Acerola: Health Benefits, Side Effects, Uses, Dosage, Warnings?


ACEROLA: Benefits, Side Effects, Uses, Dosage, Warnings?

It will include vitamin C, but no one more article ... Our intention is clearly to inform him that mistake a long time: the consumer. As it happens in many bad things about the tablets sold under the often misused term "acerola" tolerated practices but perfectly reprehensible, which would undoubtedly be subject to the law if it existed ...

Some of these deviations are known, others less so. If in fact the sum, we flounder squarely in the scam.
strong attack is there? A cat among the pigeons, my duck.

Vitamin C is a substance, tablets, controversies ...
1 Reminders

Crossing the Atlantic under sail ... Not with the current supersonic trimarans torchent history in less than a week, but with beautiful and majestic caravels that sailed for months to win the promised land, the other ... C is the age of discovery we understand that the lack of fresh fruits and vegetables induced heavy fatigue, and that the persons concerned were bleeding gums, teeth saw their shoes and eventually died ... The disease s' called scurvy, it affected sailors since ancient times and it was not until the eighteenth century that generalizes the saving practice that can prevent it: consuming sufficient lemon, symptoms disappear quickly.

Today, we should really do it on purpose so that scurvy teases us ...

acerolaThe substance was behind these tragedies and healings was isolated in 1928 This is the acid "a-scorbique", "who keeps the scurvy." Ten years later, we have learned to synthesize in the laboratory and it was almost immediately sold. Hello Vitamin C, the first eternal charts sales of pills and tablets of all kinds.

This vitamin C is widely and favorably in fruits and vegetables, you know. Provided they are colored, especially red pepper, broccoli, tomato, orange, lemon, grapefruit, persimmon, kiwi ... Potato and parsley, too ... But winter is long, well distant and not always ripe fruit , not always fresh ... As for the vegetables, they are cooked and then lose a lot in concentration of the precious substance ...

The idea is tempting to remedy any deficiencies in our well taking tablets: it would be better. Even more tempting than a bigwig science has put his two cents in history during the seventies: Linus Pauling, twice Nobel, please ... Once chemistry, other peace. What did he discover this gentleman? That primates, including humans, are with guinea pigs and other bats the only mammals to have lost the ability to synthesize vitamin C themselves (other mammals "produce") and that loss of this capacity would be comparable to a dominant genetic disease that affects all of humanity. Pauling concluded that our food is far from providing us all the vitamin C needed in a mammal, so he advocated for better health, to increase our daily intake by an external and consistent supplementation. Judge for yourself: at first, he advised to take daily one gram of vitamin C per day, or around ten times the officially recommended intakes. The benefit that would derive would energize the body and shorten the duration of colds. Then he ventured to offer even higher doses, up to thirty grams per day for people with cancer. Without claiming to cure them, and he said to keep them alive much longer.

It goes without saying that such information delivered by someone as eminent, have had a ripple effect: that split the medical world in half first, with the "pros" and "cons" ... Thirty years later we always studied to assess the adequacy of its claims while increasing synthesis of these different studies ... We still guts to see if this is the buggery lead to a manipulated scientific and difficult end Career or stroke of genius of a benefactor of mankind. Both say that we will not pretend to decide ... The second major impact of this work relates to trade: it is therefore sold tons of vitamin C over the world ... In France in particular, and especially in alternative settings, in part because Catherine Kousmine, the famous Swiss physician, bonded and relayed research Pauling.

Good ... but admitting they are needed, how to obtain these one, two, ten or thirty grams of vitamin C daily?

Linus Pauling was consuming him synthetic ascorbic acid with a teaspoon ... Twelve grams per day, for nearly thirty years *! It is here that a second debate these overdoses of vitamin C they may not have, in time, negative effects on our health? In theory, no. Even at doses extravagant, vitamin C can not be toxic. Some have criticized these assays, however the fact that they can cause kidney stones. Again, studies: it does not seem to check. Others said they are exciting: not so sure it is even claimed that high doses of vitamin C are favorable to sleep when the body got used to finally ... Many insist that these mega doses are unnecessary since quickly removed by the kidneys: false retort few specialists; indeed they are found in the urine, but in an oxidized form, indicating that vitamin C has played its role in the body. In short, everyone's point of view and you've probably had the opportunity to build your own. But there is still a question, and this is the first that is directly related to our concerns of the day: that vitamin C supplementation can it be natural? If so, the natural form is it better than the synthetic form?

