Vitamins and nutrients in the acerola
The acerola is a cherry that is grown mainly in Caribbean countries and Brazil. There it is also considered a very effective medicinal plant against colds, fever and diarrhea.
In addition, it should be contagious and good for the liver and kidneys. No wonder: The acerola cherry contains many vitamins and nutrients. That makes them even more popular with us.
Especially the vitamin C content of the cherry is legendary and is one of the highest in the world. Only the local rose hip has a similarly high content of vitamin C.
Interesting to the acerola
Anyone who wants to buy and consume fresh acerola cherries in this country must be very lucky. The fruits have not really prevailed in the local supermarket.
But the juice of the cherry, which is available in some shops to buy, is very healthy and also very refreshing, especially in the summer.
If you also want to benefit from the healthy effects of acerola and vitamins and nutrients from the fruit, you can also buy natural supplements that contain acerola as an ingredient.
Acerola is considered a veritable vitamin bomb: Above all, the above-average content of vitamin C speaks for the still relatively unknown fruit in this country.
Vitamin C is a vitamin essential for humans, i. it can not be produced independently by the organism and must therefore be absorbed by appropriate foods. Acerola is the optimal candidate for this, because this particular cherry is next to the dried guava the richest vitamin C fruit.
Especially smokers, older people as well as pregnant women and nursing mothers should keep an eye on their vitamin C supply, because they are considered as a risk group.
Acerola contains about twice as much of the C vitamin as papaya. It is therefore a suitable food to meet the vitamin C need in a quick and easy way.
Vitamin C (also called ascorbic acid) is important for the human immune, nervous and cardiovascular systems. It also plays a crucial role in human bone formation as well as in skin and mucous membranes. In order to prevent deficiency symptoms (e.g., mucosal bleedings, growth disorders), attention should therefore be paid to a vitamin C-rich diet.
The acerola is a superfood not only because of its high ascorbic acid content, but also in terms of its considerable vitamin E content. The good composition of containing B vitamins also speaks for the West Indian cherry. Thus, the acerola is also helpful for our cells and various metabolic processes. It can also help to prevent the development of arteriosclerosis.
Another plus point of Acerola is its low calorie content. In addition to rhubarb, it is one of the lowest-calorie fruits and is therefore particularly suitable for people who pay attention to their daily calorie balance for various reasons (health, sports, diet, etc.). The low-calorie cherry also has a very low fat content, which additionally characterizes the natural vitamin booster for the health-conscious diet.
Also interesting: Although the fruit is a cherry species, it is not comparable to our local sweet or sour cherries (shadow morels), which are mainly used for desserts. The acerola has rather a sour taste and thereby only a small amount of sugar.
Nutritional values per 100g
Energy (kilocalories) 16 kcal
Energy (kilojoules) 69 kJ
Fat 230 mg
Carbohydrates 2,660 mg
Protein (protein) 210 mg
Salt 8 mg
Dietary fiber 1,600 mg
Minerals 450 mg
Bread units 0,22 BE
Vitamins values per 100g
Vitamin A – retinol equivalent 28 μg
Vitamin A – beta-carotene 170 μg
Vitamin E – Alpha-tocopherol equivalent 300 μg
Vitamin E – alpha-tocopherol 300 μg
Vitamin B1 – thiamine 20 μg
Vitamin B2 – Riboflavin 73 μg
Vitamin B3 – niacin, nicotinic acid 410 μg
Vitamin B3 – Niacin equivalent 460 μg
Vitamin B5 – pantothenic acid 330 μg
Vitamin B6 – Pyridoxine 9 μg
Vitamin B7 – Biotin (Vitamin H) 2.0 μg
Vitamin B9 – total folic acid 6 μg
Vitamin C – ascorbic acid 999.999.999999 μg
Calorie values per 100g
Energy (kilocalories) 16 kcal
Energy (kilojoules) 69 kJ
Energy incl. Fiber (kilocalories) 20 kcal
Energy incl. Energy from fiber (kilojoule) 82 kJ
Minerals values per 100g
Sodium 3 mg
Potassium 83 mg
Calcium 12 mg
Magnesium 12 mg
Phosphorus 17 mg
Sulfur 10 mg
Chloride 10 mg
Trace elements values per 100g
Iron 240 μg
Zinc 350 μg
Copper 120 μg
Manganese 30 μg
Fluoride 18 μg
Iodide 1.0 μg
Carbohydrate values per 100g
Glucose (glucose) 923 mg
Fructose (fructose) 1,123 mg
Monosaccharides (1M) 2,046 mg
Sucrose (beet sugar) 614 mg
Disaccharides (2M) 614mg
Total sugar 2,660 mg
Dietary fiber values per 100g
Poly-pentoses 240 mg
Poly-hexoses 320 mg
Poly-uronic acid 320 mg
Cellulose 320 mg
Lignin 400 mg
Water-soluble fiber 400 mg
Water-insoluble fiber 1,200 mg
Amino acids values per 100g
Isoleucine 9 mg
Leucine 17 mg
Lysine 17 mg
Methionine 3 mg
Cysteine 2 mg
Phenylalanine 8 mg
Tyrosine 6 mg
Threonine 9 mg
Tryptophan 3 mg
Valine 11 mg
Arginine 11 mg
Histidine 5 mg
Essential amino acids 101 mg
Alanine 14 mg
Aspartic acid 29 mg
Glutamic acid 33 mg
Glycine 11 mg
Proline 11 mg
Serine 12 mg
Nonessential amino acids 110 mg
Uric acid 15 mg
Purine 5 mg
Fatty acids values per 100g
Dodecanoic acid / lauric acid 1 mg
Tetradecanoic acid / myristic acid 2 mg
Hexadecanoic acid / palmitic acid 44 mg
Octadecanoic acid / stearic acid 7 mg
Saturated fatty acids 54 mg
Hexadecenoic acid / palmitoleic acid 2 mg
Octadecenoic acid / oleic acid 37 mg
Monounsaturated fatty acids 39 mg
Octadecadienoic acid / linoleic acid 74 mg
Octadecatrienoic acid / linolenic acid 17 mg
Polyunsaturated fatty acids 91 mg
Long-chain fatty acids 184 mg
Omega-3 fatty acids 17 mg
Omega-6 fatty acids 74 mg
Glycerol and lipids 46 mg