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For Life - Africa Camu Camu fruit (Myrciaria dubia)
is a low-growing shrub found throughout the Amazon rain forests of
Peru and Brazil. It produces a lemon sized, light orange to purplish
red fruit with yellow pulp. This fruit is packed with more natural
vitamin C than any other food source recorded on the planet, in addition
to beta-carotene, potassium, calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorus, protein,
serine, thiamin, leucine, and valine. These powerful phytochemicals
and amino acids have a surprising range of therapeutic effects. Camu
camu has astringent, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, emollient and
Benefits of Camu Camu:
• Vitamin C - more than any other food! Camu camu is full
of vitamin C: 60 times more per serving than an orange! A teaspoon
of camu camu powder has 1180 per cent of your recommended daily
intake for vitamin C, which is important for gum health, among other
functions in our body.
(1/2 teaspoon of powder provides more than 400% the Daily Value!)
• Strengthens immune system.
• High in anti-oxidants
• Balances Mood - effective and safe antidepressant.
• Supports optimal function of nervous system including
eye and brain functions
• Provides arthritic protection by helping reduce inflammation.
• Anti-hepatitic - protects against liver disorders, including
liver disease and liver cancer.
• Effective against all forms of the Herpes virus (i.e. Epstein-Barr,
Mononucleosis, cold sores, etc.)
Camu Camu Powder is about 15% Vitamin C by weight. In comparison
to oranges, camu camu provides 30-50 times more vitamin C, ten times
more iron, three times more niacin, twice as much riboflavin, and
50% more phosphorus.
Valine is an amino acid found in camu camu. It's an essential amino
acid, meaning that we must get it in food because our bodies can't
produce it. Valine is used by thebody to prevent muscle breakdown
and is important for nervous system and cognitive function.
Our bodies need potassium for the proper functioning of the heart
and kidneys. Camu camu is one way to get it: 71.1 milligrams are
found in every 100 grams.
This is another essential amino acid found in camu camu, one that
our bodies need for muscle and bone tissue growth and recovery and
the production of growth hormones.
Another amino acid! This one is key for digestion: serine helps
to break down the bonds in proteins and polypeptides so they can
be used by our bodies.
Camu camu has several different flavonoids, which are compounds
that are found in plants and are part of what gives fruits and vegetables
their awesome colours. They mostly function in the body as antioxidants,
neutralizing harmful free radicals.
• Gallic Acid
Gallic acid is found in camu camu, which is good news because it
appears to have anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. It also acts
as an antioxidant.
• Ellagic Acid
This is another acid with antioxidant properties, found in camu
camu. It's been studied for anti-cancer effects, though research
is still very early. Some research also indicates that ellagic acid
has anti-diabetes effects.
In one study, 20 male smokers drank camu camu juice or took vitamin
C tablets daily for a week. The group who took camu camu showed
a decrease in some markers for antioxidants and oxidative stress
at the end of the study, compared to no change for those who had
vitamin C tablets.
Information sourced from www.purehealingfoods.com