Superfood Saturday: Acerola Cherries are Feisty Little Fruits

Good ol’ Shakeology®. It’s packed with so many powerful and delicious ingredients from around the world that today’s ingredient spotlight is on a tiny tropical fruit that packs quite the punch. Say hello to the Acerola Cherry.

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The what?

The Acerola Cherry. Webster breaks down its pronunciation like this: “As-uhroh-luh” Cherry.

But we think it’s much easier to sound it out this way: “Asa-roll-a.” (Much simpler, huh?!)

Or, you could make it simple on yourself and call it one of the many other names it goes by around the world, such as the Puerto Rican Cherry, Antilles Cherry, West Indian Cherry, or Barbados Cherry. But here at Beachbody®, we call it like it is—the “Asa-roll-a” Cherry.

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Where do acerola cherries come from?

The acerola cherry grows on small shrubs that thrive throughout South America, Central America, and the southern portion of the United States. These cherries are often very juicy and usually have both a sweet and sour flavor. And most importantly, they’re super-healthy for you.

What makes the acerola cherry so super?

First of all, just one cherry has 65 times more vitamin C than an orange and about twice the potassium, magnesium, and vitamin B5. And that’s no typo. The acerola cherry is the second richest fruit source of vitamin C in the world. Only camu-camu (which is also in Shakeology) has more. And since vitamin C is water-soluble (versus fat-soluble, like most other vitamins), it bonds to water molecules and gets flushed out of the body rather quickly. So that’s why we need to consume vitamin C on a daily basis. The vitamin C in acerola cherries have higher absorbency rates into the body than other natural sources. Plus, acerola cherries also contain other key minerals our bodies need, such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin.

Why vitamin C is on the A-list of vitamins.

Vitamin C is crucial for our bodies to function properly (and not get scurvy!). It’s known to help repair bones and cartilage as well as support healthy immune, heart, and eye function, and is also a powerful antioxidant. This necessary nutrient is also essential for proper absorption of iron into the bloodstream, which significantly impacts the blood’s ability to rejuvenate and oxygenate cells.*

Antioxidants rule the school.

Antioxidants are good little soldiers that fight free radicals in our bodies. What’s a free radical you ask? It’s an unstable molecule that doesn’t have an even number of electrons. It’s always looking to steal another molecule’s electron so they can get their act together and become stable. The problem with that (besides the fact that stealing is wrong!) is this process damages healthy cells, which could then lead to health problems. And once an electron is stolen from a stable molecule, it then becomes a free radical and is looking for a way to steal back the electron the initial thief stole from them. Moral of the story: Free radicals, bad. Antioxidants, good. Consume foods with lots of them (antioxidants, NOT free radicals).*

Acerola cherries also contain anthocyanins.

Pronounced “an-thuhsighuh-nins,” this element is a plant compound and pigment responsible for the dark purple, red, and blue colors of many fruits that also acts as a powerful antioxidant in the human body. They promote heart health, support memory function, and promote healthy blood sugar levels.*

Superfoods to the rescue.

If the acerola cherry sounds like a superfood, well, it kind of is. A superfood is the name given to the most nutrient-dense foods on our planet. Superfoods go beyond meeting basic nutritional needs; instead, they have high concentrations of multiple nutrients, such as antioxidants, phytonutrients, or adaptogens, that work together to support the immune system and help fight aging.* And that’s why we pack Shakeology with a ton of them.

Cheers to good health.

So now that you know a bit more about what’s so super about Shakeology, you can feel even better about fueling your body up with the Healthiest Meal of the Day®.

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*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.

One Comment

  1. The images are not of the Barbados Cherry. It’s lighter in colour and has a seed that splits into 4 pieces.

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