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Health • 08 September 2021 • 3 min

What is acerola cherry good for and how does it work?

By Zinzino

The boldly and deeply red acerola cherry is a tropical plant that’s celebrated for its medicinal properties. It’s long been loved as a tasty natural remedy for coughs and colds. While acerola produces cherry-like berries, these aren’t the type of cherries found in the fruit section of a supermarket.

Used for centuries in regions like Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, leveraging its antioxidant powers for supplements, modern medicine across the Western world is now turning to acerola as one of mother nature’s best kept vitamin C secrets.

Useful nutrition facts about acerola cherry

The most common reason people consume acerola is for vitamin C. However, acerola fruit is also high in vitamin A, small amounts of vitamin B, magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc, and iron. Delivering concentrated nutrients and antioxidants, the acerola cherry is also a rich source of polyphenolic flavonoid compounds, which give the fruit its pigment.

For one cup of raw acerola cherries, your nutritional breakdown looks like this:

  • 1,680 mg vitamin C
  • 38 mg vitamin A
  • 0.8 mg copper
  • Pantothenic acid 0.309
  • Riboflavin 0.06 mg 
  • 18 mg magnesium
  • 146 mg potassium
  • Thiamin 0.02 mg.

Benefits related to acerola berries

Acerola cherry is used for vitamin C deficiency, to protect against oxidative stress, and to keep the immune system functioning well, in particular during and after intense physical exercise. Vitamin C from the acerola cherry has many health benefits, and contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.

When interpreting the benefits of acerola berries, it’s best to look at specific supplements. Xtend+ and ZinoGene+, for example, are the two Zinzino products utilizing acerola cherry.

Xtend+ is an all-natural, advanced immune and nutritional supplement that contains micro- and phytonutrients, including 22 essential vitamins and minerals, with 80mg of vitamin C from acerola berries that contributes to 89% of a person’s required daily value.

Xtend+ contributes to a normal energy-yielding metabolism*, supports healthy bone and joint function*, and immune system*.

ZinoGene+ is a complex formulation of senolytics and fucoidan (a natural polysaccharide from seaweed), polyphenols, vitamin C, and zinc that supports DNA synthesis1 and cell division2. 12mg of vitamin C is sourced from acerola cherry extract, contributing to the protection of cells from oxidative stress3,4.

These cutting-edge innovation food supplements provide ample vitamin C for the body… and so much more.

Acerola cherry as natural source of Vitamin C

While it’s possible to consume raw acerola cherries, products like Xtend+ and ZinoGene+ deliver complimentary health benefits. Choosing the right vitamin C supplement is important. A lot of products available today use a synthetic form of vitamin C (ascorbic acid, which is produced in a laboratory).

With vitamin C being a powerful antioxidant that’s present in the brain, blood and muscles, our bodies benefit the most from the natural, pure form. Both Xtend+ and ZinoGene+ contain the highest quality of vitamin C, straight from the plant source, as we do with all of our other ingredients.

Alongside the all-important vitamin C, we’re able to access other nutrients, carotenoids and bioflavonoids. Get into the habit of always checking the ingredients list, even if a product claims it’s natural. Key here is that natural supplements list food sources, instead of chemical names such as ‘ascorbic acid.’ Xtend+ and ZinoGene+ leverage the best of nature to restore and rebalance the body. You’ll know exactly what’s in both products and what food each ingredient was sourced from. These food supplements are nature.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

1. Zinc normal DNA synthesis

Zinc contributes to normal DNA synthesis.

2. Zinc cell division

Zinc has a role in the process of cell division

3. Zinc protection of cells

Zinc contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress

4. Vitamin C protection of cells

Vitamin C contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress