Camu camu (Myrciaria Dubia) is a healthy food and fruit native to the Amazon. It is a riparian shrub plant of the black water rivers of the Peruvian Amazon, although it is also found in areas with clear waters, natural populations of shrub camu camu have been identified in the Nanay, Itaya, Napo, Putumayo, Yavarí, Marañón and Ucayali.
Camu camu is consumed by the natives and is harvested in canoes through the rivers. Currently it is grown on a large scale and is highly commercialized, its ascorbic acid content is extremely high, much higher than those found in the pulp of others citrus fruits, known as rich sources in vitamin C. It has good flavor and works as an antioxidant.
With a super-high levels of vitamin C, phytochemicals and amino acids, this Amazon fruit has lots of surprising benefits for your health.
This antioxidant fruit is also a good source of potassium, calcium, protein, beta carotene, amino acids, and powerful phytochemicals. It has astringent properties (healing action), antioxidants (protects cells against free radicals), anti-viral (colds and flu) and anti-inflammatory (relieves arthritis and other inflammatory diseases). Camu Camu offers a lot of benefits for your health preventing diseases.
- Strengthens and maintains the immune system.
- Promotes the energy and vitality of people with chronic immune dysfunction.
- Prevents cancer and heart disease.
- Revitalizes the nervous system.
- Detoxifies the body.
- Prevents stress.
- Promotes a good heart health and circulatory system.
- Promotes the absorption of nutrients (including iron) in the digestive system.
- Fundamental for sperm production.
- Helps to fight against diabetes.
- Accelerates cicatrization.
The camu camu fruit tends to have a bitter taste, so it is consumed as a supplement in capsules or directly in powder.
Camu-camu powder can be added to smoothies, green juices, fruit juices, yogurts, porridge, fruit salads, ice cream, jam … or just mixing it with a glass of water, many people enjoy this fruit in frappes, sweets and drinks.