What is Acerola?
Acerola (Barbados cherry) is a plant of the Malpighian family. There are other names for these berries: “Malpighia naked” and “Puerto Rican cherry”.The birthplace of these fruits is Barbados. In addition, acerola grows in Jamaica, Madagascar and India.
The fruits are identical in size to cherries and they are painted in red. They reach no more than 2 cm in diameter. The fruit has a thin skin and the flesh, which is divided into segments. The taste of the fruit is somewhat like raspberries, and they also have a bitter-sweet aftertaste. By the Barbados cherry is more like a citrus.
Useful properties of Acerola are numerous, because it has a lot of different microcomponents in its composition. Barbados cherry is considered the leader in the content of ascorbic acid, which increases and strengthens the immune system. In addition, vitamin C helps the body resist the negative effects of viruses and infections. Also, ascorbic acid promotes recovery after courses of chemotherapy, and fruits are effective in the early stages of cancer. Another Barbados cherry reduces the level of cholesterol in the blood, which in turn helps prevent atherosclerotic plaques. Berries reduce permeability and increase the strength of the vessels.
Acetyl vitamin A positively affects eye-sight and helps in the treatment of certain diseases of the visual apparatus. Thanks to the content of B vitamins, Barbados cherry improves the functioning of the nervous system and helps to get rid of stress and insomnia more quickly.
The composition of acerola includes potassium, which favorably affects the activity of the cardiovascular system and thereby prevents diseases associated with it. Due to the iron content, the blood state improves and immunity strengthens. The composition of the fruit includes calcium, it strengthens bones, hair and nails. Thanks to the phosphorus content, berries normalize metabolic processes in the body, contribute to the recovery of the body and improve the work of the heart. Barbados cherry acerola has an antioxidant, tonic and restorative effect.
Berries are considered a strong antioxidant, which means they have the ability to fight free radicals. In addition, they activate the production of collagen and thereby improve connective tissue. Thanks to this, the skin becomes firm and supple.The Barbados cherry acerola is widely used for cosmetic purposes. Fruits also struggle with irregularities and skin damage and reduce the risk of early development of wrinkles.
Acerola in cosmetology:
Acerola in cosmetology is mainly used for the preparation of cosmetic products for skin care. Mask with acerola is able to give the skin the necessary nutrition and moisturizing. Also, the Barbados cherry gives the skin an amazing elasticity and slows down the aging.
Acerola for the face acts as an antioxidant that fights free-moving radicals, and also helps strengthen vascular wall walls, relieves redness and improves skin tone and condition.
You can buy a special Acelora powder with the addition of Barbados cherry in the pharmacy. To make a therapeutic mask, it is necessary to dissolve the powder with warm water in a proportion of 1:3 (one part of the powder will need three parts of water) and stir well for about two minutes until the mass becomes homogeneous.
Then the hair should be hidden under a special cap, so that the alginate mask with acerola does not get on the scalp. Now you can start applying the mask on your face. To do this, lightly tilt your head back and stand in front of the mirror to see where to apply the mask.
Spread Alginate mask all over the face, leaving only the nostrils open. After seven minutes, the edges of the mask should be lubricated with a moisturizing cream.
After twenty-five minutes, the frozen nutritious mask can be removed from the skin, starting from below and slowly lifting it up. At the end of the procedure, the face can be lubricated with a moisturizer, but this is not necessary.
Such masks are recommended to be done no more than twice a week. The duration of treatment should not exceed ten procedures.
Use in cooking:
Barbados cherry acerola is very tasty in fresh as well as in processed form, and therefore it has found wide application in cooking. At home, you can cook jam, jams, syrups, etc.Acelora fruit can be dried and frozen. In addition, the fruit can be used as a filling for various baking. Acelora juice is also popular.
Acelora healing properties:
Acerola contains more vitamin C than oranges or currants. Therefore, to improve health, it is enough to eat only 2-3 berries a day. Overdose is fraught with seizures, nausea, insomnia, drowsiness, etc. When interacting with certain medicines, the Barbados cherry can increase the level of uric acid in the body, thereby increasing the risk of developing gout.
Acelora for atherosclerosis:
Doctors George T. Grossberg and Barry Fox confirm the ability of acerola to fight atherosclerosis due to the high concentration of antioxidants in its composition. But to strengthen the healing effect of this berry, you should also introduce natural sources of vitamin E. The journal “Blood circulation” published an interesting article about the effects of vitamins C and E on the progression of atherosclerosis. It turned out that a complex of these vitamins added to the food of patients reduced the concentration of cholesterol.
Acelora for strong immunity:
Acerola stimulates the immune system. This was proven by the research of people living in extreme conditions, experiencing enormous physical exertion (soldiers, marathon runners and skiers). High doses of vitamin C made it possible to reduce the risk of catarrhal diseases by 50% for this group of people.
Dangers of Acerola, Acerola contraindications:
Barbados cherry Acerola is contraindicated in people who are allergic to this type of product or its components, as well as an increased level of acidity of the stomach. Also, Acerola is not recommended to obese people and those who have chronic lung diseases.
With an increased level of sugar in the blood, stomach ulcer and duodenal ulcers, doctors do not recommend eating this berry, in order not to exacerbate existing diseases.
In addition, Acerola can not be combined with taking certain medications, as this can lead to the development of gout. Therefore you’d better consult a doctor before use.