Camu Camu - A Vitamin C Superfood Champion


Vitamin C won't prevent a cold, but it can help beat it. Researchers have found that supplementing with vitamin C - as little as 200 mg daily - may shorten the duration and lessen the severity of the common cold.  But here's the caveat: you need to be consuming that amount on a daily basis; simply increasing your intake of vitamin C after your cold has already started seems to have little to no effect. So eat plenty of vitamin C rich foods every day, especially during cold and flu season, to keep your defenses strong. Two cups (290 g) of strawberries, 1 cup (150 g) of chopped red bell peppers, 2 large oranges, or slightly less than 1/4 tsp. of camu camu powder all contain around 200 milligrams of vitamin C.  

Camu camu berries are nature's vitamin C and known as one of the richest sources of vitamin C in the world. One tsp. of camu camu powder contains 1000 mg of your daily vitamin C needs. Vitamin C is an essential water-soluble vitamin that assists in the growth and repair of all body tissues. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant through which even small amounts can combat the damaging effects of oxidative stress on the body; it helps produce collagen, a structural component of the skin, blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, and bones - norepinephrine, a chemical that supports brain function, and carnitine, a compound that helps the body turn fat into energy.

Camu Camu are small, red berries that grow on tropical bushes (Myrciaria dubia) in the flooded lowlands of the Amazon rain forest.  Traditionally, these berries have been used to support the immune system; fight cold and flu viruses, maintain healthy eyes, gums, and skin, strengthen body tissues like collagen, tendons, and ligaments. 

Source: Powerful Plant Based Super Foods - The best way to eat for maximum health, energy, and weight loss. - Author: Lauri Boone, R.D.

Susan Arruda