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Camu-camu - a new superfood that contains a richness of vitamin C

Camu-camu is an Amazonian plant that grows in moist regions and is often found on riverbanks. The fruits of this plant resembles cherries. The fruit is very sour. The plant reaches about 5 meters and belongs to the Myrtaceae family. The plant in its place of origin is not an important food source due to its too sour taste. Rather, it is used as a medicine mixing with water or milk and sugar.

It is worth paying attention to them, due to the fact that camu-camu contains as much as 60 times more vitamin C than oranges. According to some sources, these fruits are the richest source of vitamin C in the world.

In addition to a large dose of vitamin C, camu-camu provides amino acids such as: 

  • Serine
  • Leucine
  • Valine

Eating these fruits supports the body and helps reduce ailments such as:

  • Inflammation
  • Gum diseases
  • Depression
  • Allergies

Due to its strong antioxidant effect, camu-camu removes free radicals from the body. Its action can be compared to acerola cherry or acai, but it is even stronger.

What nutrients can we find in camu-camu fruits?

These include:

  • Vitamin C
  • Manganese
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Zinc
  • Carotenoids (including lutein, zeoxanthin and beta-carotene)

Strengthen your immunity system

Vitamin C is essential for strengthening immunity. It seals blood vessels, destroys free radicals and detoxifies the body. You will find 56 times more vitamin C in camu-camu than in lemons.

Improve liver health

Camu-camu contains antioxidants that are beneficial for detoxifying the body. Vitamin C contributes to the acceleration of liver healing after damage caused by toxins. The camu-camu juice also includes an ingredient called 1-methylmalate, which additionally supports the work of this organ.

Improve your mood

By drinking camu-camu juice, we increase the secretion of serotonin, which is responsible for a good mood. Research shows that vitamin C deficiency often occurs in people with depression. If you're feeling like you're suffering from winter depression, eat more citrus, especially those high in vitamin C.

Positive effects on the health of gums and mouth

To keep oral health, you have to take care of an appropriate amount of antioxidants in the diet. Camu-camu reduces inflammation and supports the oral mucosa, so you can reduce the risk of diseases.

Stop aging

Antioxidants protect cells from factors that are responsible for the aging of the organism. By eating camu-camu, you supplement the deficiency of antioxidants and reduce the risk of developing diseases such as:

  • Macular degeneration
  • Deterioration of eyesight
  • Crohn's disease
  • Alzheimer's disease

Antioxidants also improve the condition of the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

How to use camu-camu?

Camu-camu is most often sold in powder form - as is acerola cherry. You can add it to yogurt or oatmeal. Due to its very sour taste, camu-camu is best diluted in liquid. Some use camu-camu powder in the form of a skin mask because it has a brightening effect. Other forms of camu-camu are juice and pills. Food products such as ice cream or yogurt with the addition of this ingredient are also appearing more and more often.

Camu-camu should be used in small doses, because its overdose can lead to effects such as:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Kidney problems

The fruit can interact with some medicines.