Mother Nature Organics | Health Benefits of Camu Camu - For Immune Support

Camu camu, or Myrciaria dubia, is a fruit-berry, similar to cherry in color.

It’s native to the Amazon rainforest but has gained popularity worldwide due to its many purported health benefits.

Camu camu berries are tart in flavor, which is why they’re commonly found in supplement form as powders, capsules, or as a juice.

Camu camu is considered a superfood, mainly due to a high content of certain nutrients, antioxidants and powerful plant compounds, including vitamin C.

Here are some evidence-based health benefits of Camu camu:

  1. High in Vitamin C

Camu camu is rich in vitamin C, which plays many important roles in your body. For example, it helps strengthen your immune system and is needed for the formation of collagen, a protein that supports your skin, bones, and muscles.

What’s more, Vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant, protecting your cells from unstable molecules called free radicals. Though free radicals are a normal byproduct of cellular function, too many can be formed as a result of stress, poor diet, and exposure to pollution.

When free radicals outnumber antioxidants in your body, it leads to a condition called oxidative stress, which has been linked to chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Eating foods rich in antioxidants like vitamin C can help prevent oxidative stress and combat free radical damage.

Our Organic Raw Camu Camu Powder can deliver up to 790% of the Reference Daily Value (RDV) of vitamin C per teaspoon (5 grams).

Keep in mind that the level of vitamin C in camu camu can vary depending on harvest season, process and batch. 

  1. Contains Powerful Antioxidants

Camu camu has impressive antioxidant capacities, as it’s loaded with Vitamin C along with many other potent compounds like flavonoid antioxidants, including anthocyanins and ellagic acid.

Antioxidants are substances that protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals. Excess free radicals in your body can lead to chronic conditions like heart disease and cancer over time.

  1. May Fight Inflammation

Camu camu may be effective in reducing inflammation in your body.

Chronic inflammation negatively impacts the health of your cells and has been linked to conditions like cancer, heart disease, and autoimmune disease.

Camu camu fruit pulp contains ellagic acid, an antioxidant that has been shown to inhibit the inflammation-triggering enzyme aldose reductase.

The seeds of the camu camu fruit contain powerful anti-inflammatory compounds as well, and a study found that extract from the seeds suppressed inflammation.

 

Our Camu camu powder can be easily added to smoothies, oats, muesli, yogurts, and salad dressings. Combining it with other flavors masks the sour taste and makes it more palatable.

A good tip is to always add camu camu to food after cooking to prevent the loss of nutrients from the heat, especially vitamin C.

Aside from this form, camu camu is available in concentrated supplement.

 

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