Camu camu is a shrub found in the swamp or flooded areas of the Amazon rainforest and could be the next superfood to hit the North American markets soon. The shrub bears large berries that can look like cherries. These berries turn out to be one of the top vitamin C foods, for they have more of this vitamin in them than any other food source on the planet, sometimes as much as 60 times more vitamin C than an orange!
Camu Camu also comes equipped with a powerful concoction of amino acids like serine, leucine and valine, as well as phytochemicals and minerals that can help a range of maladies in the body. Camu camu has been used for everything from inflammation, gum health and herpes to eye health, mood and more. Animal studies have shown that camu camu has antioxidant and antigenotoxic affects.
Acerola and acai are two superfoods known for their extremely high vitamin C content, but camu camu contains even more vitamin C. Camu camu is fairly new to to the global market, but it’s popularity worldwide is growing. Is it all a bunch of unwarranted hype or is this Amazonian berry truly as super as we think? Let’s see!
Camu Camu Nutrition Background
The camu camu berry comes from the camu camu shrub (Myrciaria dubia) that grows around nine to 14 feet tall. The small tree is in the myrtle (Myrtaceae) family. The shrub is related to the rumberry and guavaberry and produces a yellowish/red fruit that is excessively sour, which is why it is commonly ground into a powder and mixed into other things. The wild shrub can yield around 26 pounds of berries per year.
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