28th December, 2011 - Posted by Victoria Girard - No Comments
The Acerola cherry, also known as the Barbados cherry or West Indian cherry, contains an astounding amount of vitamin C. 100g. of Acerola cherries yields an amazing 1,000-3,000mg. of vitamin C whereas 100g. of oranges only yields about 50mg. of vitamin C.
Vitamin C is extremely beneficial for your skin; keeping it strong and youthful. Your skin needs vitamin C to produce collagen, one of the main structural building blocks within your skin.
As you age many factors, including sun exposure, free radicals, pollution, and chemicals in cosmetics, weaken and damage your collagen causing wrinkles and loose skin. In order to sustain younger looking and acting skin it’s crucial that your collagen is replenished and maintained.
Acerola cherries supply an ample amount of vitamin C so that your skin has the ability to produce collagen quickly and efficiently. This will help your skin stay firm, tight, and wrinkle free; HOORAY! And they say diamonds are a girl’s best friend!
Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals, protecting your skin from their destruction. Free radicals are unstable molecules that weaken and damage your skin making vitamin C a pretty important workhorse.
Acerola cherries also contain a substantial amount of vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin which all promote beautiful skin. Vitamin A arms your skin with wrinkle fighting elements that help prevent skin damage. Thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin are B vitamins which support the skin in repairing damaged skin cells.
Finding fresh Acerola cherries may be a bit challenging, especially if you live in a colder climate. Thankfully, it is also available in powder form so that you can easily add it to drinks and smoothies. Having it in powder form allows you to experience the wonderful benefits of these amazing berries without the worry of storing them or only enjoying them in certain parts of the country.