The Camu-Camu bush (Myrciaria dubia) grows in the Amazonian rain forests of Peru and produces a fruit with the same name. This fruit is best known for its unusually high content of Vitamin C, more than any known botanical plant on the planet. Camu camu is also contains powerful phytochemicals including the amino acids serine, valine and leucine. Camu camu trees take eight years to grow to maturity and are some of the most nutrient dense trees in the world. It takes 100 pounds of berries to make 4 pounds of dried camu camu, this is 25 times the concentration of the original berry. Don't be steered away by these 4oz bags, a little goes a long way!
To compare the Vitamin C in a Camu Camu berry to that of an orange. Oranges usually have between 1,000-3,000 ppm of Vitamin C. The Camu Camu berry has 50,000 ppm or about 2g of Vitamin C per 100g of fruit. This is 50 times more Vitamin C than an orange on an ounce-for-ounce basis. Just 1/2 teaspoon of camu camu berry powder contains 400mg of Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is known for preventing chronic diseases through its antioxidant properties by stopping free radical damage to the DNA of cells throughout your body. Vitamin C has also been known to prevent the common cold and also the flu. Another best-known use for Vitamin C is to protect your nervous system. Poor nutrition can weaken your nervous system. Giving your nerves a boost will help protect them from brain fog, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, vision impairments such as cataracts, and muscle weakness.
Camu Camu has also been shown to promote fertility by protecting you against toxins in your body to boost the chances of conception! There is also evidence of the Camu berry having anti-inflammatory effects, which can help arthritis sufferers. Camu has also been linked to positive effects on migraine treatments as long as MSG and aspartame are removed from the diet as well.
The natural Vitamin C found in Camu Camu is far more effective milligram for milligram than synthetic Vitamin C (asorbic acid). Many people have stopped their usual dosages of synthetic Vitamin C because they find the energizing, mood-lifting and immune boosting effects of Camu Camu much more effective.
Vitamin C Fact: Did you know that the human body does not manufacture Vitamin C? We need to get it from dietary sources. Today, we are so lucky to have access to this wonderful food. 5-10 years ago you would have to journey to the Amazonian rain forest to get some and hundreds of years ago, only the Kings and Queens were privileged and rich enough to access this kind of food. Not only is Camu Camu full of healing nutrients but it tastes amazing!
Suggested Use: You can add some powder to filtered or spring water and drink it just like that! Camu camu is also wonderful in smoothies. Mix it in with some coconut water, pineapple, a little chia and you have a delicious tropical smoothie!
*This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.