The hunt for extra vitamin C has started. People normally look for alternative ways to enhance their immune system as the winter approaches. Everyone thinks of oranges when you mention vitamin C, but some other fruits may also be a reliable source of C for this winter.
Acerola (Malpighia glabra) is a bright red fruit high in vitamin C content and has been used as a supplement to boost the immune system.
The plant is also known as Barbados cherry or wild crapemyrtle and generally grows in tropical regions such as the Caribbean, Central America and some countries in South America.
Fruits are round and similar to cherries. They are normally red and rarely yellow-orange with thin skin. The pulp is juicy, acid to sub-acid occasionally nearly sweet, with a delicate flavor and apple notes.
The fruit is edible and widely consumed in the native areas. It is also cultivated in some parts of the Southwest of the United States.
Acerola juice is a rich source of vitamin C, as high as 4,000 mg per 100g, but typically around 1,500 mg. Acerola has also important nutrients such as vitamin A, calcium and iron.
Analysis shows Acerola juice contains 32 times the amount of vitamin C in orange juice, over 3000% as much. Some juices are mixed with blueberry, pomegranate and cherry for a very distinctive and delicious flavor.
Supplements provide high amounts of vitamin C and can be taken on a daily basis to fortify your immune system.
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