Therapeutic power and nutritional value of Acerola

Acerola

It is bilberry fruits have the force of therapeutic

Therapeutic power:

Do you hear about acerola before? it is something amazing, where this small red-like cherry fruit – that found mainly in the West Indies and now planted mainly in Puerto Rico and the other ” Caribbean islands ” – it is hard to find it in the United States, as it’s hard to find a box of meat in a vegetable person locker.

This is unfortunate because acerola is the richest natural resources in the world in vitamin ( C ) and this means that this fruit benefit the body in different ways starting from the strengthening of the immune system to prevention of diseases related to aging, such as heart disease and cancer.

Says “Dr. Arturo Cedeno Maldonadoprofessor of plant physiology at the University of” Puerto Rico “in” Mayaguez “: The people in Puerto Rico and the U.S., which is characterized by high temperature, cultivate acerola in the backyard of their homes, as there is one type of acerola characterized by a sweet taste and can be eaten like grapes, there is another type that has a pungent taste on the lips but it is rich in vitamin C, which are often manufactured in the form of jam, jelly and juice

Many people doubles the consumption of orange juice or grapefruit when they feel the first symptoms of colds and this already useful because vitamin (C) which is abundant in citrus fruits proved that it reduce cold symptoms

In the same way, the people in the Caribbean and the West Indies can eat a little acerola fruits to avoid getting colds. Just one acerola fruit provide the body with 80 milligrams of vitamin (C) which means 133% of the daily required amount. While a one orange fruit contains only 70 milligrams of vitamin (C) and even guava – one of the richest natural sources of vitamin (C) can not compete with this type of grape. One acerola fruit contains amount of vitamin (C) that is almost ten times what is found in guava.

The benefits of vitamin (C) beyond relieve cold symptoms where it helps the body to produce collagen – the protein fiber, which helps build connective tissue, skin, bones and teeth – and plays an important role in wound healing. Also it helps in protection of the body from free radicals which are oxygen molecules that damage cells and it is believed to be contribute to causing cancer, heart disease and many other cases

Enjoy the sweet taste …The pungent taste Acerola type contains a higher amount of vitamin (C) than those that characterized by sweet taste, but that matter does not matter much where the sweet fruit of acerola also contains a huge amount of vitamin C and so on, according to Dr. Cedeno Maldonado



Buy the processed and manufactured fruits …..There are specialized markets in Puerto Rico sell jam, jelly and juice of acerola and although these products contain a proportion of vitamin (C) lower than the amount found in fresh fruit, but it’s still good sources for this original amount of vitamin (C)

Deal with acerola gently and cautiously ….the dried or crushed acerola fruits can be used to prepare a drink like tea. Unfortunately, boil or soak the fruit in hot water reduces the amount of vitamin C per cup, and it may be necessary to add more bilboes.

In the Kitchen:

As long as acerola is not commercially available in this country, most people do not know how to use them, but if you was able to grow some in the backyard of your home, here are some tips to prepare these fruits

  • You can use the fresh acerola like other bilboes that used in making jelly, jam, pies or any of sweets made of fruit and if you bought the pungent taste type, you must be prepared to use a large amount of sugar in order to protect the mouth of the sour taste

  • You can grind dry fruits of acerola then add it on pancakes or canned fruit or

Sources: 

The Doctors Book of Food Remedies by Selene Yeager and the Editors of Prevention Health Books; 

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