What makes the difference between a fruit and a “super” fruit? A super fruit is typically a fruit that packs an extraordinary number of antioxidants and nutrients compared to what you would expect from your average fruit. Camu camu, a citrus fruit found within the Amazon rainforests in Peru, Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela, may just be a true superfruit, which is why you’ll find it as an ingredient in Jon Barron’s Private Reserve Superfood Formula.
In fact, among many camu camu health benefits is that this fruit is the single most concentrated source of vitamin C found in nature, containing 30 to 60 times more vitamin C than an orange. Just one serving of camu camu powder contains about 1180% of your recommended daily intake for vitamin C. You would need to eat more than 10 oranges to get the same amount of vitamin C!
Vitamin C, in addition to being an essential nutrient, as you are probably aware, has many healthful benefits. Studies suggest that camu camu vitamin C may be helpful for a variety of issues or conditions such as:
- Boosting immune system function
- Maintaining healthy gums
- Improving vision for those with uveitis (an inflammation of the middle part of the eye)
- Treating allergy-related conditions, such as asthma, eczema, and hay fever
- Reducing effects of sun exposure, such as sunburn or redness
- Alleviating dry mouth, particularly from antidepressant medications
- Healing burns and wounds
- Decreasing blood sugar in people with diabetes
Some studies have also shown that Vitamin C may be helpful in lowering rates of cancer (such as skin and cervical cancer), preventing macular degeneration, and increasing the elasticity of skin to help avoid the formation of wrinkles.
If the health benefits of the Vitamin C aren’t enough, camu camu also contains thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin and is rich in bioflavonoids and antioxidants. In addition, 71.1 milligrams of potassium are found in every 100 grams of camu camu. It also contains the amino acids valine, leucine, and serine – all essential acids that our bodies can’t produce.
According to a study published in a 2008 issue of the “Journal of Cardiology,” when taking regular doses of camu camu juice, patients exhibited significant benefits in their oxidative stress and inflammation levels after seven days. The study shows that camu camu may be as effective as vitamin C tablets in fighting free radicals and reducing oxidative stress in the brain.
Other benefits that have been associated with camu camu include:
- Natural antidepressant
- Prevention of cataracts
- Skin regeneration
- Helping with brain function
- Helping with asthma
- Helping with atherosclerosis
- Helping with chronic fatigue syndrome
- Helping relieve headaches
- Helping with osteoarthritis
- Increased energy
HOW TO TAKE IT
Camu camu looks like a large grape, but is almost never consumed as a whole fruit except by natives in Peru and Brazil. As for its taste, on the positive side, it has hints of hibiscus and berry – but mostly, it has an extremely sour, acidic taste, which is why it is often used as a supplement in powdered form. It is not uncommon to consume it in smoothies or fruit juice concoctions to make it more palatable. Camu Camu side effects are currently unreported.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. And these products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.