Do you get a stomach ache after you take a vitamin C supplement? Well today, most vitamin C supplements are made from highly processed, high fructose corn sources, and these typically irritate your stomach and bowels.
To complicate matters even more, today we have the health and safety concerns with GMO corn, so vitamin C from “corn” may be even less nutritious as a source of vitamin C and totally mess up your stomach.
Here’s the solution: search for vitamin C supplements using pure and natural fruit sources, specifically from the acerola cherry.
Acerola (Malphighia glabra) is a small tree that grows in dry forests. It produces an abundance of bright red fruit with several small seeds that look similar to the European cherry, and is known in the Antilles, Barbados, and Puerto Rico as the West Indian cherry tree.
Vitamin C from acerola fruit is known to be one of the richest natural sources of ascorbic acid in the world. Oranges provide 500 to 4,000 parts per million (ppm) of vitamin C, aka ascorbic acid, whereas acerola provides ascorbic acid in a range of 16,000 to 172,000 ppm.
The mature fruits are juicy and soft with a tart flavor. Acerola grows wild in northeastern Brazil, and is native to northern South America, Central America, and Jamaica. Its cousin, M. punicifolia, grows as far north as Florida and Texas.
Acerola contains up to 4.5% vitamin C, compared to 0.05% in a peeled orange. The vitamin C content of acerola varies depending on ripeness, season, climate, and locality.
As the fruit begins to ripen, it loses a great deal of its vitamin content, so most commercially-produced acerola is harvested while the fruit is still green.
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Acerola also provides twice as much magnesium, pantothenic acid, and potassium as oranges. It also contains vitamin A (4,300 to 12,500 IU/100 g, compared to approximately 11,000 IU in a raw carrot), thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin in concentrations comparable to those in other fruits.
In today’s world of depleted soils and foods, I think most everyone needs extra vitamin C daily. I highly recommend buying a vitamin C supplement from acerola.
And enjoy a bowl of cherries.
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Before taking vitamins, consult your doctor; pre-existing medical conditions or medications you are taking can affect how your body responds to multivitamins.
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