Oriental medicine has become big even in the world market. When do not work, many people turn to cures from the east – and Japan is one of the main countries which offer leading cures. Surprisingly enough, one of the most popular cures in Japan today is not indigenous to the country. I am talking about the acerola berry, which is used widely across the country to cure the common cold.
The acerola berry is a small red berry which is native to the West Indies. It is also known as the Barbados cherry or wild crapemyrtle. Products based on the acerola berry are very popular in Japan today. In fact, if you were to visit Tokyo, or any other major city in Japan, you would see bottles and bottles of acerola berry products. Drug stores, supermarkets, and even convenience stores carry these products.
Why is the berry so popular? Because it is quite effective in keeping one healthy and keeping the common cold away. More than that, the acerola berry (or its products) can make your cold go away faster. The concept is nothing new, really. The reason behind the effectiveness of the acerola berry is its high vitamin C content. It also contains a lot of flavanoids.
How potent is the acerola berry? According to some studies, a drop of acerola juice can contain the same amount of vitamin C that an 8 oz can of orange juice has! So, if you are interested in something healthy and novel (at least for us in the west), you might want to check out acerola berry products.