WHAT IS ACEROLA?
Acerola is a superfood with a high vitamin C content.
Here we explain additional functional benefits and sources of appeal associated with acerola.
A superfood high in antioxidants
One of the advantages of acerola is its high level of antioxidants. These are important for maintaining beauty and health by limiting the levels of reactive oxygen, which causes cell aging, disease, wrinkles, spots, and other indications of skin aging.
While many fruits have antioxidant properties, acerola stands out as a superfood with an abundance of antioxidants.
* ORAC is a value that indicates a substance’s capacity to absorb reactive oxygen. In the United States, the index is used to measure antioxidant power based on numerical analyses.
Acerola grows in the tropics and contain high levels of vitamin C, polyphenols, and other antioxidants that protect the fruit from a harsh environment that exposes it to high temperatures and intense UV rays.
The secret behind the antioxidant properties of acerola lies in the high amount of vitamin C (34 times higher than that of lemons) and polyphenols (as much as in grapes and blueberries) that it contains.
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The appeal of acerola as a superfood
Here we introduce acerola, which has caught the attention of the Japan Superfoods Association.
Now you, too, will understand the allure of acerola.
High rates of internal vitamin C absorption
Research conducted by Nichirei Foods reveals that the natural vitamin C in acerola is absorbed by the body’s cells in greater quantities than is synthetic vitamin C.
Cell absorption of vitamin C requires the generation of vitamin C transporters, which act as gateways to facilitate this absorption (figure 1).
Acerola juice has been found to generate more of these transporters than synthetic vitamin C (figure 2), and this superior capacity for vitamin C generation is due to the polyphenols in acerola. Further, research has revealed that cells absorb vitamin C from acerola more quickly than they do synthetic vitamin C. They take in the same quantity of natural vitamin C in one hour as it takes them to absorb synthetic vitamin C for two hours (figure 3).
Facilitates collagen production.
Collagen helps human skin retain its firmness and elasticity. In-vivo production of collagen cannot occur without vitamin C.
An experiment using cells, conducted by Nichirei Foods, confirmed that vitamin C contained in acerola powder generated excellent collagen production effects, resulting in 27% more collagen production than does synthetic vitamin C.
Acerola-based Drinks Result in Better Skin1
One of its trials involved a survey, by Nichirei Foods, of subjects whose consumption of acerola-based drinks was ongoing. Their skin condition was assessed according to the visual analog scale (VAS).2
Twelve days after the start of the trial, the subjects reported a greater general improvement in the overall condition of their skin than did subjects who had consumed vitamin C drinks or placebos. In particular, the former group noted a much greater improvement in the skin’s softness and luster.
The subjects who consumed vitamin C drinks noticed no significant improvements in the condition of their skin, which suggests that ingredients in the acerola-based drinks interact with, and enhance the effects of, the vitamin C.
Anticipated future effects
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Improvement in intestinal environment
Research has shown that combining powdered acerola and acerola fruit juice with microorganisms from the human intestinal tract increases the amount of lactobacillus bifidus and other substances that are good for the body, such as acetic acid and butyric acid.
Suppresses blood pressure increases*
The polyphenols in acerola have been shown to moderate the absorption of sugar. Research is being conducted into the possibility that they may also help prevent the rise of blood-sugar levels.
Suppression of cerebral hypofunction
Research is being conducted into the possibility that polyphenols found in acerola picked at an early stage of growth may reduce oxidative DNA damage, which is thought to accelerate aging and the deterioration of learning and memory functions.