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Acerola is a small tree that grows in dry areas of the Caribbean and Central and South America. 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
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
Like many plants, acerola has antibacterial and antifungal properties, at least in the test tube.
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. 5
Maximum safe doses in young children, pregnant or nursing women, and people with severe liver or kidney disease have not been established.
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