Grown in the Amazon rainforest, the numerous health benefits of camu camu have proven the cherry-like fruit to be a Peruvian superfood.
Did you know that the camu camu contains more Vitamin C than any other fruit on the planet? That is just one of the many benefits of camu camu.
Myrciaria dubia, otherwise known as camu camu (as well as camucamu, cacari or camocamo), is grown along the riverbanks of Peru’s rainforest. Reaching up to 5 meters in height, the shrubs produce small, bulby fruit that appear in enticing shades of red. The plant is extremely tolerant of flooding, withstanding 4 to 5 months submerged in water—from the roots to even much of the aerial parts.
Though native Amazon communities have long known of the powerful benefits of camu camu, it has gained international fandom within the last decade specifically for its myriad of health benefits.
Camu camu benefits
Like most Peruvian superfruits, you will get the most out of this vitamin C-packed fruit by eating it fresh. However, it is common to find the acidic fruit sold as a powder, extract and even capsules. In Peru you can easily find the whole fruit or its pulp packaged and sold in supermarkets and bioferias.
Though it can be quite sour when eaten fresh, the benefits of camu camu are worth puckering your lips for. A few benefits from the jungle superfruit:
- Vitamin C and antioxidants to fortify immune system and skin health
- Hormone balancing
- Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial
- Improve blood sugar and blood pressure levels
Vitamin C smoothie
To boost your immune system and recharge, try this Vitamin C-packed smoothie. Filled with benefits of camu camu, turmeric and ginger, this is a simple—and slightly spicy—way to stay healthy.
- Juice from 1 orange
- 1/2 cup of coconut water
- 1 banana
- 3-4 strawberries
- Handful of spinach
- 1/2 inch of ginger root, peeled
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon camu camu powder
Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth, adding ice to thicken or more coconut water to thin.
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