Camu camu is a shrub from the Amazon rainforest known as Myrciaria dubia. It produces edible berries that resemble cherries. It has traditionally been used in South America as a nutritious food source as well as a medicinal remedy. However, camucamu berries have a very sour taste. Camu camu is typically taken in powder form and added to water or other beverages.1,2
Camu Camu Health Uses and Health Benefits
Camu camu is known for its high level of nutrition. One of the main health benefits of camucamu is its incredibly high content of vitamin C. Because it has 60 times more vitamin C than an orange, camucamu is considered a type of superfood.2
In addition to vitamin C, camucamu is also high in manganese and copper and contains several other trace minerals. Beyond its nutrition benefits, camucamu also contains antioxidant substances called carotenoids, which have disease-prevention benefits.
Camu camu has been used to treat and address illnesses ranging from infections to inflammation. Because of its antioxidants, camucamu is thought to be a natural immune system booster, helping the body to better fight off invading pathogens.2
The high vitamin C content in camucamu is also believed to help protect the liver from disease, allowing it to better heal and detoxify. Other camucamu health benefits include: