of vitamin C than, what is found in oranges and other citrus fruits. The acerola ranks as the richest known natural source of vitamin C. The edible part of the acerola contains 1 to 4 percent ascorbic acid. In other fruits, even, 0.06 percent of ascorbic acid is considered high. Importantly, juices and jelly made from the berries retain the fruit’s high vitamin C content.
- The acerola berry is about the size of a cherry.
- It is a very nutritious fruit, and when ripe, it has a deep red color and soft flesh, greatly resembling a cherry. It has a tart flavor, similar to that of a crab apple.
- The vitamin C content varies in different varieties and under different environmental conditions. Green fruits or sour fruits contain more vitamin C than the ripe, red berries. Sour fruits are an excellent source of vitamin C, while ripe ones are a good source.
Nutritional Highlights of Acerola Berry:
- The acerola berry is an anti-oxidant power-house. It is packed with polyphenols. Some of the polyphenols are exclusive and distinctive to the fruit.
- The fruit is also a good source of vitamin A, iron, and calcium.
Health Benefits of Acerola Berry:
- The berries are loaded with anti-oxidants. Vitamin C is a very important nutritional anti-oxidant. In general, darker the berries, whether sweet or sour, the better it is for you, since it contains a larger amount of anti-oxidants. These anti-oxidants prevent and ward off free radical damage, and fight cancers and premature ageing. They help maintain healthy skin and connective tissue. These anti-oxidants greatly reduce cancer rates, boost immunity, protect against chemical stressors like pollutants, cigarette smoke, and allergens, and enhance wound repair.
- The berries are extremely low in calories, and make an amazing snack food for the weight conscious.
- The acerola berry extract reduces blood sugar levels considerably. This health benefit is attributed to the polyphenols.
Skin Care using Acerola Berry:
- The fruit keeps aging at bay.
- It prevents premature skin ageing, wrinkling, and skin discoloration. Acerola also promotes skin whitenening.
- Acerola extracts are now increasingly being used in cosmetic products.
Tips for preparing:
- Wash organically grown acerola berries by placing them in a colander and rinsing them under cold water. If they are non-organic, wash them in a commercial produce wash solution or additive-free soap before placing them in a colander.
- Sour berries are too tart to eat unless gently cooked and sweetened. Ripe ones can also be cooked and will retain their texture if poached for just a few minutes.
- The fruit can be had as it is, or in the form of jams, jellies and juices.
Quick serve ideas:
- Top plain or frozen yogurt, with acerola berries, and serve, or blend the berries in a food processor for a sweet, yet healthful smoothie.
- Use sweet or sour berries to prepare a chilled soup. Cook the berries until they are soft, then puree, add honey to sweeten and chill. Serve the soup chilled, topped with a dollop of yogurt.
- Make your own chocolate covered berries. Melt chocolate, dip the berries in the melted chocolate, and set aside. Refrigerate until the chocolate hardens.