Lyme Disease and Vitamin C

Lyme Disease has been in the news a great deal recently, as more and more cases come to light. People contract Lyme Disease from the bite of an infected tick which results in a bacterial infection. In some cases, the first symptom is a red bull’s eye rash. In other cases, there is no rash at all, but a spreading infection which manifests in fever, headaches, body aches (tendons, joints, bones, muscles), fatigue, neck stiffness, arthritis with joint swelling and pain, nerve pain along with tingling and numbness, dizziness, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath.  

Lyme Disease is often difficult to diagnose because its symptoms mimic other diseases. Plus, many infected individuals don’t realize they have been bitten by an infected tick. In order to provide an accurate diagnosis, your physician will run lab tests (which are often inconclusive) as well as examine you, discuss your symptoms, and get your medical history. In most cases, antibiotics are given to aid recovery, though many continue to suffer with muscle/join pains and nervous system issues. Known as post-treatment Lyme Disease syndrome (PTLDS), help often comes in the way of natural supplements.

The castor bean tick (Ixodes ricinus)

Testimonials for Vitamin C and Lyme

Recently, here at MrRos.com, we were contacted by multiple customers who offered testimonials about the effectiveness of our Acerola Cherry in treating Lyme Disease and PTLSD, as well as controlling MCAS (Mast Cell Activation Syndrome) while other sources of Vitamin C have not been effective. The first customer offered this, “I deal with Chronic Lyme Disease. I work with a great Chinese Doc in FL, who added it to my regimen. They felt your source was a good clean source and are big on food sources versus artificial or synthetic sources. They have me taking 1 tsp twice per day.” The second said this, “It is great for the immune system, which mine is all messed up from dealing with Lyme Disease for so long. It is also good for the brain fog Lyme brings, with neuro inflammation. I also deal with a syndrome called MCAS, which is also an immune system dysfunction. Food sources of Vitamin C are great for “keeping MCAS” stable.”

Given these testimonials, it seemed a good time to explore the connection between the rich, natural Vitamin C source of Acerola Cherry in the treatment of Lyme Disease.  Most animals produce their own supply of Vitamin C, but not all animals and not humans, which means these creatures must get their Vitamin C from outside sources. Historically, Vitamin C deficiency is connected with Scurvy from which many a sailor died prior to the 19th century. During that time, it was recognized that eating citrus fruit would protect against Scurvy though the science behind it was unknown. Descriptions of Scurvy have been documented to the early Egyptians and later Hippocrates, and yet it was 20th century biochemist, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, who discovered Vitamin C and answered the question “why?” A decade later, Dr. Fred R. Klenner and Professor Linus Pauling carried Vitamin C research to the next level. Nobel Prize Winner Linus Pauling used Vitamin C himself, recommending it to all as a way to improve overall health and wellness.

Yellow warning sign “beware of ticks” at a sunny clearing in the forest

The Vitamin C – Chronic Lyme Connection

In the 21st Century, Lyme Disease is rampant causing much illness with many symptoms including nutritional deficiencies. Because nutrients are key in the function and support of the immune system, nutritional deficiencies make it even more difficult to fight diseases like Lyme. While those with Lyme are often deficient in magnesium, Vitamin D-3, zinc, Vitamin C, and probiotics (beneficial gut bacteria), our focus here will be on Vitamin C.

The adrenal glands and the brain are the body’s biggest users of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is crucial in the support of immune function. It is also key in the body’s ability to manufacture collagen, balance pH, neutralizing free radicals (it is an antioxidant), detoxifying the body of heavy metals and environmental contaminants, supporting gut health, and more. On average, the recommended dosage of Vitamin C is 10 to 20 grams daily with those suffering from Lyme Disease requiring 50 to 100 grams daily. Oral powdered formulas and liposomal products, which are more easily absorbed are by the human body, are the ideal source of Vitamin C. Bottom of Form

For those suffering from Lyme Disease, which results in reduced immune function, a constant, higher than average, supply of Vitamin C is needed because humans cannot make or store Vitamin C. The high dose of Vitamin C helps the immune system fight and recover from illness, plus offers a host of additional benefits. And this leads us to Mr. Ros Natural Vitamin C Acerola Powder, which began this discussion.