  • For information, Linus Pauling died at age 93 from cancer of the prostate

2 Vitamin C natural or synthetic?

Want to know how a synthetic vitamin C is obtained? Not easy, the labs are particularly silent on the subject. It is known that the process has been developed by a scientist named Reichstein from glucose synthesis. The production is still largely the case today, but thanks to the use of genetically modified bacteria * that enable better performance ... also spoke in the manufacture of ascorbic sulfuric acid, acetone acid ... Like any synthetic product, the substance obtained is only 99% pure and contains little memories treatments she received; Analysis reveals including traces of heavy metals. Finally, it criticizes much ascorbic acid synthesis be ... acid! Beware of the stomach in large doses.

  • Glucose also may be of GMO origin, as often derived from corn. Unlike manufacturers of food industry, pharmaceutical companies are not required to specify.

When vitamin C is not synthetic ascorbic acid but sodium ascorbate or calcium, it can be a source of excess salts which can affect much. But it is especially the assimilation of vitamin C that is the problem. In its natural state, it is fully recognized by the body. When synthetic, it is only partially *, in most cases. Less active, it requires more extra work in the body to be eliminated. Number of people, today many scientists believe that these foreign molecules to the life we ​​always consume more involved and will lead to new health problems. That is why it is advisable for those who chose to consume vitamin C tablets, to select one that comes from fruits. And that's where our subject really begins ...

3 A real gem: the acerola cherry

acerola-detoureeFortunately, nature has provided for us an exceptional fruit, acerola cherry. It grows mainly in Brazil and has standout features ** about vitamin C: 40 g of acerola cherry contain as much as a kilo of orange! It was so quick to extract and provide as deliciously tart tablets, in the sweet name of acerola. But there is a problem of size: almost all of the products on the market is not at all consistent with what one would expect, after three muddles we will carefully describe you. There's no reason that you are the last to know ...

  • A molecule is said natural vitamin C levorotatory (L). It is totally assimilated. A synthetic molecule is a mixture of dextrorotatory and levorotatory molecules (D). The latter form is ineffective and rejected by the body.

Another fruit ** Amazon, the camu camu, is even richer in vitamin C than the acerola cherry. But extracting vitamin C camu camu is extremely expensive and can lead to a competitive commercial use. The extracts are found in some commercially available formulations are usually artificially fortified vitamin synthesis.

Tablets Acerola: three muddles
1 The amount of natural vitamin C tablet: deliberate deception

We have seen, the amount of vitamin C expected by the consumer are important. In order not to increase the number of pills to swallow, manufacturers have found it useful to provide a dosage of 500 mg per tablet. But in a reasonably sized tablet (2 grams), we can not technically integrate more than 120 mg of vitamin C extracted from acerola cherry. Whatever anyone tells you, anyone who tells you it's impossible. For the 500 mg, it is well off the mark ...

Never mind: Manufacturers have become accustomed, for several decades, to add vitamin C missing in summary form in a tablet that is not supposed to contain only natural! And this in proportions that allow trouble-free to qualify scam all compressed acerola supposedly dosed at 500 mg of natural vitamin C: intake is actually only 120 mg at best enhanced with 380 mg synthetic ... We even before you a product sold under the name acerola, which contains less than 10% of its vitamin C from the fruit in question! The smart shopper will yet the difference by carefully reading the list of ingredients (not the analysis) of the product, if the words "ascorbic acid" or "sodium ascorbate", "sodium ascorbate", "Vitamin C", "esther C "," preparation of vitamin C "will appear, it is synthetic vitamin in question.

You have the impression of having been abused? This is normal ... But how such a drift is possible?

No text defines what a tablet should be acerola, or "acerola". Here is a first open door. The second is even more surprising: Services Fraud, responsible for ensuring compliance labels do not differentiate between synthetic or natural products! So they do not care about whether a claim that they do not know nature is founded or not ... Manufacturers are stepping into the breach, and the speech goes with it: "Yes, our vitamin C is natural ' they say to anyone who will listen while being sure not to be worried about their big lie ...

