by Charles Weller May 09, 2019
Acerola, often referred to as French or Barbados cherry, is grown in the Caribbean islands and Central and South America with many health benefits. Acerola berries provide the best sources of vitamins and minerals for an athlete to recovery and stay healthy for maximum performance.
Acerola has rich sources of vitamin C and bioflavonoids, which are essential to prevent oxidative damage to cells and reduce inflammation caused by free radicals. Studies have shown that vitamin C is vital for repair and recovery for cartilage, bones, and skin. Acerola has sixty-five times more vitamin C than oranges and doubled the amount of magnesium, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, and potassium, which are all essential for muscle contraction, boosting energy, and replenishing electrolytes during a workout. Acerola is also a great source of vitamin A, which is vital for cell growth and a healthy immune system to fight off bacterial and viral infections. Acerola serves as an essential natural ingredient for the athlete to staying healthy and perform at optimal levels.
Acerola can be consumed fresh, but supplement form is preferred to prevent losing the nutritional value as fresh berries decompose within days of harvesting. However, the best way is to consume the fruit, preserving the fresh cherries in the freezer as soon as they are harvested.
Add acerola powder into smoothies, beverages, desserts, and sauces. Acerola is considered to be generally recognized as safe (GRAS). Refer to dosage directions on the label for best results.
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