Acerola extract is a natural supplement derived from the acerola cherry, also known as the Barbados cherry or West Indian cherry. The acerola cherry is a small, red fruit native to the Caribbean, Central and South America and Mexico. The fruit is rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and other nutrients, making it a popular ingredient in dietary supplements and skincare products.
Acerola extract is often used as a natural source of vitamin C, which is a vital nutrient for the body. It helps to support a healthy immune system, promote collagen production, and improve skin health. It also has antioxidant properties, which help to protect the body against damage caused by free radicals. This can help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
There have been several studies conducted on the potential health benefits of acerola extract. Here are a few examples:
A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2007 found that acerola extract had high antioxidant activity and could potentially be used as a natural preservative in food products.
A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2010 found that acerola extract had anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects in animal models, suggesting potential therapeutic uses for pain management.
A study published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology in 2012 found that acerola extract had a positive effect on the immune system and could be used to support immunity in individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome.
A study published in the Journal of Functional Foods in 2015 found that acerola extract had a beneficial effect on blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity in diabetic rats, suggesting potential uses for the management of diabetes.
It is worth noting that most of these studies were conducted on animals or in-vitro, further research is needed to confirm these benefits and to establish safe dosage for human consumption.