Natural Vitamin C Cherry Acerola Powder by Mr. Ros

Mr. Ros Acerola Cherry Powder is 100 percent pure wildcrafted and delivers one of nature’s richest sources of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid). All-natural Acerola is more easily absorbed than synthetic versions and offers an exceptional quality source for making liposomal Vitamin C. If you suffer from Lyme Disease, your immune system is compromised, and Vitamin C can help. If you have chronic colds, infections, fatigue, and premature aging issues, Vitamin C is effective for you as well, as these are all the result of a weakened immune system.

Acerola Cherry Powder by Mr. Ros is a product of the natural fruit of the organically grown Malpighia emarginata tree – natural acerola cherries. The tree is more commonly known as the Barbados cherry or wild crepe myrtle and produces red berries rich in Vitamin C which improve your overall immune system. While there are many acerola cherry product available, independent laboratory studies have shown Mr. Ros acerola cherry powder to be superior in quality with consistently high levels of Vitamin C and no additives. Plus, our acerola is harvested in Brazil where it is grown without the use of harmful pesticides. Each and every batch is independently testing assuring you of its high quality.

If you have Lyme Disease, chronic infections, or other immune system issues, isn’t it time to try Natural Vitamin C Cherry Acerola Powder by Mr. Ros? Order yours today and experience the health and wellness benefits of natural Vitamin C.

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Combatting the Flu with Acerola

This year’s flu season is one of the worst in just about a decade, and it just doesn’t seem to want to give up. People of all ages are being hospitalized, older adults being the ones most likely to be the most affected. While the flu vaccine has been recommended by doctors, this shot is not a foolproof preventative measure. There are additional measures you can take. With Acerola, you can beat the flu and prevent future colds and flu from occurring.

What is Acerola?

The Acerola is a cherry-like fruit, also called the Barbados cherry. This fruit grows on shrubs (or small trees) that are native to South America, Central America and Mexico. Prized for thousands of years by many indigenous cultures, the fruit is now exported all over the world.

The fruits themselves have a very distinct flavor, and can be used in many of the same ways that actual cherries are used. They can be eaten raw, baked into pastries, turned into jams or jellies, churned into ice cream, and even made into juice. What makes these fruits so popular, however, is their wealth of nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants. The most notable benefit of Acerola cherries, however, is that they contain the highest amount of vitamin C than any other fruits out there, which can assist your body in fighting off colds and the flu.

How Acerola Can Help Fight the Flu

Woman caught cold , flu, running nose.

The health of your immune system is essential for helping your body to fight off bacteria, viruses and other invaders, which aids in keeping you healthy. If your immune system becomes compromised, you are at a much greater risk for catching a cold or coming down with the flu, both of which can really wreak havoc on your body. Vitamin C is crucial for encouraging the production of white blood cells, which are the body’s first defense against foreign invaders.

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While vitamin C is so important, the body does not store it. This means that it needs to be replenished on a daily basis. Sure, you can get vitamin C from a variety of sources, including citrus fruits, but the amount of vitamin C found in Acerola cherries to be astoundingly high compared to other sources. The recommended daily dose of vitamin C is between 75 and 90 milligrams per day, with an upper limit of 2,000 milligrams. A single cup of Acerola cherries in their original state contains approximately 1,644 milligrams of vitamin C, whereas an orange, touted to be an excellent source, contains only 100 milligrams. A small amount of Acerola cherries or a small glass of Acerola cherry juice every day can provide you with all of the vitamin C you need every day. From 1967 on, Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling, who was a chemist, author and educator, recommended high doses of vitamin C every day. He used to take 18 grams a day, himself. He recommended this high dose as a preventative measure against cancer and colds and Flu.

Sick little girl with cold and flu standing outdoors. Preschooler sneezing, coughing, having runny red nose.

Our wildcrafted naturally grown,  Acerola powder from Brasil consists of only 100% pure Acerola cherries. Just 2-3 teaspoons a day is enough to give your immune system the boost it needs to fight off the flu and prevent future colds and flu from occurring. If you have a cold or a flu take 5-8 teaspoons for 7-10 days and when feeling better go to 2-3 teaspoons a day.  Additionally, Acerola powder is the best source to make liposomal vitamin C, which aids in your body’s ability to better absorb vitamin C. You can make liposomal vitamin C by combining our Acerola powder with  sunflower lecithin.

Don’t let the cold and flu season get you down. You can take action to keep yourself healthy.

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Wildcrafted Acerola & Acai vs Organic

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Our Açaí and Acerola berry powders are wildcrafted and people have asked us what this “wildcrafted” means. Let’s have a look at what the difference is between wildcrafted, organic and conventional ways of growing and harvesting plants.

Wildcrafted Acerola & Acai vs Organic vs Conventional

Wildcrafted, organic, and conventional are three ways to grow and harvest plants.

Wildcrafted

Wildcrafted Acerola & Acai grow in nature without any human involvement. There are natural stressors in this environment, like competing plants, fluctuations in sunlight and temperature, the availability of water, insects and disease.

The Acerola and acai are forced by these stressors to fully develop their nutrients and phytonutrients, which they need to thrive under these conditions. As a result, plants become more resilient, and the strength of their phytonutrients increase.

The body has greater chemical affinity and better recognizes wildcrafted plants because they grow naturally. Wildcrafted plants work better in reversing disease and supporting homeostasis than organically and conventionally grown plants.

Using wildcrafted plants is is also eco-friendly. Following wildcrafting harvesting guideline protects the plant’s environment. As a sustainable practice, herbalists gather roots, leaves, and seeds at the correct time of year during their highest potency. Careful to only gather a small percentage of any stand, wildcrafters have been ahead of their time in preserving the earth’s resources.

Harvesting Wildcrafted Plants

  • There are guidelines to follow when harvesting wildcrafted Acai & Acerola:
  • Never harvest an endangered species.
  • Do not pick immature plants.
  • Do not collect more than 15% of a particular in an area.
  • Do not harvest more plants than needed at a given time.
  • Do not damage surrounding plant or environment.
  • Never harvest plants that are close to industrialized areas or highways to avoid pollution contamination.
  • Do not harvest from compromised environments.
  • Plants seeds if the whole plants needs harvesting.

By following these guidelines, wildcrafting is environmentally sustainable, because this method will ensure new growth that will help maintain the environment’s ecosystem.

Organic

Commercially produced organic Acerola and Acai grow in controlled farm environments. Stressors are absent in these controlled environments, and so there’s nothing to bring out the full resiliency of the plant’s phytonutrients.

Organic plants shouldn’t be a product of genetic manipulation, yet they can be a product of hybridization. Hybridization is the combining or cross-pollination of two or more plants to create a new plant species.

There is no place for harmful synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides in commercially produced organic plants. It’s also not allowed to grow plants on polluted land.

Conventional

In terms of conventional growing of plants, there is very little regulation. You can genetically modify (GMO) or hybridize conventional plants, which can negatively affect the plant’s nutrient composition.

It is also possible to grow conventional plants using synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, and as a result increase the risk of cancer.

GMO and the use of synthetic fertilizers consequently develop abnormally big plants, which is good for production.
The plants become contaminated with these chemicals, and as a result often become carcinogenic and undermine the medicinal value of the plants.

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Energy Boosting Smoothie with Acerola Powder Cherry

Acerola Cherry Powder Smoothie

This smoothie is loaded with phytochemicals and flavonoids that are well known for providing an array of health benefits.

Acerola cherry powder is an extremely concentrated vitamin C source. Add ground flaxseeds, and you’re giving your body a boost of healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

INGREDIENTS

  • 15 frozen strawberries
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 orange
  • 1 c. of unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1 tbs. of ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 tsp. of acerola powder
  • Water (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Remove strawberries from freezer, rinsing them with cold water and allowing them to thaw for up to 15 minutes.
  • Peel both the banana and whatever other fruit you are using and break them up into chunks.
  • Put all ingredients into the blender, tightening the lid and process until you get a smooth consistency.
  • Take lid off and check the smoothie’s consistency. If you feel it’s too thick, add some water to it. Put the lid back and blend until smooth.

This wickedly healthy smoothie is guaranteed to make you feel energized all-day every day. Mix it up by adding a teaspoon of MCT Oil Powder, for some extra healthy fats,
or Lecithin Powder (available in three variations: Rapeseed, Sunflower and Soy), for that much needed protein.