Everyone has long been mistaken prescribers, naturopaths, physicians who advise you these products ... What about stores that you sell?

Many had a flea in his ear, and honestly, we were part of. But the swindlers showed such confidence in their arguments against crafty, confident of their impunity, we are done we go back like pancakes ... Until we really were investigating. This has earned us many more discoveries ...

2 The so-called "purity" of the extract
The famous acerola extract, the tablet manufacturers do not produce themselves, they buy it. This is how it is made: the small acerola cherry is milled, filtered and then mixed with water. The liquid thus obtained is reduced to powder form by evaporation of water at very low temperatures (made possible by the vacuum) and add maltodextrin. The extract obtained contains 17% of vitamin C, mostly. This is the case when the laboratory for extraction is far from the place of growing cherries, work then being done on green fruit, but frozen or ripe. When the extraction is done on site in Brazil with fruit at optimum ripeness, the extract can then hold up to 25% more vitamin C. How is it then that most manufacturers use extracts they buy guaranteed as to 30, 35 or even 40% of vitamin C? Just because here too there is cheating. And it is not detectable on the label ... Upon obtaining the extract before the powder is sold to a manufacturer of tablets, the laboratory added ascorbic acid in the preparation! And that fact, only industry professionals acerola knew until there is little: by 2000, almost all extracts of acerola were trafficked. Since then, the sector has partially cleaned on that point. Only partly ...

Be positive: there is a way that allows a manufacturer to be sure to have a supply of acerola extract quality?

Yes I do. He must first of all prefer a powder obtained in Brazil, of course. It is also necessary to perform an analysis to assess the level of vitamin C that contains this passage: if greater than 25%, we can be certain that what may appear as a guarantee of quality is rather a fraud ... But there is only one way that really possible to know if a string is free from any mixture with a synthetic Vitamin C: This is the analysis of carbon 14 Cost of operation for a simple Audit: about 2 000 ... It goes without saying that few operators provide the means to have a clear conscience.

3 Marketing and misnomer

Information flows ... We begin to know, distributors, it is not possible to concentrate in a tablet as much vitamin C as is natural to believe. The product which may not be technically credible long, many manufacturers have found another parade, even more pernicious than the two previous shenanigans: they deceive the consumer directly on the level of vitamin C tablet, natural or not. Lozenge contains so much less than one would assume. The following are the strings: one written in big on the packaging "Acerola 500", "600 Acerola" "Acerola 700 or 710," which suggests to consumers that the tablet contains as much vitamin C. In fact, it ' is much milligrams of acerola extract the tablet contains no vitamin C! Example: a tablet Acerola 500 contains 500 mg of acerola extract *; the content of vitamin C a sample is at most 25%, not really compressed contains at most 120 mg of vitamin C ...

  • To a 2 gram tablet. The rest consists of adjuvants such agents compression, polyols, sugars, flavors ...

Shame, but this is the big trend.

In all cases, when you offer a acerola whose name incorporates a number that is either 500 or more:
- the tablet is mainly composed of synthetic vitamin C
- it contains only 120 mg of natural vitamin C, in addition, for a 2 gram tablet.

It did the trick. That will be worth a good friends ...

Acerola, three alternatives
1 Our tablets

Note, to avoid any confusion, the companies that market these Acerola are not from the world of organic. They take advantage of this market by deceiving its customers, nuance. Note also that there are few tablets on the market (very few) who are not from malpractices, but none of them suits us so far. All contain ingredients or additives that we prefer not to see in the compositions of the products we carry: natural flavors (we banish), sugars or polyols synthesis, magnesium stearate or calcium, bioflavonoids from unidentifiable, etc. So ... We have chosen to make tablets, including vitamin C is exclusively extracted from acerola cherry, according to our quality criteria, the highest possible. Here are the details of the formulation:

Dosage Vitamin C: 120 mg

It is impossible to do more with natural vitamin!

Taking one, two or three tablets of 120 mg of vitamin C per day is more than enough for those wishing to maximize its contribution. Those looking for higher dosages will be condemned to consume vitamin C synthetic! Unless you consume nearly twenty (20!) Natural tablets daily for a total intake of 2 grams of vitamin C ... Hmm, free to everyone.

