Camu Camu

About Camu Camu

Camu-camu also known as camucamu, cacari, camocamo and by its scientific name myrciaria dubia. It is a fruit of the myrtaceae family that grows in the areas of Peru and Brazil. In the past it has only been used in South America but now a days, it has become very popular all over the world. Its fruits, leaves and seeds have a high content of nutrient and is commonly considered a superfood.

Camu Camu Uses, Properties, and Health Benefits

Camu Camu has anti-fungal, antioxidant, antidepressant, immune system booster, anti-ageing, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory,and anti-arthritic. Due to many nutrients Camu camu has numerous health benefits for depression and elevating moods because of its levels of serotonin. Due to its many antioxidants it can benefit cancer. Other health benefits are for diabetes, low vision, alzheimer’s disease, herpes ( cold sores), and herpes genital.

Camu Camu Nutritional Information

Camu Camu is considered a super-food because of its high contents of vitamin C, 60 times more than oranges. It also provides an excellent boost to the immune system and contains minerals like potassium, copper, calcium, sodium and also has antioxidants compounds that may help with chronic and degenerative diseases. The seed contains betulinic acid that is good for the prevention of immune related diseases.

Camu Camu Nutrition Facts (per 100 g)
Nutrition Facts
Calories: 347
Total Carbohydrates: 78 g
Dietary Fiber: 34 g
Total Fat: 0.3 g
Protein: 0.4 g

Vitamins
Vitamin A: 210 IU
Lutein+Zeaxanthin: 355 mcg
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) 0.72 mg
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1.17 mg
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 112 mg
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) 4810 mg

Minerals
Calcium: 12.9 mg
Copper: 34 mg
Magnesium: 12.1 mg
Manganese: 1.94 mg
Potassium: 867 mg
Sodium: 24.5 mg
Zinc: 0.2 mg

References:
https://spoonuniversity.com/lifestyle/camu-camu-berry-vitamin-c
https://www.curesdecoded.com/products/camu-camu/1504
https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/07/25/camu-camu-benefits-n3644392.html
http://organiccrops.net/bin/OCProdCamuCamu-Powder05EN.pdf