Camu-camu is a low-growing shrub found throughout the Amazon rainforest, mainly in swampy or flooded areas. Camu-camu fruit has the highest recorded amount of natural vitamin C known on the planet. In comparison to oranges, camu-camu provides thirty times more vitamin C, ten times more iron, three times more niacin, twice as much riboflavin, and 50% more phosphorus.
It also has a full complement of minerals and amino acids that might aid in the absorption of vitamin C.* To learn more about this wonderful rainforest plant, go to theTropical Plant Database file on Camu-Camu or check out Leslie Taylor's new book on Camu Camu. Click here to read the introduction to Camu Camu: Nature's Secret for Disease Prevention. To see pictures of camu-camu, click here.
Traditional Uses:* for its natural high vitamin C content; for colds/flu (for its vitamin C content); for skin care/anti-aging (for its antioxidant, mineral, and vitamin content); as an edible fruit/fruit juice
Suggested Use: The natural dried fruit powder can simply be stirred into juice or water, added to smoothies or other drinks, prepared into tea, or stuffed into capsules. The suggested use is 1 teaspoon 2-3 times daily.
For more complete instrutions on preparing herbal infusions see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page Contraindications: None known.
Drug Interactions: None known.
Camu-Camu Plant Summary
Main Preparation Method: fruit juice
Main Actions (in order): antioxidant, nutritive, anti-aging, cancer-preventative, antiobesity
as an antioxidant to prevent chronic diseases
for its natural high vitamin C content
for healthy aging
as an adjunctive for diabetes and high blood pressure
Other Properties/Actions Documented by Traditional Use: nutritive
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