The camu camu berry gives a boost of vitamin C, helping to keep work stress at bay. Read on to find out more about its surprising benefits.
Camu camu is another berry native to the Amazon forest. The fruit is about the size of a large grape, with a reddish-purple color and yellow pulp. It contains a rich amount of vitamin C, possibly more than any other food source. One teaspoon of camu camu powder contains 1180 per cent of your daily recommended vitamin C intake!
Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins that our body does not produce. It is an essential antioxidant that helps to neutralise free radicals responsible for chronic diseases and accelerated aging. Some studies suggest that vitamin C can reduce blood pressure, protect heart health and lower the risk of skin and cervical cancer.
The camu camu berry also contains essential amino acids that promote muscle and bone tissue growth, that are important for nervous system and cognitive functions. In addition, they are rich in flavonoids and other minerals that have antioxidant and anti-viral effects.
The fruit tends to have a sour taste – so the camu camu berry is often consumed in the powder form. It can also be added to oatmeal, cereals, yogurt, and smoothies. They give a refreshing boost to frozen desserts, and are added into salad dressings or sauces for that same reason.
However, too much of anything is never good, an unrestricted intake of vitamin C may result in kidney problems — so consume those Camu Camu berries in moderation!