The Vitamin C Superfood

Acerola cherries (Malpighia emarginata) are thought to originate from the Yutucan area in the subtropics. Due to increased popularity, the sweet, orange-pink fruit is widely distributed throughout South and Latin America, as well as the Southern states of the USA. The largest producer of acerola cherries is Brazil, where the fruit has long been enjoyed as a health food and natural beverage. It is one of the nation’s top sources of Vitamin C.

In conjunction with a healthy balanced diet, acerola cherries can be a great way to supplement the body’s demand for important micronutrients. Although the superfood can be eaten fresh, it is highly perishable, so is more commonly used to make juices, syrups, pulps and powders.

The amount of Vitamin C found in acerola cherries can depend on when they are harvested. When unripe, the Vitamin C levels are at their highest, but when fully ripe, the flavor of the fruit is at its sweetest. The superfruit can be picked depending on the desired characteristics of the end product.

Acerola as a Functional Ingredient

Superfood Ingredients offers a wide range of acerola products. Our Acerola Dry Extract is produced in Brazil, and can be made from ripe fruit for a sweeter flavor, or unripe fruit for a higher natural Vitamin C level. The extract is good for beverage applications and as a natural preservative.

Also from Brazil, we offer Acerola Frozen Pulp. The berries are harvested by local farmers in the Amazon region and depulped, pasteurized, bulk packed and flash frozen. It makes a great addition to  juices, smoothies, and ice creams.

Superfood Ingredients’ Freeze Dried Acerola Powder is dried at low temperatures to maintain nutrient levels. It works well as a health supplement and for adding to cereal bars and smoothies.

The benefits of


Acerola cherries (Malpighia emarginata) present a wide range of health benefits. The nutrient dense food has significant levels of immune-boosting Vitamin C, along with Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, and a whole host of important minerals and antioxidants.

A Vitamin C Powerhouse

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant involved in a number of bodily functions. It plays an important role in strengthening the immune system, helping to fight off infections and rebuild damaged tissue. It also helps to support the respiratory system, and has long been used to prevent and treat scurvy.

Studies suggest that acerola cherries can contain up to thirty times more Vitamin C than an equal portion of oranges. The Vitamin C found in the fruit is naturally bound and therefore highly absorbable. Hence, it is increasingly being used as a natural Vitamin C supplement as an ascorbic acid substitute – the synthetic form of Vitamin C which does not appear to be as easy for the body to digest and utilize.

A Nutrient Dense Superfruit

As well as plentiful amounts of Vitamin C, acerola cherries are rich in Vitamin A, mostly in the form of beta-carotene. Vitamin A plays an important role in maintaining ocular health, and has been shown to alleviate symptoms of arthritis in some people. The cherries are also a good source of iron, which is essential for red blood cell production and oxygen transportation. Small amounts of B-Vitamins, potassium and magnesium are also present, all of which contribute towards maintaining a healthy, functioning body.

Anti-ageing Antioxidants

Studies have shown acerola cherries to have consistently high antioxidant levels, largely down to the large amounts of Vitamin C and Vitamin A, as well as carotenoids and bioflavonoids. The antioxidants help to fight against oxidative stress and damage from free radicals, which occurs at the cellular level and can lead to premature ageing and the development of disease.

Health Promoting Anthocyanins

Similar to other Amazonian superfoods, the acerola cherry also a source of anthocyanins, specifically cyanidin 3-rhamnoside. Anthocyanins are a type of flavonoid that presents a number of health benefits, and has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Studies also suggest that they may play a role in reducing inflammation and reducing the risk of developing certain cancers, by possibly blocking tumour cells from forming and defending against cancer-causing free radicals.

Cosmetic Benefits

Acerola cherries are increasingly being recognized for role they can play in maintaining healthy, youthful skin. The Vitamin C in the berries helps to form collagen, an important building block for skin. The flavonoids and carotenoids seem to help slow down the ageing process, and reduce the visibility of wrinkles and uneven skin tone. The Vitamin A in acerola cherries supports wound healing and can protect the skin from damage by the sun. 


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As an increasing number of consumers move away from synthetic supplements, the demand for natural sources of health promoting vitamins and minerals is rising. The Acerola Cherry is one such food that has seen a boom in popularity, largely due to its high levels of Vitamin C. The versatile superfruit is also rich in antioxidants and other important micronutrients, making it a well sought after ingredient for a wide range of health products.


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