Camu Camu powder is made from the fruit of the Camu Camu tree, a small bushy riverside plant. Our camu camu powder can be mixed with fruit juices or blended into smoothies, to add concentrated vitamin C goodness to your diet and benefit from the most potent available plant source of essential ascorbic acid, in its active natural form.
The primary benefit of the fruit is related to its high content of vitamin C. It has 30 times the amount present in an orange. However, it is due to its complex blend of other natural vitamins, minerals and nutrients that the vitamin C is so efficiently absorbed in the pulp, and in turn, our bodies. Most synthetically produced vitamin C supplements contain only ascorbic acid, which, in isolation, cannot deliver the same level of nutrients as a natural whole-food source that is packed with supporting phytochemicals, antioxidants and cell-protecting flavonoids. Therefore, camu camu is considered far more effective than commercially produced vitamin C tablets.
Again, compared to an orange, camu camu has 10 times more iron and 2 times more riboflavin (vitamin B2) which are both important for body growth and red cell production; it has 3 times more niacin (said to maintain good cholesterol levels) and is highly rich in potassium, needed for nerve function, muscle control and healthy blood pressure. It is also an excellent source of beta-carotene, which when converted by the body into Vitamin A, is associated with improved eyesight. Essential amino acids (valine, leucine and serine) are found in camu camu and, as building blocks for protein, are vital for the growth, repair and maintenance of the body.
Camu camu’s anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties have made it popular for relieving cold and flu symptoms whilst it has also been linked with use for more serious conditions such as diabetes and cancer.
In addition, it promotes the production of collagen needed for firm skin and supple joints, making camu camu desirable for its anti-aging properties too. As an emollient (moisturiser) it is sometimes used in shampoo to add shine and strength to the hair.
Camu camu is also thought to be beneficial to our mental wellbeing. In The Clinician’s Handbook by Dr Gary Hull it is listed as no.2 for its mood-balancing potential. As such, camu camu could help combat the effects of depression.