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Malpighia emarginata (Acerola)

Malpighia emarginata is a tropical, fruit producing tree (sometimes shrub) that is naturally found in South America, southern Mexico, and Central America. There have recently been efforts to grow the tree in southern Texas (in the United States) and certain areas of Asia, and these efforts have seen limited success. The malpighia emarginataís fruits are known by a number of names, including acerola (which is what we will be using here), the Barbados cherry, the West Indian Cherry, and the Wild Crepemyrtle.

The acerola is rich in vitamin C. The acerola is known to have more Vitamin C than some citrus fruits (i.e. the orange) and that vitamin C can be easily absorbed (even more so than any synthetic vitamin C supplements). Even though the acerola is best known for its vitamin C content, it also has a number of other nutrients that work together to make this fruit incredibly nutrient rich. Vitamins A, B1, B2, and B3 are the other vitamins that are prominent in these fruits. Acerola also have carotenoids and biofalvonoids, which work together for both nutrition and antioxidant uses.
Many supplements, especially those that are meant to increase vitamin C intake, contain the acerola fruitís extract.

Here are some of the most common uses for this extract in a medicinal sense:

- Acerola is commonly used in the treatment and/or prevention of a disease known as scurvy. Most people only know of scurvy from pirate movies, but it is a disease caused by a lack of vitamin C in a personís system.
- Acerola is used in medicines that prevent heart disease, especially those related to artery clogging and blood clots.
- Some people will take acerola supplements to prevent cancer.
- Acerola is sometimes used in the same way orange juice is; for example, many people will take an acerola supplement to prevent or treat the common cold.

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