Quality extract

It is produced locally in Brazil from non-frozen ripe fruit. The rate of vitamin C is 25%. An analysis of carbon 14 dated September 2004 confirms that this source of vitamin C is completely natural and contains no additives. Acerola cherry resulting in this excerpt is from the collection of wild fruits that do not receive treatment. (Because of this wild, this acerola can have bio stated)


We chose not to include agents compression stearates of calcium or magnesium. Only the addition of non-cariogenic full sugar (Rapadura Demeter Brazil) allows the tablet to "hold".


No "natural flavors." The taste is given by an extract of orange peel organic (Arcadia, the same as we sell to Cook brand).

2 Powder Acerola Guayapi

Another alternative: not to consume tablets acerola, but directly from the extract.
Guayapi in offers high quality, prepared in Brazil. Taking a gram of this powder gives you 220 mg of natural vitamin C. A small rounded tablespoon contains about 2 grams, or 440 mg of natural vitamin C.

3 acerola juice bio Voelkel

Organic acerola cherry is here pressed and bottled without any other addition. 100 ml of this juice (half a glass) contains 650 mg of vitamin C.
This juice is very acidic and not necessarily pleasant as it is. We advise you to mix one or more tablespoons a yogurt or your favorite fruit juice.

Saturate your body of vitamin C!
Whether to counter the effects of stress, boost the immune system, prevent cardiovascular disease and even cancer, vitamin C is vitamin No. 1 against fatigue.

Saturate your body of vitamin C!

This is the most popular and best known vitamin.

In man are found in significant amounts adrenal, pituitary and liver, as well as in the eye, ovaries, testes, white blood cells, cartilage tissue, skin and spleen.

Scurvy, a vitamin C, affected marine probably from the beginning of the Navy. Explorers, soldiers and sailors could not eat normally. Hippocrates already mentioned in his works. In the thirteenth century, at the time of the Crusades, scurvy havoc, first reported by the chronicles. In 1593, Admiral Sir Richard Hawkins lives die of scurvy nearly 10,000 men under command. In 1498, Vasco da Gama lost 100 of his men by doubling Cape Horn, he almost be the same in the second voyage of Jacques Cartier, but this time his men were saved by decoctions of pine needles.

In 1757, in his treatise on scurvy, Lind concludes that fresh vegetables and fruits, especially oranges and lemons were effective remedy against scurvy. In the 1900 research were aimed at extracting vitamin C in fruit and vegetables. When finally discovered, it is named ascorbic acid and in 1933 was made the first laboratory synthesis of this vitamin.
Linus Pauling, who was double-Nobel laureate in chemistry, had a passion for this vitamin and probably helped to popularize. It took 18 gr and died more than 90 years!

Vitamin C is a multiple and substantial, particularly in terms of supporting tissues role; it is needed to make collagen, which strengthens connective tissue, muscles, blood vessels, cartilage, bone and teeth. More recent research has put forward the role of vitamin C as a powerful antioxidant.
It also plays an important role as a rebuilder agent in wounds as well as antihistamine. It helps in the formation of bile in the liver and plays an important role in the fight against viral attacks and as detoxifying.

Vitamin C and colds
The role of vitamin C as a preventative agent in colds is not yet clear, but its ability to significantly reduce the duration of his affections seems proven by research. Taking large doses of 1 to 8 grams per day can reduce the duration of a cold or flu more than 28%, the equivalent of a day. It is particularly effective in cases of colds and flu symptoms, when combined with Zinc. There is now on the market for tablets Zinc and vitamin C can reduce the duration of colds or flus these.
Some studies suggest it may also help seniors to better fight against serious respiratory infections.

Vitamin C and heart
Researchers at the University of Cambridge English for 4 years followed nearly 19,500 adults aged 45-79 years. They noted that in subjects with high levels of vitamin C in the blood, there was also a significant decrease in mortality from cardiovascular disease and thrombosis (men and women).

