Camu camu 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, that is loaded with Vitamin C. Known as a healing superfood, Camu Camu is relatively new to this part of the world. Its major importer is actually Japan, but as more and more is discovered about its remarkable nutritional composition, the demand is increasing. While the fruit is relatively easy to harvest, there is still not large-scale cultivation outside of South America, making it a very important crop.
Country of Origin: Amazon
Some experts say that Camu fruit has 60 times the Vitamin C as an orange. Because of this, it is a huge immune system booster, with additional nutrients like potassium, calcium, iron and protein.
The largest amount of amino acids contained in this fruit have a range of therapeutic effects such as balancing mood and reducing anxiety. Camu camu has astringent, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, emollient and nutritional properties as well.
Due to camu camu’s anti-viral properties, it can help with cold sores, herpes, shingles and the common cold.
The abundant amount of Vitamin C and other nutrients mentioned in Camu Camu also makes this plant imperative for skin health. Antioxidants help to protect skin from free radicals. Vitamins and minerals keep skin supple and youthful looking, while preventing signs of aging.