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Acerola is a berry found on a tree that grows in Central and South America. It can be taken as a pill, juice, or syrup. It is high in vitamin C which helps the body fight off disease.


There are no advised doses for acerola.

What Research Shows

Not Enough Data to Assess

There is not enough data to support that acerola is helpful in treating health problems. We will review future studies as they are published.

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Safety Notes

It is likely safe to take acerola in small doses over a short period. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to take for a long period.


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1. Mezdari, T, Fernández-Pachón, MS et al. [The acerola fruit: composition, productive characteristics and economic importance]. Arch Latnioam Nutr. 2006;56(2):101-109.

Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC  Last Updated: 3/2/2019