Camu Camu- The Benefits Of This Nutrient Dense Amazonian Superfruit
Camu Camu- The Benefits Of This Nutrient
Dense Amazonian Superfruit
Written by: Drew Canole
All berries have incredible antioxidant and cell-protecting nutrients called phytochemicals. These neutralize free radicals in the body that may otherwise cause disease. They help protect us against EMFs and radiation. The flavonoids in berries helps us with mental clarity, memory and learning.
Who doesn’t love a delicious, nutrient filled handful of fresh berries? The question is, how many different kinds of berries have you tried? Did you know there are other types of berries that are just as potent nutritionally as blueberries and raspberries?
If you’ve never tried camu camu before, the time is now, my friend!
Vitamin C, valine potassium, iron, riboflavin, phosphorus, beta-carotene, calcium
The berries of the camu camu tree have been used by native Amazonians for hundreds of years. They believed it helped with longevity, treating infections and as a pain reliever. Unless they’ve visited South America, most stateside folk don’t know about the many benefits that can be received from this delectable jungle berry.
Camu camu is good for emotional and mental well-being. It supports the nervous system, protects the liver and strengthens the immune system. Gary Null, Ph. D. lists camu camu as #2 on his list of plants that have mood-balancing chemical properties. Camu camu is a used as a holistic treatment for depression and can be taken safely alongside pharmaceuticals with no side effects.
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral properties: Camu camu has the highest recorded amount of natural vitamin C on the planet.
One serving of camu camu has 1180% of your daily need of vitamin C! This crucial antioxidant helps to neutralize free radicals and protect your body from various diseases. It is also a building block for collagen – a protein that helps gives skin its elasticity. Want to avoid wrinkles? Eat your camu camu!
In a study done to test the anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties of camu camu, Japanese researchers took 20 male smoking volunteers and had them take either camu camu juice or vitamin C tablets for 7 days. After the 7 days, they measured everyone’s oxidative stress levels and found that those taking the camu camu showed a significant decrease versus no decrease in those taking vitamin C tablets.
More research has been done comparing vitamin C tablets and extracts of camu camu that prove this berry is much more potent in the body than vitamin C supplements.
Studies also show camu camu consumption may help support a healthy liver and suppress liver injury.
7 Ways To Enjoy Camu Camu:
#1 Powder form
The fruit can be sour and is most often consumed in powder form. The recommended dose is one teaspoon of powder a week. You can add it to yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, juices, jam, etc.
#2 Immune-Boosting Smoothie
#3 Camu Berry Lemonade
- ¼ teaspoon camu camu
- berry powder
- 2 cups unsweetened kefir
- 1 ounce elderberry extract
- ½ cup frozen aronia berries
- Stevia extract to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix well! Drink soon after blending.
#4 Camu Camu Energy Drink Juice Recipe
#5 Supplement form
You can find camu camu berry supplements online. Be sure to get organic if possible.
#6 Spiced Camu Cider
#7 Mango Camu Frozen Yogurt
Don’t miss out on the benefits of the Amazonian superfruit!
Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.
As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.
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