- Acerola is a fruit. It is rich in vitamin C, and also contains vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin. People use it for medicine.
- Acerola is used to treat or prevent scurvy, a disease caused by vitamin C deficiency. Acerola is also used for preventing heart disease, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), blood clots, and cancer.
- Some people use it to treat the common cold, pressure sores, bleeding in the eye (retinal hemorrhages), tooth decay, gum infections, depression, hay fever, and collagen disorders. Athletes use acerola for improving physical endurance.
- The health benefits of acerola are due to its vitamin C content.
- Acerola is POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults. It can cause some side effects including nausea, stomachcramps, sleepiness, and insomnia. Doses that are too high can cause diarrhea.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of acerola during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
- Gout: The vitamin C in acerola might increase uric acid levels and make gout worse.
- Kidney stones (nephrolithiasis): In large doses, acerola might increase the chance of getting kidney stones. That’s because of the vitamin C in acerola.
Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination:
- Fluphenazine (Prolixin) interacts with ACEROLA: Acerola contains vitamin C. Large amounts of vitamin C might decrease how much fluphenazine (Prolixin) is in the body. This might decrease how well fluphenazine works.
- Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with ACEROLA: Warfarin (Coumadin) is used to slow blood clotting. Acerola contains vitamin C. Large amounts of vitamin C might decrease the effectiveness of warfarin (Coumadin). Decreasing the effectiveness of warfarin (Coumadin) might increase the risk of clotting. Be sure to have your blood checked regularly. The dose of your warfarin (Coumadin) might need to be changed.
Minor Interaction Be watchful with this combination:
- Estrogens interacts with ACEROLA: Acerola contains a large amount of vitamin C.Vitamin C can increase how much estrogen the body absorbs. Increasing the absorption of estrogen can increase the effects and side effects of estrogens.
- Some estrogen pills include conjugated equine estrogens (Premarin), ethinyl estradiol, estradiol, and others.
Acérola, Acerola Cherry, Barbados Cherry, Cerise des Antilles, Cerise de la Barbade, Puerto Rican Cherry, West Indian Cherry. Malpighia glabra, Malpighia punicifolia.
Source: WebMD, “Acerola”, www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/