Acerola Cherry

Other Names:

Barbados cherry or West Indian cherry


Acerola belongs to the Malpighiaceae family which is native to tropical parts of the world, including Mexico, the West Indies & the Caribbean. Acerola is known to be one of the richest natural sources of ascorbic acid and Vitamin C.

The fruit has been historically used to prevent vitamin C deficiency and related conditions such as scurvy. The Vitamin C needs of an adult can be satisfied with just three small acerola fruits per day.

Vitamin A, another important antioxidant, can also be found in the Acerola fruit along side small amounts of B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc and iron. The fruit contains the same amount of vitamin A as carrots, which are a well-known as one of the greatest vitamin A sources.

Health Benefits:

Immune System support & fighting Disease Development

Acerola is full of antioxidants including polyphenols and bioflavonoids – both of which are linked with cancer prevention and cognitive health.

The cherries also contain the anti-inflammatory anthocyanins, which means they could also help provide relief from chronic, painful conditions such as arthititis.

Could Improve Digestive and Metabolic Health

Studies suggest that metabolic functions and digestion can be supported by acerola by reducing inflammation and providing essential nutrients, such as vitamin C and A, plus some potassium, magnesium, iron and fibre. Acerola cherries have also been used in traditional medicine for centuries, often treating stomach pains, diarrhoea and digestive issues.

Assists in Cleansing & Protecting the Skin

Due to its natural astringent, antifungal and antimicrobial properties, there is some evidence that acerola benefits the skin. It has antioxidant effects which can help control the spread of bacteria, reducing breakouts, loss of skin elasticity and signs of sun damage.

Acerola can help to reduce hyperpigmentation and dark spots, as studies show that these cherries have natural skin whitening effects. Plus, the high vitamin C content supports the ability to build collagen and heal wounds.

Typical Uses:

The dosage of Acerola cherry powder or capsules is dependent on the vitamin C content, however it is generally recommended that adults take a dose that provides no more than 2000 milligrams of vitamin C per day – this is the safe upper limit for most adults.