The acerola cherry is mostly noted for its high concentration of ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Fresh acerola can contain
as much as 3.5% ascorbic acid by weight, and a 180mL glass of fresh squeezed acerola juice can contain as much vitamin C as 14 liters of orange juice! The vitamin C in the acerola cherry also has
a higher absorbance into the body than other natural sources. One study found that the bio-availibility of vitamin C in acerola is 1.63 times higher than that found in synthetic sources. Acerola
is also a source of vitamin C, iron, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin B, although levels do not typically exceed 10% of your recommended daily allowance. A study published in 2006 in the
journal Rural Science compared the anti-oxidant capacity of 14 different amazonian/latin american berries and found that acerola scored the highest. Another study published in the April, 2004
issue of Phytotherapy Research found that acerola cherry juice extracted in acetone and hexane helped inhibit tumorous cell growth in oral squamous cell carcinoma and human submandibular gland
carcinoma cell lines. Acerola may also improve the anti-oxidant capacity of other nutrients when they are consumed together.
Collagen is a form of fibrous protein that is normally present in the bodies of humans and even mammals. It provides a supportive structure for various body
tissues such as muscles, bones and ligaments and prevents them from falling apart. It works with another compound called Elastin to provide strength and firmness to the tissues. Collagen also
works to keep the skin looking firm, tight, flexible and youthful looking. Young people naturally produce more collagen than older people. With age, the collagen in the body breaks down leading
to wrinkles and folds around the mouth. As such, collagen stimulation leads to a more youthful looking skin. The substance has been used for a long time in combating signs
Inulin is a natural soluble dietary fiber, which is derived from chicory root. research is showing that inulin has even more health benefits. Fiber from
inulin can boost bone strength, help control blood sugar levels and may even reduce cholesterol. Intakes of fiber are linked to less cardiovascular disease and fiber plays a role in gut health,
higher intakes of fiber are linked to lower body weights.