Acerola contains an amazing amount of Vitamin C -- just one small scoop (provided) of its concentrated powder delivers fourteen times more vitamin C than an orange -- and it's been shown to be better absorbed and able to stay in the system longer before being excreted than synthetic forms of ascorbic acid.
Acerola also provides Vitamins A, B1, B2 and B3, as well as multiple bioflavins and carotenoids, which have powerful antioxidant properties exceeding those of other tropical fruits.
Flora's powdered form comes from the juice pressed from acerola fruit organically grown in Brazil. You can either reconstitute it and drink it on its own, or simply add it to smoothies and juice blends.
Acerola (Malpighia emarginata) has several other names, including the Barbados or West Indian cherry, and they indeed looks quite a lot like some types of regular cherries North Americans are familiar with, as you can see here -- although their tart, tangy taste is a bit more sour.
Organic Acerola fruit juice powder, sourced from Brazil. Raw, Vegan, Non-GMO, and Gluten-Free. Kosher Check certified.
One scoop contains 900 mg Vitamin C.
Adults: Dissolve 1 scoop (3 g) powder in water or other beverage. Drink once daily.
Store at room temperature. Keep in a dark place without direct sunlight.
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