Anti-Aging with Acerola

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Herbal Profiles, Kerri Bailey | 0 comments

Anti-Aging with Acerola

 As one of the best anti-aging and nutritive herbs available, awesome Acerola is like a super hero helping our  bodies  fight stress, increase immunity and repair damage.  It is a small, bushy tree native to the Southern US through Northern South America where it is cultivated as an ornamental.  The red, fleshy, cherry-sized  fruits  are eaten fresh or used for jams and jellies. They are an important commercial source of natural vitamin C found in supplements, skin creams and cosmetics. The unripe, green fruit is harvested before it loses its high vitamin B1, B2, C and trace mineral content.

 Acerola is one of the richest food sources of Vitamin C – 100g of ripe fruit contains 17,000 mg of vitamin C compared to 50 mg found in 100g of oranges.  Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that must be supplied in the diet.  As a natural detoxifier, antioxidant and antihistamine vitamin C helps the body fight stress, free radical damage and slows the signs of aging. Many recent studies have shown additional powerful effects of vitamin C for Atherosclerosis (normalizes blood-fat levels) Glaucoma (lowers intraocular pressure), Parkinson’s disease (prevents dementia) , Infertility (especially for men) and Herpes (helps lesions heal).

 The best way to take Acerola  is in encapsulated formulas  alone or mixed with other complimentary herbs.  You can also try it as a powerful additive in your favorite smoothie recipe.  Make sure you drink plenty of water while taking Acerola and start with smaller doses working up to “body tolerance”.  High doses may cause gas, loose stools and diarrhea.  Pregnant women use with caution. Those with vitamin C  sensitivities, people prone to kidney stones, those with high iron blood concentration and pregnant women  should avoid or use with caution.  There is little risk of overdose using skin creams.

Always consult with your health care practitioner whenever needed.

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