Acerola (Malpighia glabra)
Acerola (Malpighia glabra) are evergreen, low shrubs or small trees with growth heights of mostly one to three metres, sometimes up to 10 metres. They belong to the Malpighia family and their fruits are edible.
Acerola is found in Texas, Mexico, Panama, Brazil, Guatemala and Jamaica. Acerola is seldom cultivated outside of these natural regions. The Acerola cherry is particularly interesting because of its extremely high vitamin C content of 1300 – 1700 mg per 100 g. This is about 30-40 times higher than that of oranges or lemons. Only Camu Camu contains about 3 times more natural vitamin C than Acerola. This is the basis for their great importance when used in nutrition and medicine, e.g. to strengthen the immune system.
Camu Camu (Myrciaria dubia)
Camu Camu has the highest known Vitamin C content of all fruits. With about 2000-2700 mg Vitamin C content per 100 g fruit, it provides 30-60 times more natural vitamin C than orange or lemon. Compared to an orange, Camu Camu not only contains many times more natural Vitamin C, but also 10 times more trace elements such as iron, twice as much phosphorus, proteins, beta carotene, calcium, Vitamins B1, B2 and B3 as well as an extensive complex of minerals and amino acids.
Camu Camu also contains natural additives, such as rutin and bioflavonoids, which increase the effect of Vitamin C and enable optimal bio-availability. In the Amazon region around Iquitos, Camu Camu is considered an aphrodisiac. In Europe the powdered fruits are mainly used as a food supplement, which strengthen the immune system, improve vision and mental clarity when under stress and anxiety.
Acerola and Camu Camu powder from HANDO® contains no synthetic ascorbic acid (vitamin C).