The acerola cherry is mostly noted for its high concentration of ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Acerola cherries contain more vitamin C than other fruits. Vitamin C helps you form strong collagen, skin, blood vessels and muscles, helps heal wounds and keeps bones and teeth healthy. Vitamin C is not stored in the body, which means it needs to be replaced daily. Getting enough vitamin C also supports nervous system function, helps you metabolize fats.
Acerola cherries also serve as a significant source of vitamin A. Your body uses vitamin A to regulate gene activity and guide cell development. It aids in the growth of new lymphocytes — a part of your immune system — and red blood cells, the cell type responsible for transporting oxygen in your bloodstream.
The bioflavonoids and carotenoids of acerola are powerful antioxidants that aid in keeping a check on the cholesterol levels of the body.
Acerola also contains a small amount of fiber, which benefits your digestive health.