What Camu-camu berries are
Camu-camu is antioxidant-rich Inca crop found in the Amazon rainforest. It produces round, reddish orange-colored berries the size of red cherries. Camu-camu berries have the highest recorded amount by weight of natural vitamin C known for a fruit. In comparison to oranges by weight, Camu-camu yields 30-50 times more natural vitamin C, 10 times more iron, 3 times more niacin (vitamin B3), twice as much riboflavin(vitamin B2), and 50% more phosphorus. This nutrient-dense superberry also has a full complement of naturally-occurring minerals, bioflavonoids and amino acids (co-factors) that aid in far more effective absorption of natural vitamin C in our bodies (as compared to taking synthetic/isolated Vitamin C in the form of supplements).
The camu-camu berry has outstanding antioxidant properties with compounds likes anthocyanins, flavanols and resveratrol. Antioxidants help to strengthen the immune system and protect the cells from free radical damage, which counteracts the effects of aging.
In addition to that, camu-camu contains beta-carotene, calcium, leucine, protein, serine, thiamin, and valine.
In the Peruvian Amazon area, camu-camu berries (being too sour to be eaten plain) have been traditionally made into juice to support the immune system, fight viral infections and maintain optimal health.
Health Benefits of Raw Camu-Camu berry powder
1. Boosts the immune system - fights viral infections such as the common cold, the flu, herpes virus.
Furthermore, the Camu-camu berry powder is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent the buildup of plaque in the arteries.
2. Enhances skin care and joint health - aids collagen formation
Getting an adequate amount of dietary natural Vitamin C every day is vital for the production of natural collagen to enhance skin elasticity as well as to support joints and cartilage health – helps reduces cartilage loss . Camu-camu berry’s anti-inflammatory properties may reduce joint inflammation.
3. Supports eye health
Getting plenty of natural Vitamin C can help prevent eye diseases such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
4. Heightens brain performance
Improves mental clarity and prevents ‘brain fog’. Helps protect your brain against oxidative damage and neurodegenerative disorders. Camu-camu protects the nervous system, allowing the brain, eyes and nerve endings to endure under stress and environmental toxins.
5. Mood-lifting and Energizing
The high concentration of natural vitamin C complex in Camu-Camu berry powder catalyzes the production of serotonin – the “feel good” hormone in the brain that controls sleep, mood, appetite and libido.
Nature’s Superfoods’ Raw Camu-Camu berry powder is…
…made from 100% organic whole Camu-camu berries, dried and ground at low temperatures to preserve nutrients.
No added additives or preservatives or sugar. Certified Organic (USDA & EU), Low GI (Glycemic Index), Raw, Gluten-free.
Packed in 100g resealable pouch – enough to last 1 person approx. 50 days at 2g or half a teaspoon a day.
How to enjoy Raw Camu-Camu Berry Powder:
As Raw Camu-Camu Berry powder provides a sourish, tangy taste, mix it into smoothies, fruit juices, raw honey drink, or sprinkle on top of yoghurt, granola or raw desserts, to top up your daily Vitamin C requirements.
Recommended daily intake: Just half a teaspoon (2g) provides approx. 250mg of natural Vitamin C. Intake may be increased if you do not get your 3 servings of fruits and vegetables daily or when one suffers from a viral infection. Smokers will also need a higher intake of natural Vitamin C.
To know more about daily Vitamin C requirement, the difference between natural Vitamin C complex (like Camu Berry powder) and synthetic/isolated Vitamin C supplements, and other health benefits of camu-camu berry powder, download our write up here: Organic Raw Camu-Camu Berry Powder