Camu camu fruit was originally noticed in the Amazonian rainforest of Peru. It is found that the camu plant grows well in swampy or flooded areas. The indigenous people of Peru neglected the fruit because of its acidic sour taste. It was not at all popular in ancient times. Health benefits of camu berries have been recently discovered; and as fresh fruits cannot be made available everywhere, camu camu juice, capsules and powder is manufactured and made available for the benefit of people all over the world.
Camu berry resembles a large grape and has a purplish red skin with a yellow pulp. It is used to manufacture various drinks and ice-creams. You can easily extract juice from fresh camu berries. As the taste is not so pleasant, adding other fruits to camu camu berries is more preferred while making juice. The beneficial factor is that camu fruits have an appealing aroma and color and so when added to ice creams, candies, juices or similar dishes, they can make the dish delicious. You should consume the juice or powder made from camu berries regularly to avail the exclusive health benefits offered by these berries.
Camu Camu Health Benefits
The most amazing fact about camu fruit is that it contains more vitamin C (about 2 grams of vitamin C per 100 grams of fruit) than any other known fruit in the world. You might be perhaps surprised to know that camu-camu provides fifty times more vitamin C than orange!
Camu-camu is also packed with potassium (about 711 mg per kg of fruit), and powerful phytochemicals and amino acids (serine, valine, and leucine). Each teaspoon of dried, powdered camu camu contains around 180-220 milligrams of ascorbic acid and small amounts of vitamins thiamine, riboflavin and niacin. It is high in bioflavonoids.
The juice made from camu camu can strengthen your immune system, help you get rid of viral infections and can help you maintain optimal health, despite constant stress and anxiety experienced in fast-paced modern life. It does not allow stress to deplete your immune system. Camu-camu also helps maintain healthy gums, eyes and skin. It is good for the brain (nervous system) and heart (circulatory system). Camu berry works great for asthma, arteriosclerosis, colds, cataracts, depression, edema, gingivitis, glaucoma, hepatitis, infertility, migraine, osteoarthritis, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, etc.
The antioxidant vitamin-C prevents the formation of cancer cells and enhances the function of the immune system which in turn offers you overall emotional stability and mood enhancement. It is known for anti-aging effects as it offers you glowing skin along with healthy nails and hair.
Exclusive benefit of camu camu juice is that it does not allow plaque to accumulate in the arteries and thus reduces the chances of heart diseases. Powerful nutrients in the camu berries make the blood vessels so flexible and relaxed, that your blood pressure is maintained at normal level.
Regular consumption of camu berries enhances the function of the liver. The berries promote liver detoxification and help get rid of the harmful chemicals. Some of the common health benefits of these berries include reduced attacks of colds and flu, alleviation of the pain experienced in various conditions like arthritis, headaches, etc; greater chances of conception, and prevention of eye problems.
Camu Camu Side Effects
No major side effects of camu berries have been yet reported. People might think that excessive consumption of camu camu juice may result in vitamin C overdose symptoms as the berries are packed with vitamin C. But no side effects of excess vitamin C from natural sources have yet been noticed. Vitamin C when taken in the supplement form and in excessive amount leads to some side effects.
It is clear that the juice made from camu camu berries has a surprising range of health benefits. Moreover, the juice is less expensive than most medicines and being natural, it does not cause any health hazards. Camu berries can be considered as natural super food, with the help of which you can lead a healthy and active life forever.