Vitamin C and diabetes
Diabetes can lead, after a while, damaging consequences to the body, such as vision problems, kidney failure, high blood pressure and neurological damage (loss of pain sensitivity including the feet).
Vitamin C has a molecular formula very similar to that of sugar and it is transported as the article in the cell by insulin. In the case of type II diabetes, the cells can show resistance to its use. To overcome this resistance must provide vitamin C to the body in larger quantities. It is estimated that at least 1,000 mg per day to meet the condition of diabetes.
When the body reaches the diabetic use a sufficient amount of vitamin C, it can frustrate some harm related to diabetes. One such harm is glycosylation of hemoglobin. This process is then opposed to the proper functioning of hemoglobin and causes signs related to aging.
A study showed that by providing 500 mg of vitamin C per day for diabetics, it significantly reduces the phenomenon of glycosylation.
In addition, another study showed that the 2000 mg daily intake of vitamin C, reduces blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides in blood of diabetics.

Daily needs
The vitamin C is water soluble, it does not accumulate in the body, which is not used is eliminated via urine, and is easily oxidized on contact with air and light. It is also sensitive to heat and is destroyed by cooking.
The minimum recommended dietary allowance by the official nutrition tables, is well below the actual needs, as would be around 100 mg per day. These tables take no account of many factors, such as pollution, stress, drug abuse and denatured food consumption.
Aspirin, birth control pills, to name two examples, significantly increase the need for vitamin C. Just as cigarette smoke for the smoker and for the one who suffers smoke smoker!
High doses of vitamin C, are by no means dangerous. In some people it may be diarrhea when more than 3 gr. Per day. Just slightly reduce the dose. Normally the onset of diarrhea indicate the level of tolerance of the body to the vitamin.
To protect many conditions and saturate our antioxidants and energy body, it is good to consume January-March grams per day of vitamin C.

Natural vitamin C is better absorbed than supplements, but they make it possible to do much more. It is easy to consume each day a few tablets of vitamin C 500 mg or even 1000. It would have to drink more than 3 liters of fresh orange juice, to achieve the same amount. Taking vitamin C supplements should not stop eating fruits and vegetables rich in this vitamin. Bring food in addition to many other essential to good use by the body of vitamin C. nutrients

The best food sources are all citrus fruits , the kiwi , the strawberries , the papaya , the cabbage , the broccoli , the green vegetables to leaves, red pepper .
The small West Indian cherry (acerola) and rosehip Bay are the richest natural sources with 1,300 and 1,000 mg per 100g respectively. They are however not easy to consume.

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How to know the virtues of acerola?
by natlie73 | How to know the virtues of acerola?
Also called "acerola" this little tart berry outcome mainly from South America is a great winter fruit good for health.

Implementation steps

Toning: Acerola is one of the richest in vitamin C fruit with a content 20-30 times greater than that of the orange! It is indicated in cases of fatigue, but also to eradicate the evils of winter, cold or flu. Indeed, this berry acts as an immune booster that strengthens the body's defenses and can therefore be taken as a preventive or curative against viral infections.
Mineralizing: This superfruit has significant levels of magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron and potassium. A cocktail of minerals worth it to be used as a treatment for stress or sudden fatigue, including change of season or in the heart of winter.
Antioxidant: this little cherry has strong antioxidant properties due to its high concentration of flavonoids and anthocyanins. So it's a food of choice to fight aging and destruction of cells by opposing the action of free radicals.
Anti-anemic: iron-rich acerola is known for these virtues haematinics valuable property for women during menstruation. Furthermore, the presence of vitamin C promotes intestinal absorption of iron from the body. That's why this dietary supplement (the most common form for absorption) is particularly recommended if dieting or extreme fatigue.
Restructuring: the high content of vitamin C helps increase the capacity of collagen synthesis by the body, which speeds healing. These properties are also involved in building cartilage, bone strength and elasticity of the skin.
Tips and Warnings

Tip (s):
Attention to the content of vitamin C: if you buy based tablets acerola know that they can not contain more than 120 mg of natural vitamin C, so from fruit. If the label ad 500 mg, is that there has been added vitamin C synthetic. What is not always mentioned.
Update (s) alert:
Good to know: acerola 500 does not mean 500 mg Vitamin C 500 mg but acerola tablets.

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