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Camu Camu – superfood!

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This photo shows the berry  form of Camu, most likely you will only encounter it in powder form.

Camu (ka-moo)

A berry, often called Camu Camu, that is the fruit of a low-growing shrub (Myrciaria Dubia), native to lush rain forest climates.

The Super C

The small red Camu berry is respected worldwide as “nature’s vitamin pill.” Containing a higher naturally occurring vitamin C content than any other food on the planet, Camu has long been used for its nutritional and medicinal attributes. Navitas Naturals Camu is grown organically in Peru, where gentle freeze-drying methods are used to protect and maximize the nutrient potential of this extraordinary super berry powder.

What does Camu taste like:

It has hints of hibiscus, berry and citrus flavor. It is tart and tangy so keep that in mind as you develop recipes around it.

The Power of Camu

Undoubtedly, camu is most famous for its mega-C content, containing 30 to 60 times more vitamin C than an orange. Yet to further catapult this berry into superfood status, camu also contains many other important nutritional elements — such as a broad range of antioxidants, phytochemicals, amino acids, as well as many vitamins and minerals like beta-carotene and potassium. The powerful elements found in camu have a wide range of therapeutic effects, making the berry particularly effective in assisting the immune system, fighting inflammation, and serving as a strong anti-viral food. As a potent, whole food carrier of naturally occurring phytonutrients, camu’s nutrition is greatly superior to man-made pills (isolated forms) as it enables optimum utilization of nutrients within the body.

Health Benefits:

Traditionally, camu camu has been used to:

* support the immune system
* maintain excellent eyesight
* create beautiful skin
* ward off viral infections
* support strong collagen, tendons and ligaments
* decrease inflammation
* improve respiratory (lung) health
* help maintain optimal clarity of mind in times of stress and anxiety

Camu camu berries especially support the functions of the brain, eyes, heart, liver and skin.

How to use Camu Camu:

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4 thoughts on “Camu Camu – superfood!

  1. Marizz says:

    I am looking information on camu camu..I got some at amazon and it came loose in simple bag and it does not taste tart very mild barely and its like sticks to my toung like it has fillers?

    starchy with liquid… is the real camu camu like this? Iam wondering if it has most filers than camu?

    • amie-sue says:


      Can you post a link or send me an email as to which camu camu you ordered from Amazon so I can look at it? I can’t say that I have ever put camu straight on my tongue so I can’t comment on that part of it. I tend to use it in desserts or smoothies as one of the many other ingredients.

  2. Helen says:

    I have a few recipies which call for camu camu powder. I don’t have any and it is extremely expensive. However, I do have a tub of raw rosella (hibiscus) powder. Can I use that instead? The rosella is very citrussy and sharp. Should I try it out using the same quantities? (The rosella powder is from the company bigtreefarms.com which also does raw cacao products.) The recipies I have are for drinks and desserts and typically use only small amounts of camu camu – around a tsp per serving. Thanks Helen

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Helen, I am not familiar with the raw rosella powder but it sounds like they both have a tangy taste so I would give it a try. I would use the same measurement but it if you are not sure, always start with about 1/2 and build up till you understand the flavor profile. Sounds fun to try! Blessings, amie sue

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