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9 Acerola Berry Benefits for your Skin

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Acerola Cherries offers a ton of health benefits – we all know this. But did you know that there are also acerola cherry benefits for the skin?

Yes, you read that right

This pretty little berry is packed with vitamin C and can work wonders for your skin. Here are 9 acerola berry skin benefits.

Boosts Collagen Production

Due to the acerola cherry’s very high vitamin C content, this little cherry definitely gives your body a big boost in the production of collagen. Collagen is actually a protein that keeps the skin together. Thus, it makes the skin look younger and makes sure it retains its firmness and elasticity.

One study in the American Journal of Nutrition shows that women who are over 40 and have high amounts of vitamin C in their daily diets are less likely to develop wrinkles as compared to those who consume this vitamin in lesser amounts.

Acts as an Astringent

Just like hazel, acerola berries are an astringent. This means that acerola treats skin blemishes, promotes skin elasticity and even aids with digestive issues.

Skin Protector

If you consume acerola cherry powder regularly, it will help protect your skin from chemical stressors like cigarette smoke, pollutants and allergens.

But that’s not all. Acerola cherry can help speed up repairs of wounds, burns, scar tissues and even fractures.

Fights against Skin Ageing

Bioflavonoids play a key part in delaying the signs of skin ageing like wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet, laugh lines, dark spots, blemishes and so on.

Antioxidant Power

Vitamin C acts as an antioxidants that neutralizes free radicals, so your skin is less likely to get damaged.

Repairs Damaged Skin Cells

Acerola cherries also contain a healthy amount of Vitamin A, niacin, thiamin and riboflavin. These all promote beautiful and glowing skin.

Protects from Harmful UV Rays

UV rays can be very harsh to your skin. Acerola cherry protects your skin from these rays and thus protects you from damaging your skin.

Moisturizes Skin

Plenty of nutrients in the acerola cherry work together to hydrate the skin and improve its ability to retain moisture. And this works for all skin types.

Clears Up Acne and Other Skin Problems

Here’s the last of the list for acerola cherry benefits for skin. Skin problems like acne, psoriasis, and eczema are generally because of the lack of vitamin C in the skin.

Since the acerola cherry naturally has a high vitamin C content, regular consumption of this superfood will help you out with those skin issues.

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This acerola berry powder is suitable for kids and is one of nature’s richest sources of Vitamin C. Plus: it’s the best source for making Liposomal Vitamin C!

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Acerola Fruit Offers An Array Of Health Benefits

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Acerola, the edible Latin American-native tropical fruit is a sour red berry that’s loaded with a plethora of vitamin C. The acerola cherry (known as Malpigha emarginata) has emerged as a powerful superfood because of the host of benefits it offers. 

This tropical superfood is considered to be one of the world’s best sources of vitamin C. For example, 100 grams equates to 1,365 milligrams of vitamin C in fresh acerola. Think of it this way: oranges have around 50 milligrams of vitamin C in every 100 grams.

Vitamin C is an extremely important nutrient, responsible for keeping your bones, skin, teeth and immune system healthy and strong. Studies have shown that it has anti-histamine properties that can help stave off or ease various kinds of allergies.

A Natural Antioxidant

The fruit’s vitamin C means it’s a natural antioxidant, which is necessary to fight against free radicals that can lead to premature aging and the chance of suffering from degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and heart disease. Free radicals can occur because of normal metabolic processes, but most of them are produced because of:

〈 Air pollution

〈 Cigarette smoke

〈 Drugs

〈 Pesticides

〈 Radiation

It’s not that big of a surprise that the acerola fruit, with its copious amounts of vitamin C, that it surpasses many other fruits and berries for its antioxidant amount.  This has resulted in the development of many anti-aging products with acerola extract.

Acerola Fruit Powder Helps Better Your Eye Health

A study found in the European Food Research and Technology journal shows that acerola, whether consumed raw or in powder form, has a plethora of carotenoids like lutein, beta-cryptoxanthin and beta-carotene with levels similar to guava fruit, papaya and tomatoes.

Foods loaded with carotenoids offer an array of health benefits, but are especially known for bettering eye health. According to scientific research, the lutein and beta-carotene help stave off age-related macular degeneration, better night vision, stave off cataract development and decrease the chance for retinitis pigmentosa.