Camu camu (Myrciaria dubia) is a native bush to the South American rainforest that produces a fruit containing more vitamin C than any other known botanical source. For comparison: a fresh camu camu berry may contain up to 4% vitamin C, whereas a lemon may contain at most 0.5% vitamin C. Some sources estimate that camu camu berries have 30 times as much vitamin C as oranges. Camu Camu is loaded with an incredible 380 mg of immune-supportive Vitamin C in every 1/2 teaspoon serving!|
Indigenous Amazonian peoples would pick the camu camu berries in season, dry them, and use them medicinally for the rest of the year. This purplish-red berry becomes light beige in color when dried and powdered.
The camu camu berry is an excellent source of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, the amino acids serine, valine and leucine, as well as small amounts of the vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin). Camu camu also contains high levels of anthocyanins (a powerful antioxidant), bioflavonoids, and other essential co-factors. All of these nutrients help the body make full use of the abundant levels of Vitamin C found in this superfruit. For proof of this we need only turn to Dr. James Duke, notable USDA scientist and author of The Green Pharmacy: "I take vitamin C for colds...I prefer to get mine from camu camu, the amazing Amazonian fruit that has the world's highest vitamin C content."
Traditionally, camu camu has been used to:
* support the immune system
* maintain excellent eyesight
* create beautiful skin
* ward off viral infections
* support strong collagen, tendons and ligaments
* decrease inflammation
* improve respiratory (lung) health
* help maintain optimal clarity of mind in times of stress and anxiety
Camu camu berries especially support the functions of the brain, eyes, heart, liver and skin.
In a comparative study of hundreds of botanicals, ranked in order of effectiveness for various health conditions, camu-camu was ranked among hundreds of herbs as follows:
Gingivitis/Periodontal disease #1
Migraine headaches #1
Parkinson's disease #1
**This comparative study's results are not FDA approved. We make no specific claim as to the camu camu berry's medical properties.
How to use Camu Camu berry powder
Add approximately one half teaspoon (3 grams) or more to juices, smoothies, raw ice creams, raw desserts, or simply to your drinking water.
- As a natural vitamin C source, this product may be used in conjunction with MSM powder to rejuvenate collagen and improve the health of the skin.
One can increase one's dosage of camu camu with time. Note that absorption of the Vitamin C in camu camu may be significantly enhanced by combining it with MSM powder, the gel from raw, fresh Aloe vera, or both. Diarrhea symptoms indicate excessive intake of camu camu.
Taste: Camu camu berry powder tastes delicious and tangy.
"One of the most powerful botanical substances known. If you know the power of vitamin C, camu camu berry powder is the best source. It's essential." - David Wolfe, author of The Sunfood Diet Success System and Eating for Beauty
"There is no doubt that ascorbic acid [Vitamin C] is required for the synthesis of collagen in the bodies of human beings and other animals. One of the important functions of collagen is its service in strengthening the intercellular cement that holds the cells of the body together in various tissues. It is not unlikely that part of the effectiveness of vitamin C against the common cold, influenza, and other viral diseases can be attributed to this strengthening effect, and in this way preventing or hindering the motion of the virus particles through the tissues and into the cells." - Linus Pauling, Vitamin C, the Common Cold, and the Flu, 1971, p.43-45