Camu camu is the newest super food rock star! Camu camu is a shrub native to the South American rainforests and fields of Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela. It produces an abundance of berries that pack a powerful vitamin punch.
The leaves and berries of the camu camu have been used for thousands of years by South American natives for medicinal purposes. This small cherry-like berry is nutrient dense, rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. The camu camu berry is available in various forms, including liquid, powder and capsule for oral consumption. It is also used in topical lotions and oils.
Researchers have discovered it contains high antioxidant properties that aid in skin and eye health, strengthening of the immune system, decreased depression and lowered risk of arthritis, asthma and gum disease. Camu camu may also help protect against cancer.
Camu camu is an excellent source of essential nutrients, amino acids, antioxidants and anti-viral properties vital to health and wellness. Along with additional nutrients, camu camu contains the following essentials:
Vitamin C: promotes bone strength, blood vessels and skin
Potassium: enhances nervous system, muscle contraction, fluid balance
Leucine: aids in stabilization of weight, lean muscle mass and cholesterol levels
Valine: promotes normal growth, tissue repair, blood sugar regulation, mental function
Serine: aids in brain function, central nervous system function
Gallic Acid: protects against cancer and neural degeneration
Ellagic Acid: used to fight cancer and to treat bacterial and viral infections
*Camu camu is a natural supplement presently unregulated by the FDA. Although this super berry seems to have beneficial health properties, consultation with your physician and caution during use should always be exhibited. As always, anything in excess might be potentially harmful.
Camu Camu Berry-ade
1/2 Tbsp. honey
1/4 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice
2 Tbsp. camu camu powder
1 quart water
Mix ingredients together in a blender and pour into a glass pitcher. Chill before serving.