• Acerola is very low in calories. 100 g fresh berries provide just 32 calories. Nonetheless, they compose several health benefiting components such as vitamins, and pigment anti-oxidants that contribute immensely towards optimum health and wellness.
     
  • The berries have shown significantly high levels of anti-oxidants on comparison to some of other Amazonian fruits such as acai, abiu, wax jambu etc. Their antioxidant value is largely derived from poly-phenolic anthocyanidin compounds namely chlorogenic acid, ferulic acid, pelargonidin, malvidin, tannins, cyanidin-3-glycoside, quercetin, and kaempferol.
     
  • Acerola possesses highest content of vitamin C for any plant-derived fruits/berries, probably next only to another miniature Amazonian berry, camu camu (2000 mg/100 g). 100 g fresh berry provides astoundingly has 1677.6 mg of vitamin C that is about 1864% of daily-recommended intake. Eating a few (2-3 berries) would be sufficient enough to fulfill this vitamin's daily requirements. Vitamin-C is a wonderful natural antioxidant. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the blood.

  • The combination of vitamin C and phyto-chemical compounds in the Barbados cherry would help rid off harmful oxygen-derived free radicals from the body, and thereby, help boost immunity, protect the body from cancers, aging, degenerative diseases, inflammation and infections.
     
  • In addition, research studies suggest that chlorogenic acid in these berries may help lower blood sugar levels and control blood-glucose levels in type-II diabetes mellitus condition.
     
  • The berries also contain a small amount of B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, folates and pantothenic acid. It contains very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and folic acid. These vitamins acts as co-factors to help the human body metabolize carbohydrates, protein, and fats.