HISTORY AS A SUPPLEMENT
Acerola extract is often used in North America because of its high vitamin C content. Until the discovery of the camu-camu plant, the richest known natural source of vitamin C was the extract of the acerola fruit. When compared to oranges, acerola extract can contain as much as 90 times more vitamin C, according to Rain Tree Health.
USE IN CANCER TREATMENT
According to Right Health, acerola extract is used to prevent the onset of many age-related diseases. It exhibits many cytotoxic effects, leading some to believe it is useful in treating cancer. However, acerola extract’s benefits are not considered a replacement for prescription cancer treatments. Contact your doctor before considering its use, because it can have negative interactions with other drugs.
Acerola extract acts as a free radical scavenger for the skin, Rain Tree Health says. As a result, it has begun to see use in various anti-aging skin care products. Acerola also contains mineral salts, which help return minerals to stressed areas of skin. Its mucilage and protein content also provide hydration to the skin.
ANTIFUNGAL AND ANTIBACTERIAL PROPERTIES
Rain Tree Health notes that the extract of the leaves, bark and fruit of the acerola plant act as antifungal agents. Right Health states that it also has some antibacterial properties. It is claimed to even have the ability to reverse multi-drug resistance. Multi-drug resistance is where a disease-causing organism is resistant to more than one type of drug that is meant to eliminate that particular organism.