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What Is Camu Camu Good For?

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  • Camu camu (Myrciaria dubia) is a small orange-red fruit, similar in size to that of a large cherry, with a tart flavor; the camu camu tree grows primarily in South America
  • Camu camu contains exceptionally high amounts of vitamin C — anywhere from 1,882 to 2,280 milligrams per 100 grams of fresh fruit. For comparison, acerola cherries typically contain around 1,678 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams
  • Vitamin C is an important immune booster and helps defend against viral attacks and inflammation. It’s also used by your body for wound healing, repairing and maintaining the health of your bones and teeth
  • Camu camu also contains a number of other valuable nutrients, including manganese, copper, carotenoids, flavonoids, essential amino acids (including valine, serine and leucine), gallic and ellagic acid, and fiber
  • Research suggests camu camu can help boost cognitive function and reduce your risk of dementia, facilitate muscle growth, aid digestion, lower your risk of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cancer, macular degeneration and more

By Dr. Mercola

Chances are, if you live in the U.S. and Europe, you may not have heard of camu camu (Myrciaria dubia, sometimes also referred to as cacari and camocamo), a small orange-red fruit, similar in size to that of a large cherry, with a tart flavor. The camu camu tree grows along Amazonian riverbanks in South America, and due to rapid perishability, you're not likely to find it at the supermarket.


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