All You Need to Know: Acerola

Super foods definitely aren’t going anywhere in 2017, in fact if anything the list is getting longer - and the same can be said for your vocabulary. New introductions set for 2017 include kava, rose, acerola, super greens (wheatgrass), holy basil, medicinal mushrooms (reishi and chaga) and adaptogenic herbs (maca and ashwagandha) - to name just a few. Some we’ve heard of, some we’re excited to try. 

But here at HQ, super foods are far more than trends - yes, we’re proud that we know how to pronounce ashwagandha, but more, we’re proud that we’re taking advantage of the incredible benefits of these superfoods in our products - from the hormone balancing, energising effects of maca in our bliss balls, to the anti-ageing, blood building benefits of wheatgrass in our salsa verde. And our new superfood on the scene? Acerola. Historically, it was used to treat a whole host of ailments from inflammation to scurvy, but today is well known for it’s list of body loving benefits: 


WHAT IS ACEROLA? 

Acerola is a bushy shrub or small tree, which bears a small red fruit similar to a cherry - hence why it can also be referred to as ‘acerola cherry’. It’s grown in warm states of America such as Texas and Florida, as well as Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean - with Brazil currently standing as the largest grower. The fruit is picked, dried and turned into a powder to create the superfood we use at pollen.


HEALTH BENEFITS 

Blood Sugar Regulation:
The antioxidants found in acerola can help to slow the release of sugar into the bloodstream, helping to maintain regular healthy blood sugar levels -  helping to maintain emotional balance, stop food cravings and sustain energy levels. 

Free Radicals Fighter: 
Acerola contains a diverse mix of antioxidants, including both carotenoids and bioflavonoids, which help to neutralise the effects of free radicals in the body. Free radicals are the damaging byproducts of cellular metabolism that cause healthy cells to mutate into unhealthy cells - the cause of serious disease.

Anti-Ageing:
Again, thanks to those antioxidants, acerola helps to prevent ageing to the body both on the inside and out. The antioxidants help to cleanse the body of dangerous toxins and substances that can cause harm and damage over time, with the catenoids helping to boost your overall skin health, helping towards a glowing, healthy complexion. 

Cold Fighter:
Acerola cherries have one of the highest contents of vitamin C of all fruit and veg (coming in second place, with only camu camu ahead of it). Vitamin C helps to stimulate the production of white blood cells - your bodies front line of defence against viruses and infections, therefore boosting your immune system, fighting off infections and allowing your body to heal quicker. 

Hormone balancing:
Acerola berries are packed with vitamin B, which help to regulate hormonal and metabolic processes, keeping your body running smoothly and effectively. Balanced hormones lead towards clearer skin and mood stabilisation. 



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